Eagan is a city south of Saint Paul in Dakota County Minnesota. The city lies on the south bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi River. Eagan and nearby suburbs form the southern portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The U.S. Census Bureau listed the city's population at 64,206 in 2010.
Originally a rural Irish farming community and "Onion Capital of the United States", Eagan became the eighth largest Minnesota city in the 2000 Census. The largest growth in Eagan took place following the relocation and expansion of Highway 77 along with the construction of the new six-lane bridge (with three northbound and three southbound lanes) over the Minnesota River in 1980 and also the completion of the final Interstate 35E freeway section southbound from Minnesota State Highway 110 in Mendota Heights to the area where it joins 35W in Burnsville in the mid 1980s. Its northern border is primarily along Interstate 494. Its southern border is about a mile south of Cliff Road. Its eastern border runs primarily along Minnesota State Highway 3. The western border runs primarily along the South bank of Minnesota River. Currently the fourth largest suburb in the metro area, Eagan is predominantly a commuter town of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Eagan was named for Patrick Eagan who was the first chairman of the town board of supervisors. Patrick Eagan tamed a 220-acre parcel of land near the present-day town hall. Eagan (born 1811) and his wife Margaret Twohy (born 1816), emigrated from Tipperary, Ireland to Troy, New York where they married in 1843. They arrived in Mendota around 1853-1854, before settling in the Eagan area.
The city's influence in the region grew when the companies Northwest Airlines (now Delta Air Lines) and Thomson West (now Thomson Reuters) established their headquarters.
Shopping & Dining
Mall of America, Burnsville Center.
Eagan is served by three school districts: Independent School District 191, Independent School District 196, & Independent School District 197.
Parks and Recreation:
Eagan's park facilities offer a chance for everyone to play, no matter what age, interest, physical ability, or desire. The City of Eagan offers over 1,370 acres of "play space" to discover your individual talents and interests; sports, bird watching, skateboarding or just lounging beside a lake. From organized sports leagues to quiet forest paths, discover the benefits of Eagan Parks & Recreation! There are 54 parks in Eagan, 32 tennis courts, 15 hockey rinks, 15 pleasure rinks, 41 ball fields, 27 soccer fields, 42 play structures for a variety of ages, 1 outdoor skate park at Lexington-Diffley, 2 outdoor BMX-style bike parks open seasonally, 5 pavilions, 8 warming house/multi-functional buildings and one retreat center available for you to reserve, Winter tubing hill at Trapp Fram Park, tubes provided plus acres of natural open space to explore.