Hopkins is one of the smallest cities in the seven-county metro area that makes up the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul at just 4.1 square miles, all of which is land, with no significant bodies of water. Home to over 17,000 in population, it is rather densely populated and over 98% developed with almost no land left available.
Also, for its size it has a reputation of being home to an abundance of college age adults. One of its most popular attractions for this generation is its downtown “strip”. Main Street, running east west through the middle of town is home to all kinds of shops, restaurants, and other entertainment. In the warm months it is full of people and cars there to enjoy the many foods and wares, but also just to people-watch all the others there. It is also occasionally known as the place to show off your vintage wheels by “cruising the strip”.
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Despite its small geographic size, this city has been noted not once, but twice in the Guinness Book of World Records: once for the world’s tallest water tower, and once for most local Bars per capita.