Richfield, Minnesota Area Information and Real Estate Resources
Richfield is a sought-after city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. This community, a part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro, has a population of around 37,000 people. It shares borders with Minneapolis, Bloomington and Edina.
Richfield’s history dates back to the 1850s. From its humble farming community beginnings, this community has grown into a thriving and unique community. In 1879, residents saw the construction of the community’s first town hall, but it was not until 1908 that Richfield became a village. Then in 1950, residents voted to create a village manager form of government. Just like other communities in the area, this Minnesota community saw a lot of growth during the 1940s and 1950s, prompting the creation of the Richfield Chamber of Commerce in 1955.
Today, this 7.01-square-mile community is a close-knit community comprised mostly of homes built in the 1950s.
A local initiative, known as the Richfield Rediscovered Housing Program, has led the charge to encourage home remodeling, reconstruction and expansion in these existing buildings, and many residents agree that the program has dramatically improved the community.
Richfield also has a fairly robust jobs industry. For instance, Best Buy Company Inc., located its corporate headquarters to the city in 2003. Other major employers in the community include:
- US Bank
- Richfield Public Schools
- The Home Depot
- City of Richfield
- Metro Sales, Inc.
Recreational Amenities in Richfield, Minnesota
This Minnesota community is home to more than 460-acres of parkland, which is spread out across 21 neighborhood parks as well as an nature preserve.
The Wood Lake Nature Center in particular attracts a number of residents. Originally opened in 1971, this 150-acre park features wetlands, walking paths and even an interpretive center. The center even has the distinction of being one of the first urban nature centers in the entire country! Today, it is home to more than 200 different types of birds as well as 30 mammals.
This community is also home to the Ice Arena, which includes two full-size indoor skating rinks. These rinks are used to for hockey games, figure skating, broom ball games, open skating and community events. Nearby is Richfield’s outdoor pool, which was most recently renovated in 2003. This complex includes a 50-meter competitive pool, a wading pool and a 28-foot double waterslide. There’s also a bowling alley located in Richfield, known as Lariat Lanes.
And thanks to its location within the greater Minneapolis area, this community is always just a short drive to such regional attractions as:
- Lake of the Isles
- Children’s Theatre Company
- Mill City Museum
Education in Richfield, Minnesota
As with other communities in the area, Richfield offers a wide selection of public, private, alternative and post-secondary school options.
In terms of public schools, Richfield is served by Independent School District 280, which also serves parts of Edina.
Specifically, this district includes:
- Centennial Elementary
- Sheridan Elementary
- R-STEM Elementary – (a school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- RDLS Elementary (a dual language school)
- Richfield Middle School
- Richfield High School
As for private schools, residents can choose from such top-ranked schools as:
- Academy of Holy Angels
- Fraser School
- Blessed Trinity Catholic School
- Mount Calvary Lutheran School
- Minnesota Japanese School
- The Blake School
- Breck School
- Groves Academy
- Torah Academy of Minneapolis
- DeLaSalle High School
- Minneahaha Academy
- St. Paul Academy
- Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
There are also a number of post-secondary schools in Richfield as well as the surrounding area, including:
- Adler Graduate School
- Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
- Minnesota Life College
Richfield, Minnesota Homes for Sale
If you are interested in relocating to Richfield, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at Stutsman Realty Inc. When you do, we’ll be more than happy to assist you by answering your remaining questions as well as telling you about available listings for sale.
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