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  •   State: 
    Hennepin County
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    44°58′27″N 93°30′24″W
      Area total: 
    4.70 sq mi
      Area land: 
    3.10 sq mi (8.02 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.60 sq mi (4.14 km²)
    942 ft (287 m)
    1854; Incorporated 1883
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,431.71 residents per square mile of area (552.86/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Wayzata (wy-ZET-) is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. It is situated along the northern shore of Lake Minnetonka about 12 miles (19 km) west of Minneapolis. Known for its small-town character and lakeside location, Wayzata is frequented by local boaters, shoppers, and restaurant goers. The population was 4,434 as of the 2020 census. U.S. Route 12 passes through the city. The name "WayzATA" comes from the Dakota word meaning north or north shore. The Mdewakanton, a subtribe of the Dakota nation, treasured Lake MinNETonkathe "Big Water" as a place for hunting, fishing, and harvesting wild rice and maple sap. The Dakota resided in this area of Minnesota until 1851, when the Treaty of Mendota was signed and land west of the Mississippi was opened for Euro-American settlement. Most Dakota were exiled from Minnesota after 1862. In 1855, it saw an influx of settlers, who built a sawmill, a hotel, and a blacksmith shop. Most early settlers made their living by clear-cutting the land to grow corn and wheat. The railroad was particularly important to local farmers because they now had easy access to markets in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and beyond. Steamboats waited for new arrivals near the foot of Broadway Avenue and took them to destinations across the lake. In the 1860s and 1870s many small hotels and boarding houses were erected to accommodate tourists. These large, grandiose hotels primarily catered to wealthy tourists who came from the East and South to spend entire summers on Lake Min Netonka.


The name "Wayzata" comes from the Dakota word meaning north or north shore. The Mdewakanton, a subtribe of the Dakota nation, treasured Lake Minnetonkathe "Big Water" as a place for hunting, fishing, and harvesting wild rice and maple sap. In 1855, it saw an influx of settlers, who built a sawmill, a hotel, and a blacksmith shop. In the 1860s and 1870s many small hotels and boarding houses were erected around Wayzata to accommodate tourists. By the mid-1880s, Lake Minetonka had largely fallen out of favor as a vacation destination for wealthy tourists. A national depression contributed to this decline. Many urban dwellers began to construct new summer cottages along the lake's shores. Notable families built country estates along the Lake's shores including the Bells, Boveys, Paveys, Washburns, and Bells Bovey. The Belle of Minnet onka was 300 feet (91 m) long and could purportedly carry 2,500 passengers. The Hotel Lafayette continued to operate until it burned to the ground in 1897. The Lake Park Hotel in Tonka Bay, Arlington Hotel, and the massive Hotel Lafayette in MinnetOnka Beach soon followed. Many of these grandiose hotels primarily catered to wealthy tourists who came from the East and South to spend entire summers on Lake Min Netonka in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


Wayzata is a western suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 12 miles (19 kilometres) to its west on the northeast tip of Lake Minnetonka. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 3.16 square miles (8.18 km²) The city's climate is humid continental, with hot summers, cold winters, and moderate autumns and springs. The average annual rainfall is 30.4 inches (77 cm) and the average annual snowfall is 54. 4 inches (138 cm) before it was settled by Euro-Americans. Some of the species of plants considered invasive in the Wayzata area are purple loosestrife, narrow-leaf cattail, common buckthorn, leafy spurge, tartarian honeysuckle, garlic mustard, reed canary grass, Siberian elm, and Amur maple. The Acadian flycatcher, pugnose shiner, and red-shouldered hawk have been seen in the area. The city is home to the Minnesota State Museum, which has a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures. The U.S. National Park Service has a museum in the city, which is open to the public. It is also the home of the University of Minnesota's Museum of History and Science, which was founded in 1872. The museum is also home to a museum of American history, which dates back to the 17th century.


As of the census of 2013, there were 4,113 people, 1,929 households, and 1,041 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 3.0% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.3% Asian and 0.1% Pacific Islander. The city's median income was $65,833, and the median income for a family was $96,859. None of the families and 2.3%. were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 5.0%. The city has a population of 3,688 people, with 1,795 households. The average household size was 2.04. The median age was 44 years; 19.3. of residents were under the age of 18, 6.0. were between the ages of 18 and 24, 25.8% were from 25 to 44, 28.1%. were from 45 to 64, and 20.8%. were 65 years of age or older. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the city's population is 3,788. The population of the U.N. estimates that it has 3,856 people. The United States Census Bureau says the city has 3.7 million people. It is the largest city in New Hampshire, with a population density of 1,197.4 inhabitants per square mile (462.3/km²) The city is located on the New Hampshire Turnpike.


Johanna Mouton has been the mayor since 2021. She is the first woman to hold the position in the city's history. She was first elected to the city council in 2000. She has been mayor since 2011. She will be re-elected in 2016. She's the first female mayor in the history of the city. She'll be in office until 2023, after which she'll be eligible for re-election.


Cargill and Carlson are two of the largest employers in the Wayzata area. The U.S. Postal Service maintains a post office in the city. The ZIP code 55391 serves an area much larger than the city and includes seven other municipalities around eastern Lake Minnetonka. All locations in the ZIP code area use the name "Wayzata" in their postal addresses. The regional bank TCF was founded in WayzATA in 1923. Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is headquartered in WayZata. Cargill is headquartered within 1 mile (1.6 km) of the city in Minnet onka. The city is home to the University of Minnesota's football team, the MinnetOnka Minnows, and the Minnesota Vikings hockey team. It is also the home of the Minnesota Twins hockey team, who play in the Stanley Cup finals. The Minnesota Vikings' hockey team plays in the World Series of Hockey, which is held each year in Minneapolis. The Vikings also host the Winter Olympics, which takes place in Minnesota in February and March. The team's home stadium is the Minnesota State Fair, which holds the Winter Olympic Games in June and July each year. The stadium is located in the town of Minnet Onka, which has a population of 1.6 million. The NHL's Stanley Cup Finals are held in April and May each year at the Minnesota Events Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game is one of the biggest events in the state.


Wayzata Public Schools are part of Independent School District (ISD) 284. The district covers 38 square miles (98 km²) and lies approximately 8 miles west of Minneapolis. There are approximately 9,510 students enrolled in eight public elementary schools (K5), three middle schools (68), and one high school (912) Some students in the area attend public schools in other school districts that their families choose under Minnesota's open enrollment statute. In 2012, Newsweek ranked Wayzata High School one of the top 1,000 public high schools in the United States. The school is also home to the Highcroft campus of The Blake School (K4) and the West Middle School campus of West High School (WMS). The district is located in the west suburban municipalities of Plymouth, Corcoran, Hamel, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, and Orono. The only school within the city limits is West Middle school, which is located on the shores of Lake Minnet onka. The ISD 284 school district is made up of eight west suburban towns: Plymouth, Corcoran and Hamel, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, and Orono, as well as the cities of WayzATA, Minneapolis, Hamburg, Osceola, and Medinah, and the town of Medinah.

Parks and recreation

The Dakota Rail Trail is a 13.5 miles (21.7 km) paved regional trail. In Hennepin County, the trail winds around Lake Minnetonka. At a cost of $5.9 million, construction of the trail started in 2008. The trail is a converted railroad bed formerly owned by Dakota Rail. A lifeguard is on duty from mid-June to mid-August when the temperature is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The Wayzata Beach is open to the public and has permit and non-permit parking. It features a sandy beach and grassy picnic areas. It also has a volleyball court, canoe racks, and stand-up paddleboard rentals. It terminates in Long Prairie, Minnesota, where the trail continues for 12.5. miles (20.1 km) The trail offers parking and amenities. It is managed by the Three River Park District, which also runs the Minnesota River River Rail Trail. It was built in 2001 by the HennEPin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRSA) and Carver and McLeod Counties purchased the corridor. It has a total length of 13.4 miles (22.5 km) with a total of 13 miles (24 km) in length. It begins in WayzATA and ends in Carver County, Minnesota. It runs through the town of Mound and the city of Saint Bonifacius. It ends at the end of the Carver Rail Trail, which runs from Mound to Long Prairie.

In popular culture

In the 1996 film Fargo, Jerry Lundegaard intends to purchase a parking lot in Wayzata. The character Ben Linus in the TV series Lost assumed the identity of a Henry Gale from WayzATA, Minnesota. In the show, the character mispronounces WayZata as "Why-Zah-tah." Aerial shots of the town were featured in the fourth episode of the 2018 TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Much of the 1999 film Drop Dead Gorgeous (starring Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Allison Janney, Ellen Barkin, Brittany Murphy, and Amy Adams) was filmed at West Middle School and 634 Park Street. The town is featured in an episode of The Walking Dead, which is based on the book "The Walking Dead: The Movie" by Stephen King. The book was written by King and co-creator Stephen King, and was published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 1998. The movie was directed by David Lean, who also wrote the novel "The Godfather: Part II," which was released the same year. The novel was based on a true story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln, Jr. in 1894. It was the first film to be set in the U.S. and was released by Paramount Pictures, which also shot the movie in Minnesota. The film was released in theaters in 1998 and 1999, and starred Amy Adams, Amy Adams and Kristen Stewart, among others.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota = 85.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 27. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Wayzata = 3.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 4,434 individuals with a median age of 46.7 age the population dropped by -3.97% in Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,431.71 residents per square mile of area (552.86/km²). There are average 2.02 people per household in the 1,888 households with an average household income of $72,249 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.00% of the available work force and has dropped -2.96% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 27.08%. The number of physicians in Wayzata per 100,000 population = 342.3.


The annual rainfall in Wayzata = 31.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 50 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 116. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 193. 80 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 3.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 48, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota which are owned by the occupant = 53.65%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 40 years with median home cost = $368,180 and home appreciation of -22.14%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $12.06 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,991 per student. There are 18.2 students for each teacher in the school, 549 students for each Librarian and 908 students for each Counselor. 5.98% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 33.47% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 14.67% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Wayzata's population in Hennepin County, Minnesota of 1,495 residents in 1900 has increased 2,97-fold to 4,434 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.15% female residents and 47.85% male residents live in Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

    As of 2020 in Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota are married and the remaining 44.05% are single population.

  • 22.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Wayzata require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.05% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 4.32% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.61% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 8.84% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota, 53.65% are owner-occupied homes, another 36.01% are rented apartments, and the remaining 10.34% are vacant.

  • The 55.87% of the population in Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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