It’s one thing for a city to trumpet its own virtue, but quite another when a nationally respected publication is the one pouring out praise. And that’s exactly the situation in Chanhassen.
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Champlin was No. 10 on Money Magazine’s 2011 list of the America’s best small towns (population under 60,000), the highest rank of any Minnesota city.
One of the many areas the magazine used to determine its rankings is education, and Chanhassen scores very well in that department. The city has a new (opened in 2009) state-of-the-art high school that serves more than 1,300 students. And in 2011, test scores for Chanhassen students were 27.0 percent higher than the state average in reading and 17.1 percent higher in math, according to Money Magazine.
The city is home to the Channhassen Dinner Theater, the oldest and largest dinner theater in the nation. The main theater seats 577, the Fireside Theater contains 230 seats for non-dining patrons, and the Playhouse Theater has tables for 126.
Outdoor recreational opportunities are also plentiful. The city is home to 34 parks, 11 lakes, and the enormous Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a 1,137-acre horticultural garden and arboretum, is located just west of Chanhassen.
As the city has grown, job opportunities have more than kept pace. Chanhassen experienced an impressive 25.62 percent job growth from 2000 to 2010.
Chanhassen is a southwest suburb of Minneapolis, located along Highway 212, just west of I-494. It is just 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America or the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Median age in Chanhassen is 35.1.
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