Chanhassen is a city in Carver and Hennepin counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is southwest of Minneapolis. The population was 22,952 at the 2010 census.

The origin of the name comes from the Dakota word chanhasen meaning “sugar-maple tree” (chan, tree; haza, a tree with sap). Chanhassen was ranked as the #2 best place to live inAmerica in 2009 by Money Magazine. Although the bulk of Chanhassen is in Carver County, a small portion also extends into HennepinCounty.

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,321 people, 6,914 households, and 5,524 families residing in the city.

There were 6,914 households out of which 51.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.2% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.33.

Points of interest

Chanhassen is home to several attractions that are well-recognized throughout the state and even nationally.

  • MinnesotaLandscape Arboretum
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • PaisleyPark Studios

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation’s largest professional dinner theatre, and the largest privately owned restaurant in the state of Minnesota. Since 1968, more than 200 plays have been produced and played to more than ten million guests.

Education in Chanhassen

Chanhassen is split between three school districts. Most of the city is in District 112 (ChaskaSchool District), with most Chanhassen students attending Chanhassen High School, Chaska Middle School West, Chanhassen Elementary, and Bluff Creek Elementary. Northern sections of Chanhassen are a part of District 276 (MinnetonkaSchool District), with most Chanhassen students attending Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka Middle School East, Clear Springs Elementary, and Scenic Heights Elementary. Extreme eastern Chanhassen is a part of District 272 (Eden Prairie School District). Also, some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota’s open enrollment statute. Chapel Hill Academy and St. Hubert School are private institutions located in downtown Chanhassen.

The median sales price of a home in Chanhassen is $356,625.

For more information go to the cities website

Here are some links to points of interest within Chanhassen:

Chanhassen School District
Chanhassen Diner Theaters
Chanhassen Villager