Nestled in between Minneapolis and St. Paul lies Falcon Heights, a small city with a population of roughly 500 people. The population there is comparatively young, with an average age of 32.9 years.
The city contains barely more than two square miles of land, however it manages to house the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the historic Gibbs farm and more. The majority of the city is public land.
The establishment of Falcon Heights was kicked off by Herman Gibbs building his farm on the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Larpenteur Avenue, where today it serves as a museum that documents early pioneer and Dakota life. Gibbs' farm was set up in the middle of the 19th century, and by the early 20th century, the land was developed by a 3M executive named Faulkner, for whom the city is named.
Falcon Heights became a village in 1949 and a city in 1973. Ultimately, the city incorporated the University of Minnesota Golf Course as well as the university's test fields for its ongoing agricultural studies.
Among the most interesting locations in Falcon Heights is the University Grove neighborhood, which features more than 100 modern homes dating back nearly a century. Each of the homes was required by the University of Minnesota to utilize an architect in its design, as the university owns the land on which the home stands. The homes are exclusive to faculty and staff. The neighborhood is a testament to mid century modern architecture.
Additionally, many of the most valuable properties in the city can be found in the quiet and safe neighborhoods on the east side. In 2016, the median property value was documented to be approximately $280000.
Falcon Heights' educational opportunities are plentiful for children, with 12 public school options serving the area.
According to Niche.com, many of Falcon Heights' schools are A-rated. The nearby Roseville Area Senior High has a good reputation in the area and is among the best high schools in Ramsey County.
Falcon Heights' biggest attraction is undoubtedly the Minnesota State Fair, which admits millions of visitors year after year. The fairgrounds themselves are home to annual conventions, as well.
On the northwest corner of the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus lies the Bell Museum, which exhibits a variety of visually appealing installations. It also contains a planetarium. Across the street is where the aforementioned Gibbs farm can be found.
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