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Plymouth Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
  Location of Plymouth Minnesota

Population: 
 Plymouth (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
(est)
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 18,077 31,615 50,889 65,894 71,147 15,005 29.49
Land Area (sq. mile) 32.20 34.09 32.93 32.91 -- -0.02 -0.05
Density (persons per sq. mile) 561.4 927.4 1,545.4 2,002.0 -- 456.59 29.55
Housing Units 4,825 11,039 19,616 25,258 -- 5,642 28.76
Households -- 10,491 18,361 24,820 27,962 6,459 35.18
Persons Per Household -- 2.96 2.72 2.60 2.48 -0.12 -4.50

Geography:

Plymouth is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Interstate 494, U.S. Route 169, and Minnesota State Highway 55 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91.5 km˛)—32.9 square miles (85.2 km˛) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km˛) of it (6.82%) is water. The elevation is 971 ft (296 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 65,894 people, 24,820 households, and 17,647 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,002.0 persons per square mile (773.1/km˛). There were 25,258 housing units at an average density of 767.4 per square mile (296.3/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 91.36% White, 2.71% African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.79% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population. 27.0% were of German, 13.1% Norwegian, 7.8% Irish and 7.5% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 24,820 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $77,008, and the median income for a family was $90,134. Males had a median income of $59,751 versus $38,111 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,309. About 1.5% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



History:  

Plymouth's history can be traced back to the pre-Columbian period, 1400-1500 AD.[6] The original inhabitants were the Dakota. Their encampment was at the north end of Medicine Lake, whose name is derived from the Native American word "Mdewakan," meaning "Lake of the Spirit." The Dakota named it after a warrior overturned his canoe and his body was never recovered.

Antoine LeCounte, a guide and explorer, was the first settler to this area. He arrived in 1848, but did not settle until 1852. He carried mail from the Red River country to points south, trading goods to Native Americans for horses on the way. LeCounte built the first cabin at what is now East Medicine Lake Blvd. at 29th Ave. N. Plymouth's beginning as a town occurred in 1855 on the northwest shores of what is now known as Parkers Lake. A gristmill and other structures were built in the area. In the spring of 1857, when Parkers Lake flooded, the mill was taken down and moved to Freeport, Minnesota, known today as Wayzata.

As new settlers came to the area, they decided to organize. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners named the new settlement Plymouth. On April 19, 1858, a group of townspeople met at the home of Francis Day to open elections for town offices. On May 11, 1858, the group voted to change the town's name to Medicine Lake. This was used once at the town meeting, but for reasons, which were not recorded, it was never used again.

During the Dakota War of 1862 between white settlers and the Dakota at Fort Ridgely, near New Ulm, the settlers of Plymouth formed a militia. When the Civil War started, Plymouth paid its volunteers $25 to enlist. At about this time, Plymouth's growth began to take on a new look. Schools and churches were built and a post office was located in Plymouth. By 1863, hotels were being built.

More changes occurred after the Civil War. By 1880, Plymouth boasted a population of 1,074, and reaped $667 in annual taxes. Farming became the trade of most settlers. Roads were built across Plymouth, making access to other towns possible. Medicine Lake had become a major tourist attraction and resorts were built around its shores.

As the character of the community evolved, so did local government. Plymouth incorporated as a village on May 18, 1955. The City adopted the Council-Manager form of government on August 1, 1968. Plymouth became a statutory city on February 7, 1974. It remained a statutory city until voters opted to make it a home rule charter city by adopting a City Charter on November 3, 1992. The City Charter went into effect on January 1, 1993. The Charter continued the Council-Manager form of government, and increased the size of the City Council. Prior to the adoption of the Charter, the City Council was made up of five members elected at-large. The Charter increased the Council to seven members elected from four wards.

In most recent news Plymouth was named by Money Magazine the number one city in which to live in the United States in 2008. The magazine gave top honors to Plymouth because of its inclusion of residential areas, industry, parks, schools, and other aspects which make Plymouth a self-contained and essentially autonomous city.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

PLYMOUTH, first settled in October 1853, organized May 11, 1858, took the name of its village previously platted on Parkers Lake in 1856, but the village was only of short duration, in contrast with the township name, which, however, some of the settlers at first wished to change to Medicine Lake. Like all the many Plymouths of the United States, it commemorates the city of Plymouth at the mouth of the River Plym in Devonshire, England, whence the Pilgrims in the Mayflower sailed in 1620 to the site of Plymouth, Mass., landing there on a boulder of world renown, called Plymouth Rock.

The city of Plymouth was incorporated on May 18, 1955, and had a post office operating 1865-69, 1879-80, and 1886-1901; it had a station of the Minnesota and Pacific Railroad.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government:
Plymouth City Hall
3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
Phone: (763) 509-5000
Fax: (763) 509-5060
Web: www.ci.plymouth.mn.us 
Plymouth Minnesota City Hall
Mayor Kelli Slavik (763) 509-5007
City Manager Laurie Ahrens (763) 509-5300
Council Member - Ward 1 (NW) Judy Johnson (763) 509-5001
Council Member - Ward 2 (SW) Kathleen Murdock (763) 509-5002
Council Member - Ward 3 (SE) Bob Stein (763) 509-5003
Council Member - Ward 4 (NE) Ginny Black (763) 509-5004
Council Member - At Large Tim Bildsoe (763) 509-5005
Council Member - At Large Jim Willis (763) 509-5006

Post Office:
US Post Office
3300 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN
55447-9998
Phone:
(763) 557-1372
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web:
www.usps.com
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:30 pm
Saturday                4:00 pm

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Assn (763) 477-3000
Electricity Xcel Energy   (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 245-2377
Wastewater Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (651) 602-1005
Water Plymouth Public Works (763) 509-5950
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Comcast (651) 222-3333

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Carlson Travel Agencies 2,225
Prudential Insurance Co Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1,600
CenturyLink Communications Wired TeleComm. Carriers 700
Boston Scientific Electromedical & Electrotherapeutic Apparatus Mfg. 600
Honeywell Inc Semiconductor & Related Device Mfg. 500
Select Comfort Corp Furniture Stores 475
Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc Pharmaceutical Prep. Mfg. 400
US Food Service Mobile Food Svcs. 400
Fortis Health Direct Health & Medical Insurance Carriers 390
Deltak Corp Power Boiler & Heat Exchanger Mfg. 370
Turck Inc All Other Misc. Electrical Equip. & Component Mfg. 322
Wagner Spray Tech Inc Paint & Coating Mfg. 265
Banner Engineering Corp All Other Misc. Electrical Equip. & Component Mfg. 260
Nu-Aire Inc Laboratory Apparatus & Furniture Mfg. 250
Buhler Inc All Other Indus. Machinery Mfg. 232


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