The political organization of Eagan began with the admission of Minnesota as a state in 1858. The area was first included as a part of Mendota Township. In 1860, the Township of Eagan was established within its current boundaries. Eagan celebrated its 150th Anniversary as a community in 2010.
At one time, the area was called “The Onion Capital of the United States.” However, with a few years of poor harvest combined with competition from southern growers, the status as “Onion capital” ended by approximately 1930.
Today, Eagan is home to several large businesses such as the legal publisher Thomson Reuters, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Coca-Cola’s Midwest bottling facility. Mesaba Airlines, Regional Elite Airline Services, and Buffets, Inc. are headquartered in Eagan. Eagan will soon be the home to the Minnesota Vikings new practice facility.
The number of Eagan residents increased from 3,382 in 1960 to 10,398 in 1970, to 20,700 in 1980, to 47,409 in 1990 to 63,557 in 2000. According to the 2010 census, Eagan has a current population of 64,206.
Currently the fourth largest suburb in the metro area, Eagan was recently named the 15th “Best Place to Live” in the U.S. by MONEY Magazine.
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