About Our Community
The City of Shakopee is located in the southwest corner of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, 23 miles from Minneapolis, on the Minnesota River. Residents of Shakopee enjoy both the atmosphere of a small town and the resources of a thriving metropolitan area. Incorporated in 1857 as a booming river town, today Shakopee is the county seat of Scott County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.
The City has its own downtown central business district, regional medical center and business park and is home to regional entertainment attractions such as Historic Murphy’s Landing, Valleyfair Amusement Park and Canterbury Park Racetrack. Major community partners such as Shutterfly, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Entrust, Bayer and many others not only support the community but learning opportunities for our students.Photo courtesy of Bill Schleper
The City of Shakopee was listed among Money Magazine's 2020 Best Places to Live. Shakopee was listed No. 30.
The annual ranking of the Best Places to Live features 50 towns and cities where the economy, job growth and housing market remained strong. In 2020, Money looked at towns and cities with a population of at least 25,000 and ranked the Best Places to Live by putting the greatest emphasis on economic factors like employment opportunities, as well as supply and demand for homes, cost of living, quality of schools, racial and economic diversity and health and safety.
Shakopee was recognized not only for its entertainment options but also its "strong economy in Shakopee, which has seen a 9-percent rise in employment since 2015 alone. Home prices are quite favorable for the region as well.