Minnetrista is a city in Hennepin county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The name Minnetrista is said to owe its origin to the Dakota language, in which minne means “water” and trista means “crooked.” The city is generally rural and still has material agricultural activity, involving corn, beans, hay and horses. The city can be described as on or near the boundary between the suburbs and rural areas, and it faces pressure in favor of and against development. Local politics often involve that question. The population was 6,384 at the 2010 census. Crown College is situated along Minnetrista’s southern boundary in nearby St. Bonifacius.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.76 square miles (79.67 km), of which 25.82 square miles (66.87 km) is land and 4.94 square miles (12.79 km) is water. The city is almost entirely in Hennepin County. County Roads 15, 44, 92, and 110 are its main routes.
Lakes in Minnetrista include Whaletail Lake, Little Long Lake, Mud Lake, Ox Yoke Lake, and Saunders Lake, as well as several bays of Lake Minnetonka. Six Mile Creek runs through the western part of the city and brings the runoff from about 17,000 acres (69 km) to Lake Minnetonka.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,384 people, 2,176 households, and 1,823 families residing in the city. The population density was 247.3 inhabitants per square mile (95.5/km). There were 2,336 housing units at an average density of 90.5 per square mile (34.9/km). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
There were 2,176 households, of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.7% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 16.2% were non-families. 12.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.21.
The median age in the city was 39.7 years. 31.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 31% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,358 people, 1,505 households, and 1,249 families residing in the city. The population density was 166.9 people per square mile (64.4/km²). There were 1,567 housing units at an average density of 60.0 per square mile (23.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.06% White, 0.34% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population. 32.0% were of German, 16.1% Norwegian, 9.9% Swedish, 7.4% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 1,505 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.3% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 13.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the city, the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $90,347, and the median income for a family was $93,104. Males had a median income of $65,395 versus $41,645 for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,217. About 2.1% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.