Coon Rapids Homes & Real Estate
COON RAPIDS REAL ESTATE
Aside from being known as the fifth largest city among the suburbs of the Twin Cities of St. Pal and Minneapolis, Coon Rapids is also known as Minnesota’s ninth largest city. However, the attraction of Coon Rapids lies in what the city has to offer in terms of business, affordable housing and quality living.
Coon Rapids offers a variety of options for housing and pleasurable living thanks to an extensive system of trails and parks. It is also an ideal place to do business given its population and the fact that it is home to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The city offers a wide array of shopping options specifically the Riverdale Shopping area.
Coon Rapids used to be part of the Anoka Township until 1952 when it was established as a separate village and in 1959 as a city. The name of the city has however become a source of controversy.
Its name was taken from Coon Creek Rapids which is part of the Upper Mississippi River. The construction of the Coon Rapids Dam which was used as a hydroelectric generator of the area however paved the way for the removal of the turbulent rapids in 1913. The Dam has been closed since 1966 and is now known as the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.
There is also another group which claims that the name Coon Rapids was named after the raccoons that were found in the Coon Creek rapids and this according to some people gave the name a negative connotation. The change in the logo of Coon Rapids originally from the image of a raccoon then to an oak leaf and to a raccoon again in 2007 has been a cause of confusion. However, the city’s name has remained the same after the City Council failed to approve a name change proposal several times.
Despite the controversy as to its name, the residents agree that Coon Rapids has indeed come a long way from being a mere dirt road without electricity to the bustling city that it is now. The city used to be an agricultural community with large farms measuring 90 to 600 acres. The first industry in Coon Rapids that was not identified with agriculture was the Anoka Pressed Brick and Terra Cotta Company.
Right after the construction of the dam by the Mississippi Power Company emerged a small city with over one thousand people. But still, a far cry to what Coon Rapids is now----a bustling city with regional parks, shopping centers and a host of recreational facilities for its residents.
Coon Rapids has a total population of 61,607 people distributed into 22,578 households as of the 2000 Census. Majority of the residents are Whites (93.22%) followed by African Americans (2.18%), Asians (1.60%) and those from other races. Coon Rapids has a young population with an average age of 33 years old. Of the total population, 28.7% are below 18 years old and a mere 7.3% are over the age of 65.
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