Rosemount may be a small city of only 36 square miles but it has all the ingredients of a bustling city including a developed agriculture, budding industrial development and a growing community.  It is located near the Twin Cities area which makes it an ideal place to live in and earn a living.


Rosemount, which was incorporated in 1972, was named after a village in Ireland by its two founders, Hugh Derham and Andrew Keegan.


Population Profile 

While not the smallest Minnesota city population-wise, Rosemount’s 14,619 residents as of the 2000 census is still fairly small compared to the other big cities in the Twin Cities area.  Majority or 92.78% of its population are Whites, followed by Asians (2.13%) and African Americans (2.03%).  Hispanics and Latinos as well as other races make up the rest of the population.


Those moving in to Rosemount for corporate or professional relocation should take note that majority or 70.1% of the 4,742 households in the city consist of married couples. Thus, the chance of finding a suitable lifetime partner from this city is a little remote. The residents are fairly young with an average age of 31 years.


Considering the existence of highly industrialized businesses in Rosemount, its per capita income is not so high at $23,116.  The $68,929 average income for a family and $65,916 for a household is however high. Of the total families living in the city, only 2.2% live below the poverty line.



Members of the Santee Sioux tribe, particularly the Lower band Mdewakanton, were the original inhabitants of Rosemount.  However, the land was turned over to the government in 1851 by virtue of a treaty signed by Indian leader Chief Little Crow.


The Irish have a great influence on Rosemount not only in terms of its name.  Take a look at the following:


One of the first hotels in Rosemount is the Prairie House Hotel which was opened in 1855.  This was followed by the Rosemount House in 1859.  The growth and development of Rosemount’s business area however started in the late 1860s with the opening of the city’s first general store in 1868, the first shoe store in 1869, the first blacksmith shop in 1872 and the first hardware store in 1873.



Although Rosemount is a small community, its easy accessibility to the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis makes it an ideal place for business.  Business is bustling in the city and is expected to grow in the next few years and this is evident with the reservation of over 500 acres of land for commercial and industrial development.


Despite Rosemount’s size, it is amazing to note that heavy industry makes up one third of the eastern part of the city.  Among the businesses that are located in this part of Rosemount includes a facility for waste containment (SKB), Flint Hills Resources, Continental Nitrogen and Spectro Alloys.  The city’s 80-acre business park is also home to Webb Business Promotions, Geometrix and Cannon Equipment.


America’s 14th largest oil refinery, Pine Bend Refinery, is located in Rosemount.  It was also the location of Gopher Ordnance Works, a gunpowder plant which was in operation during the 1940s.  The ammunition plant sat on 13,000 acres of land which displaced 90 families but which provided employment to 20,000 people.



The first school house in Rosemount consists of a 14x18 inch structure which was constructed in 1858 and which opened only during summers.  The educational facilities in Rosemount today are a far cry from that structure.  Most of the city belongs to the state’s second largest school district, Independent School District 196.   Aside from the public facilities, there are twelve schools which accept preschoolers up to Grade 12.  Most of the residents however go to Dakota County Technical College.


Rosemount possess a dynamic community that continues to grow over the years.  If you are moving in to Rosemount then there are a lot of housing options for you and your family including condominiums, single homes, town homes and low-income housing.   The city, which has 4,845 housing units, is presently seeing a surge in home development and this is expected to go on.


Majority or 74.2% (3,592) of the housing units in the city are for single families, 22.4% or 1,086 for multi-families and 3.4% or 165 are mobile homes.  As of the year 2000, the average value of a single family home in Rosemount is $154,000.


Where to go 

Rosemount boasts of over 302 acres of land dedicated for 23 parks.  Life in this city is never boring thanks to the existence of the Community Center which provides regular activities for the residents.  The Center offers meeting and other facilities for organizations and other groups.  But the thing that makes the place interesting for youthful residents is the annual skating classes. There are also facilities for senior citizens.


The Rosemount Parks and recreation Department also prepare regular activities for residents starting from the preschoolers (Tiny Tot Program), older children and even for their parents and families.  The three activities that appeal much for the younger residents include the Safety Camp, Blarney Stone Hunt and the Leprechaun Days.



Rosemount has hosted the USA Broomball National Championships several times in the past despite being a small city in terms of land area and its population.  USA Broomball is an IFBA (International Federation of Broomball Associations) recognized body that governs tournaments; it also trains and certifies officials of the game.


Among the notable residents of Rosemount are US Supreme Court Justice Pierce Butler, Minnesota Vikings’ Mike Morris, Los Angeles Kings’ Tom Preissing and former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Duane Andreas.

If you have yet to decide whether to invest in a home in Rosemount or just to rent out a condominium or an apartment, it is best to know all the options that are available to you.  This way, you can decide if living in a small city (but easily accessible to the other Minnesota cities) like Rosemount is indeed the thing for you.

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