Shakopee, MN is southwest of Minneapolis and located along the Minnesota River. Once a small farming community, the construction of a Highway 169 upgrade and bypass around the original town center opened up 1000′s of acres of farmland for new development and made commutes to Minneapolis far faster.
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People sometimes joke about “something in the water” being to blame for one thing or another. But in Shakopee’s case, it might not be something that is in the water, but rather something that is not in the air that makes it a great place to live. Shakopee’s air quality index — measured in the number of days ranked as “good” — is 94.0 percent, which is among the best rankings in the state. But it’s not just the air that makes Shakopee a great place to live.
The county seat of Scott County, Shakopee experienced amazing job growth — 76.67 percent — between 2000-2010, and continues to grow. Quality schools are another feather in Shakopee’s cap. Test scores in reading were 14.7 percent higher than the state average in reading and 24.4 percent higher in math in 2011, according to Money Magazine.
Shakopee is also home to several popular regional attractions. Valleyfair, which opened in 1976, is a 125-acre amusement park, the largest in the state. Less than a decade later, Canterbury Downs received the state’s first racetrack license. Racing started in 1985, and today Canterbury Park is home to both horseracing and a poker room. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is also held just south of Shakopee every year.
Also located nearby is Mystic Lake Casino on the Shakopee-Mdewakanton Indian Reservation. The casino has five restaurants, a 600-room hotel, convention center, auditorium outdoor amphitheater, golf course, and RV Park.
Shakopee is located just minutes from I-494 and I-35, and is approximately 20 minutes from the Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and less than 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis.
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