Edina, Minnesota is a city located in Hennepin County in the United States and is a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis. The city had a population of 53,494 according to the 2020 census, making it the 18th most populous city in Minnesota. The city is known for its shopping, parks, and high quality of life, and is the host to the nation's oldest indoor mall, the Southdale Center.
The city of Edina began as a small farming and milling community along Minnehaha Creek in the 1860s and became one of Minneapolis's first incorporated suburbs in 1888. The city saw expanded development as a car-centric suburb in the 1950s and 1960s.
Edina initially started as part of Richfield Township, Minnesota. In the 1870s, 17 families, most of them immigrating as a result of the Great Famine of Ireland, claimed land in the southwest section of what was then Richfield Township. They were followed by settlers from New England and Germany, who claimed additional land near Minnehaha Creek. Some of the first areas to be established in Edina were the Baird and Grimes neighborhoods and the Country Club District, which were both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The process of naming the new village led to some debate, with names like Hennepin Park, Westfield, and Edina being suggested. Ultimately, the name Edina was chosen with a vote of 47 for and 42 against. A popular myth is that the name choice was a point of contention between the Irish Cahill community and the Scottish Mill community, with the former wanting an Irish name (Killarney Lakes) and the latter a Scottish name (Edina). However, the 1860 census indicates that there were no Scottish people in Edina in 1860, and only a few were present at the time of Edina's founding in 1888.