Shakopee is a city in Scott County and is located southwest of downtown Minneapolis of The Twin Cities of Minnesota. Shakopee is in the southwest suburb area of Minneapolis-St Paul which is known as The Twin Cities. Minneapolis-St Paul is the sixteenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States with 3.3 million people. Minneapolis can be reached by the Bloomington Ferry Bridge and U.S Highway 169.
The City of Shakopee is rich in history. Once a trading post and then a small river town, the city is now a growing suburb to the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Here is a brief summary of that rich history…
Shakopee was incorporated as a city on May 23, 1857. Then in 1861 the state Legislature passed an unusual state law in which the City’s charter was surrendered. But settlers kept pouring in…many of German descent. Up until the 1860’s steamboats moved goods and people and then came the railroad and the first steam engine in 1865. The end of the 18 hundreds businesses and downtown grew. The early 1900’s the population was 2,302 and Shakopee then had many new changes with electricity, well water in homes and even a visit by President William Taft in 1911. In the 1920-1930’s Shakopee was know as “Little Chicago” with a shady period that included illegal gambling and extortion. The 1940-1960’s was a time of prosperity with civic improvements and Valley Green Industrial Park. By 1970 the City’s population was 7,716. The 1970-1980’s came Valleyfair amusement Park which draws over a million people to Shakopee yearly and then the new horse-race track Canterbury Downs ( now Canterbury Park ). The 1990 to present is a period of unprecedented growth with new businesses and an explosion of population growth with current figures estimated at 45,000. Just recently was announced the huge business and residential development next to Canterbury Park which will be a real gem for the City of Shakopee.
Some other wonderful area attractions is the Mystic Lake Casino and the wonderfully popular Minnesota Renaissance Festival!
Shakopee Public School District 720 – no link found for mnschool.com- is an above average, public school district located in Shakopee, MN. It has 8,223 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading. The 2019 Niche Public School ratings have Shakopee Public school District #25 out of 344 for diversity, #78 out of 344 for Best School Districts and #105 out of 344 for Best Athletics. Average graduation rate is 82%.
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