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Hennepin County is the most largely populated county in Minnesota by far, named after French explorer Louis Hennepin. Its county seat is Minneapolis which is also it’s most densely and highly populated city; more than one fifth of the entire population of the state are located inside this district equaling more than 1.2 million of it?s over 5 million residents.

It accounts for 606 square miles of land, 8.21% of which is water, equaling approximately 50 square miles and is surrounded on the east by Ramsey County, northeast by Anoka County, Wright County to the northwest, Carver County to the southwest, Scott County to the south and Dakota County to the southeast.

Contained within its borders are the cities of Bloomington (east and west), Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover, Hopkins, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minneapolis (its County Seat), Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Anthony Village, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland. There is also an old fort, and now recreational area and historical site called Fort Snelling at the meeting of the Minnesota River and the Mississippi. It is not incorporated or otherwise a township or city, but still part of the county.

Some of the great recreational lakes are also in this metro community including the chain near uptown including Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet. Also great recreation lakes in Minneapolis are Diamond Lake, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha and Wirth Lake. For some suburban fishing Lake Minnetonka is well known for being one of the largest area lakes and easy landmark to spot from an airplane. Great neighborhood lakes for outings include Medicine Lake, Bass Lake, Parkers Lake, Gleason Lake, Glen Lake, Shady Oak Lake and Bass Lake.

This county also boasts homes of some of the most highly rated school systems in the nation as well as popular tourist attraction Mall of America, the state baseball team The Minnesota Twins and other various attractions such as the Mill City Museum, Minnesota Institute of Arts (MIA), Walker Art Center, Orchestra Hall and Fort Snelling and its adjacent state park, just to name a few. The Twin Cities as a whole has the second most number of theater seats per capita following only behind the prestigious New York City.

Outside of Hennepin, but located inside closely neighboring communities are also 3 casinos, 2 zoos, a family-themed amusement park as well as countless festivals, fairs, farmers markets, orchards, charter cruises and other tours, museums and exhibits, arboretums, theatres, state and national parks, wineries, and all kinds of other family entertainment in and out of Hennepin. In neighboring sister-city to Minneapolis, St. Paul, are also the state capital, science museum with Omnitheatre, Children’s Museum and Minnesota State Fair. The University of Minnesota also has much of its campus inside Hennepin County and is one of the largest schools in the nation with strong medical, technical and business schools.

Since the community has built up over time, you can find newer construction toward the outskirts of the county and older construction near the downtown areas with some exceptions. One, one and a half and two story homes are predominant in the inner ring, while townhomes and condos started becoming available in the 70’s around the suburbs. Some exceptions can be found with scattered quadroplexes in the closer areas of Minneapolis.

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