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The Metropolitan Area

St. Louis Park is a first-ring suburb located immediately west of Minneapolis in Hennepin County; we're part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, which includes Minneapolis, St. Paul and suburbs. To learn more about things to do in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis and St. Paul, visit their convention and visitors' bureau sites:

Land Facts

  • Total square miles - 10.67
  • Land devoted to parks/open space - 750 acres
  • Overall residential density - 4,100 persons per square mile

St. Louis Park has two distinct landscape regions:

  • The area north of Minnetonka Boulevard is generally characterized by rolling uplands with intermittent ponds and wetlands.
  • The area south of Minnetonka Boulevard has nearly level to gently rolling topography with intermittent ponds and wetlands.

Minnehaha Creek meanders through St. Louis Park along its southwestern and southern boundaries. In addition, St. Louis Park has a number of small lakes/ponds including:

  • Westwood Lake
  • Bass Lake
  • Hannan Lake
  • Meadowbrook Lake
  • Cobble Crest Lake
  • Cedar Manor Lake
  • Victoria Lake
  • Twin Lakes

The topographic variation within St. Louis Park is about 130 feet:

  • Highest point - Westwood Hills Environmental Education Center
  • Lowest area - Bass Lake basin

Streets

St. Louis Park's streets use a combination of a grid pattern and a curvilinear system. The east side of the city was organized around a grid of streets, streetcar lines and railroads. The western portion of the city was developed later and features a curvilinear system.

In 1933, Carol W. Hurd (who became mayor in 1952) headed a committee to rename St. Louis Park's then erratically named streets. The committee decided on a system of alphabetical north/south streets and numbered east/west streets. The second alphabet uses names from states and Canadian provinces; the third alphabet commemorates historic or patriotic names.

  • The "first alphabet" runs from France Avenue west to Zarthan Avenue.
  • The "second alphabet" runs west from Alabama Avenue to Zinran Avenue.
  • The "third alphabet runs from Aquila to St. Louis Park's border with the City of Minnetonka.

For more on the history of St. Louis Park's streets, visit the St. Louis Park Historical Society's website.

Land Use

  • Single Family Residential - 33.67 percent
  • Street Right-of-Way - 22.10 percent
  • Parks - 11.47 percent
  • Commercial - 5.65 percent
  • Apartments - 4.39 percent
  • Golf Courses - 4.23 percent
  • Office - 2.54 percent
  • Railroad - 2.27 percent
  • Vacant - 2.10 percent
  • Schools - 1.71 percent
  • Townhomes - 1.49 percent
  • Hospital & Medical - 0.84 percent
  • Religious Institutions - 0.69 percent
  • Duplexes - 0.64 percent
  • Community Centers - 0.46 percent
  • Nursing Homes - 0.33 percent
  • Other Civic Uses - 0.32 percent