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 Shorewood (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2008
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 4,223 4,646 5,917 7,400 7,582 1,483 25.06
Land Area (sq. mile) 5.00 5.50 5.31 5.31 -- 0.00 0.01
Density (persons per sq. mile) 844.6 844.7 1,114.3 1,393.5 -- 279.17 25.05
Housing Units 1,194 1,575 2,143 2,599 -- 456 21.28
Households -- 1,484 2,026 2,529 2,666 503 24.83
Persons Per Household -- 3.13 2.92 2.93 2.84 0.01 0.32


Shorewood is a city on Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County. It includes the Lake Minnetonka islands of Spray, Shady, and part of Enchanted.  Minnesota. State Highway 7 serves as a main route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.4 square miles (34.6 km˛), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.8 km˛) of it is land and 8.0 square miles (20.8 km˛) of it (60.22%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 7,400 people, 2,529 households, and 2,106 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,393.5 people per square mile (538.1/km˛). There were 2,599 housing units at an average density of 489.4/sq mi (189.0/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 97.82% White, 0.39% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 2,529 households out of which 45.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.7% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 13.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $96,589, and the median income for a family was $104,100. Males had a median income of $68,182 versus $41,679 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,425. About 1.3% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

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Shorewood, from what had been a part of Excelsior Township, was organized as a village in 1956 and became a statutory city in 1974.

Shorewood area history dates back to the last Ice Age, when glacial melting created the Lake Minnetonka area. Situated on one of the largest lakes in Minnesota, Shorewood was incorporated from an area previously known as Excelsior Township. In the centuries following the Ice Age, the Lake area was inhabited by various Native American tribes. The name, Lake Minnetonka means “Big Waters” in native Dakota language.

In 1853, a group from New York founded the town of Excelsior out of the property formerly referred to as Excelsior Township. Remaining property, including what is now Shorewood, remained part of the Township. Over the next century other townships and municipalities were founded including Tonka Bay and Deephaven. Finally, in order to prevent the property remaining in Excelsior Township from being “lost” in annexation, a group of residents gathered together and formed what is now Shorewood.

Shorewood was primarily a residential community. It included the shores of Lake Minnetonka and Christmas Lake. It was part of the bigger Lake Minnetonka area which was a major tourist destination during the late 19th century. Luxurious hotels and inns dotted the landscape around us, and the railroad and State Highway 7 made for convenient access.

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SHOREWOOD, a city originally part of Excelsior Township and developed as a residential community; incorporated as a village on May 14, 1956.

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Shorewood City Hall
5755 Country Club Road
Shorewood, MN 55331
Phone: (952) 960-7900
Fax: (952) 474-0128

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday   8:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm

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Title Term Ends Name  and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Jennifer Labadie
5510 Howards Point Road
Shorewood, MN 55331
(952) 836-8719
City Administrator appointed Greg Lerud
5755 Country Club Road
Shorewood, MN 55331
Email (952) 960-7905
Council Member 12/31/2022 Debbie Siakel
25680 Birch Bluff Road
Shorewood, MN 55331
Email (952) 470-4458
Council Member 12/31/2022 Nathaniel R. Gorham
6060 Riviera Lane
Shorewood, MN 55331
Email not available
Council Member 12/31/2024 Paula Callies
20465 Radisson Road
Shorewood, MN 55331
(952) 474-0721
Council Member 12/31/2024 Patrick Johnson
26350 Alexander Lane
Shorewood, MN 55331
(612) 217-4704

Post Office:  Shorewood is served by the Excelsior Post Office:
US Post Office
545 2nd Street
Excelsior, MN
(952) 401-9093
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (952) 474-2866

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Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:00 pm
Saturday                12:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (612) 639-1234
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (612) 372-4727
Wastewater Metropolitan Council Environmental Svc (651) 222-8423
Water City of Shorewood  
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Triax Cable (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Xcel Energy Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Dist. 90
Minnetonka Country Club Other Amusement & Recreation Industries 50

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