Medina may be a small city in Minnesota but it has made the local headlines as the birthplace of Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball player Ryan Saunders. Other Medina residents that have helped place the city in the papers include Steve Hutchinson of the Minnesota Viking, Coach Flip Saunders of the Detroit Pistons, Corey Koskie-third baseman of the Milwaukee Brewers, Johan Randle of the National Football League and bike racer Greg LeMond.


It is a relatively peaceful city and has a low crime rate compared to Hennepin County and Minnesota.  The 2004 crime statistics shows a 2.19% property crime rate, compared to Hennepin County’s 3.01% and Minnesota’s 3.38%.  Property crime involves arson, burglary, larceny theft and motor vehicle theft.  Violent crime statistics in Medina (which includes aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) is only 0.05% compared to Hennepin County’s 0.18% and Minnesota’s .23%.


 Population Profile 

With a population of 4,005 as of the 2000 census and a density of 185 people for every square mile, Medina is one of the smaller cities in Minnesota.  Majority or 97.3% of the residents are Whites followed by Asians (1.20%). The rest of the population is a mixture of Hispanics or Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and other races.


Of the 1,309 total households, 78.4% consist of married couples (which is greater than the statistics for the other cities). This may be the reason why they say that Medina is the place to go to when you are already married because the percentage of married coupled makes it almost impossible for you to find a mate there. It has a relatively young population with an average age of 38 years. 


The poverty level of 1.3% of the total population or only 0.4% of the total number of families is remarkably lesser compared to the other cities.  There is also a high income level for families with each family having an average income of $96,909.  This goes to show that residents of Medina have money to spend.

 A great majority or 87% (1,755) of Medina residents use their cars alone when going to work while 5% (106) make use of the carpool method.  Only 1% of the residents use the bus when going to work while 5% (106) of the residents work at home. 


Medina experienced a high rate of home construction projects from1960 to 1989, with 21.91% of the homes built from 1980 to 1989, 17.03% of the homes built from 1970 to 1979 and 15.60% of the homes built from 1960 to 1969.  Home building projects were slow from 1940 to 1949 with only 4.28% and from 1999 to March 2000 with only 4.73%.  The average gross rent for apartments and houses in the city is at $594 as of the year 2000.

Of the 1,333 occupied housing units, 7% or 87 are rented while 1,218 are occupied by the owners.  There are 52 houses for every square mile of land in Medina. Of the total housing units, 801 are mortgaged while 178 houses are without a mortgage.Majority or 81% of houses and condos in Medina use utility gas as house heating fuel, 7% use tank, bottled or LP gas, 6% use fuel oil or kerosene, 4% use electricity while 2% use wood.  Most apartments however use utility gas (62%) for their house heating fuel while usage for electricity and fuel oil and kerosene is basically the same at 15% and 14% respectively.While some people rue the high property taxes in the city, some consider this a sign of the city’s good economic wealth and financial stability which is desirable for most people. Most of the residents also have a college degree.

Where to go 

The Hamel Community Building, which is located in Hamel Legion Park, is a convenient meeting place for Medina residents at a very affordable price.  It can accommodate from 120 people (banquet style) to 150 people (theater style).  Catering services is easy as it has kitchen and food preparation facilities, complete with a freezer and an industrial refrigerator, counter space, coffee maker and a service window.


It is strategically located near sports facilities including soccer fields, tennis courts, six baseball fields and a volleyball court.  Those who prefer to go on picnics can use the covered patio which even has a fire pit.


Medina is a highly developed city and its utilities have been properly set up.  Those moving in to this city can expect a stable supply of electricity from two companies; Wright-Hennepin and Xcel Energy.  Cable television is available with most of the areas being serviced by Mediacom.  There are also other satellite providers.


There is regular garbage hauling in Medina and the service is provided by two licensed garbage haulers.  The city is also strict with its recycling rules.  The city relies on both the septic systems and sewer service for residential areas. While most areas in the city have natural gas as provided by Centerpoint Energy-Minnegasco, some parts of the city are not reached by the service at all.


Telephone service in Medina is provided by Citizens Communications (for the western part) and Qwest (for the rest of the city).  Different companies provide cellular services to all parts of the city.


Water is not a problem.  Hamel, Independence Beach, Foxberry Hill, Cherry Hill and Medina Morningside rely on city water while the rest use private wells.  For problems regarding rusty water, residents can contact Culligan water.


Those looking at the possibility of employee relocation or corporate relocation to Medina won’t have a problem even if they have family members still going to school. There are nearby educational facilities particularly colleges such as the Hennepin technical College and the North Hennepin Community College which is just 15 miles from Medina, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Minneapolis Community and technical College which is just 20 and 21 miles from the city and the Augsburg College, Normandale Community College and the University of Minnesota which is 24 miles from Medina.


Medina is the ideal place for people looking for a medium-sized city with low population and housing density.  If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life then relocating in Medina can add more quality to your years.  While it may seem a small city compared to the other cities in Minnesota, it is near Minneapolis and the other more commercial districts in Minnetonka, Wayzata and Plymouth.

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