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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
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  • Internet Access 5/5
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  • Cost of Living 4/5
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  • Public Transport 4/5

"Home to Three Lake Minnetonka Islands"

Shorewood residents enjoy the beauty of open space and wetlands and active recreation in over 101 acres of parkland. Bikers, hikers and walkers enjoy the LRT trail which runs through Shorewood and stretches from Hopkins to Victoria.

The city has developed a trail plan to connect the LRT, businesses and parks in the city. Summer programs offer fun and learning for residents of all ages. Winter gets heated up with Arctic Fever, a tri-community event offering non-stop activities. With all Shorewood has to offer, residents have many recreational choices. Whether it’s an impromptu picnic or a planned event, Shorewood's facilities provide a welcoming environment.

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Shorewood, Minnesota

Shorewood is a medium-sized community, population-wise, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It is a fairly young community having been incorporated only in 1956. It is primarily a residential area but its boundaries house several businesses that cater to Shorewood residents.

Shorewood used to be part of the Excelsior Township. It became a statutory city only in 1974. The Islands of Shady, Enchanted and Spray are part of Shorewood and they all receive the basic services provided by the city to its people including educational and postal services.

Population profile

Based on the 2000 Census, the city of Shorewood consists of 7,400 people and 2,529 households. A great majority of its population is White (97.82%) and the rest is a mixture of Asians, African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics of Latinos.

The average income for a household in Shorewood is relatively high at $96,589; the same goes for the $104,100 average income of each family. Only 1.3% of the total number of families in Shorewood lives below the poverty line.

The city has a total workforce of 3,762 (aged 16 and over) and only 37 of them go to work using public transportation. Majority or 3,418 got to work using their own cars, van or motorcycle. At least 276 of this workforce work at home.


The original inhabitants of the area are Native American tribes. Like most cities in Minnesota, it shares a part of the Big Waters or Lake Minnetonka. Thus, its economy and way of life is somehow influenced by the Lake.

Shorewood has its share of tourists driven by the desire to see Lake Minnetonka so expect a trickle of small inns to cater to the tourists in the area.


If you are considering the possibility of corporate relocation or employment relocation in Shorewood then the area’s educational institutions will surely be of interest to you. A large part of Shorewood belongs to Minnetonka School District #276. The district’s elementary school has a population of 6,673 students. Another portion of the city belongs to the Westonka School District #277 so you can also choose to enroll your student here.

Of the 4,688 people in Shorewood who are 25 years and older, 603 or 12.9% are high school graduates, 1,179 or 25.1% completed college or an associate degree, 1,898 or 40.5% have a Bachelor’s Degree and 859 or 18.3% have a Master’s or Doctor’s Degree.

A total of 2,242 who are three years old and over are enrolled in school and 74.9% or 1,679 are enrolled from Grades 1 to 12. A total of 15.3% or 344 are in Pre-school and Kindergarten while 9.8% or 219 are in College.


While the City mayor (who has a two-year term) and the four Councilors (with a four-year term) set the overall policy of the city, it is the City Administrator, with the support of the City Staff, who has the responsibility of administering the city’s day to day operations.

Shorewood citizens have a chance to contribute to the city’s activities and development through the various City Boards and Commissions.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Shorewood is a quaint, friendly, upscale South Lake Minnetonka Community"

Shorewood is a best-kept secret in the western suburbs nestled between South Lake Minnetonka and Christmas Lake home to 2,600 households.
  • Over 101 acres of parkland and access to the LRT that runs through the city
  • Minnetonka schools
  • City includes three Lake Minnetonka Islands, Shady, Spray and Enchanted

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