Arden Hills, Minnesota

Arden Hills is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 9,552 at the 2010 census.[6] Bethel University and Seminary is located in the city of Arden Hills. Also, the campus of University of Northwestern – St. Paul straddles the Arden Hills – Roseville border. The headquarters of Land O'Lakes and Catholic United Financial, a fraternal benefit society, are located there as well.

Arden Hills
Location of the city of Arden Hills
within Ramsey County, Minnesota
CountryUnited States
 • MayorDavid Grant
 • Total9.60 sq mi (24.86 km2)
 • Land8.46 sq mi (21.92 km2)
 • Water1.14 sq mi (2.94 km2)
938 ft (286 m)
 • Total9,552
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,214.82/sq mi (469.03/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)651
FIPS code27-02026[4]
GNIS feature ID0639428[5]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.65 square miles (24.99 km2), of which 8.59 square miles (22.25 km2) is land and 1.06 square miles (2.75 km2) is water.[7]

Interstate Highway 35W, Interstate Highway 694, U.S. Highway 10, Minnesota Highway 51/Snelling Avenue, and County Highway 96 are some of the main routes in the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)10,281[3]7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 9,552 people, 2,957 households, and 2,019 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,112.0 inhabitants per square mile (429.3/km2). There were 3,053 housing units at an average density of 355.4 per square mile (137.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.3% White, 1.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.9% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 2,957 households, of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 34.8 years. 16.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 26.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,652 people, 2,959 households, and 2,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,087.3 people per square mile (419.7/km2). There were 3,017 housing units at an average density of 339.9 per square mile (131.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.81% White, 1.32% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.64% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 2,959 households, out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 20.0% under the age of 18, 20.3% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $64,773, and the median income for a family was $72,236. Males had a median income of $52,464 versus $38,906 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,609. About 1.8% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.


The following institutions are located in Arden Hills:

Mounds View High School is a public Grade 9–12 school; it is one of two high schools in Independent School District 621; the other is Irondale High School.

Valentine Hills is the only elementary school in the city of Arden Hills; it is one of six elementary schools in Independent School District 621.


Arden Hills uses a city council consisting of four councilmembers and a mayor. As of May 2020, the current mayor of Arden Hills is David Grant.[8]


The headquarters of Land O'Lakes is in the city.[9]


Presidential election results
2020 Precinct Results Spreadsheet[10] 2016 Precinct Results Spreadsheet[11] 2012 Precinct Results Spreadsheet[12] 2008 Precinct Results Spreadsheet[13] 2004 Precinct Results Spreadsheet[14] 2000 Precinct Results Spreadsheet[15] 1996 Precinct Results[16] 1992 Precinct Results[17] 1988 Precinct Results[18] 1984 Precinct Results[19] 1980 Precinct Results[20] 1976 Precinct Results[21] 1968 Precinct Results[22] 1964 Precinct Results[23] 1960 Precinct Results[24]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 32.9% 1,828 64.3% 3,577 2.8% 158
2016 36.9% 2,090 51.5% 2,916 11.6% 655
2012 49.2% 2,841 48.2% 2,784 2.6% 150
2008 52.6% 2,154 45.6% 1,866 1.8% 75
2004 53.1% 3,128 45.6% 2,683 1.3% 75
2000 55.8% 3,210 38.3% 2,204 5.9% 343
1996 50.0% 2,565 41.8% 2,143 8.2% 419
1992 44.0% 2,396 34.8% 1,894 21.2% 1,160
1988 60.2% 3,163 39.8% 2,087 0.0% 0
1984 61.9% 2,642 38.1% 1,627 0.0% 0
1980 49.6% 2,128 36.5% 1,566' 13.9% 600
1976 56.5% 1,977 41.3% 1,445 2.2% 76
1968 52.4% 1,120 45.0% 963 2.6% 56
1964 49.0% 882 50.9% 916 0.1% 3
1960 58.1% 1,009 41.9% 729 0.0% 0

Top employers

According to Arden Hills' 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[25] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Boston Scientific 2,000
2 Land O'Lakes 800
3 Smiths Medical 525
4 Presbyterian Homes and Services 500
5 FICO 280
6 Country Financial 236

Land Use

Any new development is expected to conform to the provisions of the very detailed (and sometimes contradictory) provisions of the Zoning Code, the primary stated purpose of which is to ensure fair application of City development regulations and to promote the public health, safety, and welfare.

Proposed deviations from the Zoning Code require the approval of a "variance" by the City Council, which takes into consideration the recommendations of the Planning Commission, staff, and members of the public. Requests for variances are required to address the criteria in Minnesota State Statutes 462.357 Subd. 6. Variances are intended to be used to address unique lot situations when the literal application of the Code would restrict reasonable use of the land and create an undue hardship as defined in Minnesota State Statutes. The undue hardship cannot be created by the landowner or be based entirely on economic reasons. Variance applications are reviewed by the Planning Commission, which is responsible for determining what constitutes "undue hardship."

Members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the City Council. Commission members are to represent the interests of the community and evaluate development applications based on established City Codes and State Statutes. Planning Commission members must be City residents, and they are unpaid volunteers.

In July 2006 the city reached a tentative agreement with the U.S. Government to purchase a large portion of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site for $45 million, a deal that could lead to a major new development that would include 2,400 new homes and 3,200,000 square feet (300,000 m2) of commercial space.

Environmental protection

The City has a Shoreland Ordinance, which is typical of communities in Minnesota with lakes. The text of the Ordinance states that uncontrolled use of shorelands of the City affects the public health, safety and general welfare by contributing to pollution of public waters. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public's health, safety, and welfare, and to provide for the wise development of shorelands of public waters. The Minnesota Legislature has delegated responsibility to the municipalities of the State to regulate the subdivision, use, and development of the shorelands of public waters, and thus preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, preserve the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands, and provide for the wise utilization of waters and related land resources. The State has not, however, required that the delegated responsibility be exercised with respect to enforcement of the corresponding laws, ordinances, and regulations, nor does the State require that the municipality have an established administrative sanction (fine) process at its disposal for the punishment of violators.

The City is located within the Rice Creek Watershed District. In its effort to minimize storm water runoff, the District encourages minimization of impervious surfaces in developed areas.


The Twins Cities Titans of the NEFL are a semi-pro football team who play in Arden Hills.

New Minnesota Stadium

Ramsey County officials announced in May 2011 that they had reached an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings to be the team's local partner for a new stadium. The site of the stadium would be the former Twins Cities Army Ammunitions Plant in Arden Hills, which is about 10 miles from the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The agreement called for an $884 million stadium and an additional $173 million for on-site infrastructure, parking and environmental costs.[26]

Ramsey county said the Vikings would commit $407 million to the project, which was about 44% of the stadium cost and 39% of the overall cost. The county's cost would have been $350 million, financed by a half-cent sales tax increase. The remaining amount of $300 million would be paid by Minnesota taxpayers.[26]

Governor Mark Dayton said fixing the roads near the location would likely cost between $175 and 240 million.[26]

This plan fell through, however, on March 1, 2012 when Governor Dayton announced the stadium would be built on the site of their former home, the Metrodome.[27]


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  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" . United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website" . United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" . United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File" . American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved April 23, 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010" . United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  8. ^ "Mayor & City Council Directory - Arden Hills, MN - Official Website" . City of Arden Hills. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  9. ^ "Contact Archived March 31, 2014, at the Wayback Machine". Land O'Lakes. Retrieved on March 20, 2014. "Land O'Lakes, Inc. 4001 Lexington Ave. N Arden Hills, MN 55126-2998" - Directions (Archive )
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  27. ^ "Minnesota Vikings Website" . Archived from the original on July 6, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2014.


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