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Champlin, Minnesota

Champlin, Minnesota
Motto: "A hometown place for hometown people"
Location of the city of Champlinwithin Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Champlin
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Founded 1852
Incorporated (town) 1859
Incorporated (city) 1971
 • Mayor ArMand Nelson
 • Total 8.73 sq mi (22.61 km2)
 • Land 8.17 sq mi (21.16 km2)
 • Water 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)  6.41%
Elevation 853 ft (260 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 23,089
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 23,797
 • Density 2,826.1/sq mi (1,091.2/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55316
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-10846
GNIS feature ID 0641097[4]
Website City of Champlin

Champlin ( ) is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 23,089 at the 2010 census.[5] Champlin is a northern suburb of Minneapolis.

U.S. Highway 169 and Hennepin County Road 12 (CR 12) are two of the main routes in Champlin.


The city of Champlin is located along the Mississippi River, surrounded by the cities of Anoka, Dayton, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and Coon Rapids, 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Minneapolis.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.73 square miles (22.61 km2), of which 8.17 square miles (21.16 km2) is land and 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2) is water.[1]

The average elevation is 875 feet (267 m) above sea level, and the Mississippi River is approximately one-eighth of a mile wide throughout Champlin.


The Champlin area was first settled when Father Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan priest from whom Hennepin County gets its name, Michael Accult, and Peter Dulay were captured by the Sioux Indians. An Indian trading post was eventually established in the area. Charles Miles created the first permanent settlement in what came to be named Marshall Township. In 1859, it was split into two towns, Champlin and Dayton.

The name Champlin came from the family name of U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Champlin. He was active in the war against England and Canada in 1812, and in the establishment of the Canadian–United States boundary. He died in Buffalo, New York, February 20, 1870.

The Commodore's daughter, Eliza Ellen Champlin, was married on August 30, 1853, to John B. Cook, a partner of Minnesota's Alexander Ramsey. Although Cook was never a resident of Champlin, he was involved in real estate transactions in Champlin, and in the incorporation of Champlin. In 1947, a portion of the former Champlin Township was incorporated to form the village of Champlin, and on January 2, 1971, Champlin Township and the village of Champlin consolidated as the result of a petitioned order from the Minnesota Municipal Commission, to form the city of Champlin.


The Champlin area is serviced by Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, with four primary schools, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science, Oxbow Creek Elementary, Jackson Middle School and Champlin Park High School. All of the schools are clustered in an educational neighborhood near the intersection of 109th Avenue North and Douglas Avenue North. Oxbow Creek Elementary School is located in Brooklyn Park.

Champlin Elementary School was built in 1938 to service the primary educational needs of Champlin's school children. It served approximately 350 students in the 1st through 5th grades each year - about 1/3 the size of the newer Oxbow Creek Elementary, located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) away. Champlin Elementary School received students directly from the Park View Early Childhood Center (converted to the Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science in 2011). Champlin Elementary was closed in the summer of 2010, due to financial cuts in the district, and has been put up for sale by the city of Champlin. It combined with Riverview Elementary School to make the Champlin–Brooklyn Academy of Math and Environmental Science. Students began attending the newly joined school during the 2010–2011 school year.[6]

Champlin Park High School is also one of the largest high schools in the state, with approximately 2,975 students in the 9th through 12th grades. It is in the Northwest Suburban Conference with large athletic and music programs. Champlin Park High School receives students directly from Jackson Middle School.

Jackson Middle School was expanded in 2001 to become one of the largest junior high schools in the state of Minnesota. This was accomplished by the building of a completely new campus for Oxbow Creek Elementary, approximately 2 blocks southwest of the existing campus. Jackson Middle School then expanded into and connected, via expansion, to the former Oxbow Creek Elementary building. In 2006, Jackson Middle School built an observatory, which hosts public viewing nights and provides astronomy education to both its and other Anoka–Hennepin students. Jackson Middle School is home to approximately 2,356 students in the 6th through 8th grades. Jackson Middle School receives students directly from Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science, Dayton Elementary School, located in Dayton, and Oxbow Creek Elementary School and Monroe Elementary, located in Brooklyn Park.

The new facility for Oxbow Creek Elementary School opened in 2001. The school is an exact match to Andover Elementary School, as the school district utilized the same blueprints to build two elementary schools at the same time in different cities. Oxbow Creek Elementary provides educational services to 1,090 students in kindergarten through 5th grades.

Champlin–Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science, formerly Park View Kindergarten, provides kindergarten through 5th grade math and environmental science education.


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 24,710 people, 8,328 households, and 6,305 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,826.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,091.2/km2). There were 8,598 housing units at an average density of 1,052.4 per square mile (406.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.0% White, 4.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 8,328 households of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.3% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the city was 36.8 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 30.5% were from 45 to 64; and 6.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,193 people, 7,425 households, and 5,925 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,713.9 people per square mile (1,047.5/km²). There were 7,514 housing units at an average density of 918.8 per square mile (354.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.01% White, 1.41% African-American, 0.43% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 7,425 households out of which 50.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $85,831, and the median income for a family was $98,890. Males had a median income of $45,390 versus $32,277 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,041. About 2.3% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.


City Council

The current mayor of Champlin is ArMand Nelson. He serves on the Champlin City Council, along with current Ward 1 Council member Ryan Karasek, Ward 2 Council member Eric Johnson, Ward 3 Council member Bruce Miller, and Ward 4 Council member Kara Terry.


Champlin is managed on a daily basis by the city administrator and subordinate department heads. The current city administrator is Bret Heitkamp.


The Champlin Police Department is composed of 26 sworn officers, two community service officers, 15 police explorers, and a civilian support staff of three full-time and three part-time employees. Champlin police officers are dispatched via the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department Communication Division located in Golden Valley. The police department is located at the city campus, 11955 Champlin Drive.

The police department moved to the new city of Champlin Public Safety Facility in February 2008. The new facility provides the police department with adequate space and facilities into the foreseeable future. Among its many features, the new facility includes indoor vehicle parking and storage to protect the police department vehicles.

Controversial Crime:

A woman from Champlin, MN was arrested for threatening to "eat people's children." An article was posted in the major magazine Cosmopolitan.


Fire services for Champlin are provided by the joint Anoka-Champlin Fire Department. The cities of Champlin and Anoka have shared a fire department since 1985, with individual fire stations located in each city. The Anoka-Champlin Fire Department moved to the new Champlin Public Safety Facility in March 2008. The new facility provides three (one additional from the old facility) fire truck bays and should meet the city's fire protection needs for the foreseeable future.

The fire department is made up of a force of 41 volunteer firefighters. Averaging 680 calls per year, the department covers 16 square miles (41 km2) with two aerial trucks, four engines, two grass rigs, two tankers, two boats, one command/rescue truck, two hazardous materials trailers, one Homeland Security truck, one ice rescue sled, and two squads.

One of the most traditional fire departments in Minnesota, the Anoka-Champlin Fire Department is distinguished by its tradition of using white vehicles, a nod to the days when Anoka firefighters used white horses to pull their steam fire engines. When motorized vehicles replaced the horse-drawn engines, the department selected white for the color of its motorized equipment — a tradition that continues to this day at both fire stations.


Each year, generally on the second weekend in June, the city of Champlin holds its Father Hennepin Festival. The festival is an annual celebration that began in 1976 to recognize the history behind the city of Champlin.


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External links

  • City Website

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