About St. Louis Park

St. Louis Park is a progressive. thriving, vibrant first-tier community located immediately west of Minneapolis and just five miles from downtown. Known for its small-town charm and big-city excitement, the area features walkable neighborhoods, numerous retail shops and family-owned businesses, ample outdoor spaces and diverse restaurants and attractions.

Excelsior & Grand at night with view of downtown skyline

Incorporated in 1886, just over 50,000 people call St. Louis Park home. This highly residential community is neighborhood-centric, offering diverse social and religious backgrounds an ethnic heritage. Many neighborhoods have organized associations that build community connections and enhance the overall quality of life for the community.

St. Louis Park Public Schools are nationally renowned, having been named a National School of Excellence. All schools offer International Baccalaureate programs designed to prepare students to be independent learners, understand different cultures, embrace challenges of the 21st century, and thrive in a global society. SLP is also home to a Spanish immersion program and several highly regarded private schools, including Benilde-St. Margaret’s School and Torah Academy.

St. Louis Park offers year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. You’ll find 51 parks of varying sizes and miles of biking and walking trails that connect St. Louis Park to downtown Minneapolis, the Uptown area, and neighboring communities to the West. The city boasts numerous sport courts and fields for baseball, basketball, lacrosse, pickleball, soccer, tennis and more, as well as golf courses, indoor and outdoor ice rinks, and an aquatic park. Westwood Hills Nature Center, 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie, is popular with both residents and visitors alike.

The city is known for its public art initiatives. Murals, sculptures and sidewalk poetry can be find throughout the community and, with the help of the St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts, arts and cultural events take place year round.

Visitors will enjoy the wide variety of retail stores and family-owned businesses, hotels, restaurants and attractions, as well as close proximity to Twin Cities’ amenities: the Chain of Lakes, the downtown theater district, shopping, universities, and major league sports. We invite you to come see why we’re known as Minnesota’s Sweet Spot.

For additional information, visit the City of St. Louis Park’s website.

Fun Facts

The original bundt pan was developed in 1950 by St. Louis Park-based Nordic Ware.

Filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen (the Coen brothers) were born and raised in St. Louis Park. They are best known for Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men. Their film A Serious Man was set in St. Louis Park.