174,502 residents

74,955 households

110 square miles

Unique District 6 dynamics

District 6 includes established and still growing municipalities such as Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina and Hopkins, along with stable and lower-density lake communities, such as Long Lake, Mound and Woodland. Larger development patterns have been driven by the expansion of Interstate 494 and Minnesota 7, 62 and 169. Plans for Southwest Light Rail continue to spur new development as cities naturally cycle from development to redevelopment phases.

Some of the region’s largest companies are based in District 6, including Cargill, United Health Group, SuperValu and Carlson.

With the county’s largest lake bodies here it makes sense that two of residents’ chief concerns are protecting the region’s lakes and natural resources and sustaining a strong climate of innovation and business growth. District 6 communities are highly collaborative, frequently partnering or sharing services to achieve common goals.

Assets

An effective engagement strategy will leverage the trusted organizations and recognized strengths that are active in each district. Matching asset to opportunity reveals focus areas for our engagement.

City partnerships

Cities in District 6 have historically collaborated for improved service and increased efficiency. Engaging city leaders will be key to an effective approach in District 6. Great examples of cross-jurisdiction collaboration include the Centennial Lakes development in Edina, and Cottageville Park in Hopkins.

  • City parks departments
  • Law enforcement and fire and rescue

Important Community Groups

Community organizations provide a shared identity and purpose for residents of District 6. From engagement to environmental preservation and the arts, District 6 residents are engaged in their communities.

  • Blake Road Corridor Coalition
  • My Health for Teens and Young Adults
  • Chambers of commerce
  • ICA Food Shelf
  • Rotary
  • The Depot
  • Hopkins One Voice
  • Resource West
  • St. David’s for Children
  • TreeHouse
  • Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
  • Hammer Residences
  • Housing Within Reach
  • Hopkins Center for the Arts
  • Minnetonka Center for the Arts
  • Music Association of Minnetonka
  • Stages Theater Co.
  • New American Academy

Core educational resources

Outstanding educational options are a draw for District 6 communities. Residents are engaged in using and supporting excellent schools and the organizations that support them.

K-12 public school districts and schools

  • Hopkins
  • Westonka
  • Eden Prairie
  • Orono
  • Edina
  • Wayzata
  • Minnetonka

Community educational resources

Economic climate

District 6 is home to everything from international corporate campuses to small, family-owned businesses. Lakes also serve as attraction for visitors, in turn supporting local business and entertainment options. Residents and stakeholders live their belief in collaboration and innovation. Marquee businesses include:

  • Cargill
  • Carlson
  • Digi International
  • United Health Group
  • Regis Corporation
  • Famous Dave’s
  • SuperValu
  • Carlson Companies
  • Cargill
  • TCF Bank

District 6

Hennepin County presence

Commissioner District 6
Commissioner Jan Callison, [email protected], 612-348-7886

Key activities, initiatives, engagement and outreach

  • Active Living
  • Aquatic invasive species prevention
  • Better Together Hennepin and My Health Clinic
  • Child/adult protection
  • Child supprt
  • Financial assistance
  • Hennepin County Library working with dementia support
  • Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol on Lake Minnetonka
  • Medicine disposal locations
  • Mental health support
  • Public Health activities
  • Supportive housing
  • Lake Minnetonka management

Key transportation and community development projects

  • Economic programs
  • Hazardous waste collection event
  • Health community engagement planning
  • Hopkins Artery District
  • Road and bridge construction projects
  • Southwest Light Rail Transit
  • Southwest Community Works
  • School recycling grants and programs
  • Water quality
  • Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction (County Road 112 in Long Lake and Orono)

Watersheds

  • Minnehaha Creek
  • Nine Mile Creek
  • Pioneer-Sarah Creek
  • Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek

Key issues

We heard from the Community of Practice participants:

Affordable housing and displacement
There is decreasing availability of affordable housing even amidst a high presence of rental housing. High-end development projects raise fears about displacement. Other concerns include maintaining affordable housing for seniors and availability of multi-generational housing.

Income divisions and hidden poverty
Food insecurity among families is present and growing and often overshadowed by the district’s affluent image.

Demographic and development shifts
The eastern side of the district is the more diverse; many languages are spoken in its schools. Meanwhile the rural western side of the district is far less diverse. There is an emerging tension between proponents of development to support projected population growth and advocates of longstanding communities that desire to maintain their small-town character.

Health
Health concerns include support for an aging population, student mental health and the impacts of the opioid crisis

Preserving natural resources
Protecting natural resources is an important issue in a district that is known for its lakes, creeks and marshlands, This includes preserving resources at Hennepin County’s Home School property.

Transportation
Cities are car-centered. Large numbers of residents commute downtown for work. Potential improvements include better connection to and availability of mass transit, pedestrian and biking options.

County leadership believes:

Distinct population traits

We heard from the Community of Practice participants:

Immigrants and newer residents
There are established and growing populations of newer Americans in the eastern part of District 6, including a significant Somali population.

Rural populations and lake communities
This district has distinct rural areas and small, tightly knit communities around the lakes – all big draws for a substantial portion of the population who have chosen to reside here.

Commuters
Many people who live in District 6 commute to work. Others choose to work for one of the large or small employers located in the district. located in this district.

Elders
21% of the county’s senior population is located in District 6. Hearing their hopes and concerns for the future of the district and county are integral to engagement activity.

County leadership believes:

District 6

Data Sources

1. 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates (U.S. Census)
The American Community Survey (ACS) provides detailed demographic, social, economic, commuting and housing statistics based on continuous survey data collection. Data collected over the most recent 5 years are batched, summarized and published the following December.

2. 2018 ESRI, American Community Survey (ACS), U.S. Census
3. Hennepin County Public Works
4. Hennepin County Health & Human Services
DHS Data Warehouse – MAXIS

Eligibility and Work Supports programs include: DWP (Diversionary Work Program), MFIP (MN Family Investment Program), GA (General Assistance), MSA (MN Supplemental Aid), RCA (Refugee Cash Assistance), GRH (Group Residential Housing), WB (Work Benefit), IVE (4E – Foster care), EA (Emergency Assistance), FS (SNAP – Food Support), HC (Healthcare)