Located in Hennepin County, Richfield is nestled within the inner-ring suburb of the Minneapolis-St Paul region. While it does have a small-town feel, this city has close access to two major cities and an international airport. Richfield celebrates the richness of their diversity with a blend of many cultures and ethnicities and is proud to be the home of Minnesota’s first Latina mayor, Maria Regan Gonzalez. With their growing diverse community and an ever-increasing redevelopment boom, we can see why Niche.com ranks Richfield
as one of the best places to live in Minnesota.
Richfield receives an average of 32 inches of rain per year, which is six less than the national average. Sitting just under the national average, Richfield has around 199 sunny days during the year and hits a high of 84 degrees in July. In Winter, you can expect the coldest weather in January with a low of 7 degrees and an average of 53 inches of snow per year.
Photo Credit: Wood Lake Nature Center Facebook: Mystical Mud Camp for Kids
Things to do
For those that love the outdoors, Richfield is home to the Wood Lake Nature Center
. This 150-acre natural area is committed to not only conservation, but also educating their community. It has three miles of nature trails and boardwalks that are paved with blacktop or lime so that they are accessible to everyone in the warmer months. It also boasts a 100-seat amphitheatre, picnic grounds, and several wildlife viewing areas. During the Winter, the city opens outdoor skating rinks for residents to enjoy a day of skating or a game of hockey.
The city is so committed to the outdoors during these unprecedented times, that it even started a free “Sports To Go” program. Similar to a library, residents can borrow a variety of sporting equipment from the community center for one week.
For Farmer’s Market lovers, Richfield hosts a local farmers market
that sells fresh fruits, vegetable, cheeses and baked goods all grown or made with love from within 85 miles of the city.
Photo Credit: The Hennepin Theatre Trust
For theatre and arts lovers, Richfield is fortunate to be less than 15 minutes the Hennepin Theatre Trust Orpheum Theatre. This historic theatre opened in 1921 and was originally called the Hennepin. The Hennepin Theatre Trust
is a nonprofit organization that supports the Orpheum, as well as state and Pantages theatres.
For shoppers, Richfield is less than a 10-minute drive to the Mall of America. Known as the biggest mall in the United States, this mall boasts not only hundreds or stores but also has ten indoor attractions, including a roller coaster. Last year, this mall was visited by 40 million people, which is eight times the state’s population.
Nonprofit: MADDADS of Minneapolis
As our country continues to work through racial injustice, we wanted to highlight an organization that is working within the heart of Minneapolis to create systematic change. MADDAD’s Minneapolis is on the streets every night working to curb violence and believes that their organization is on a path to really bring equality and justice to their community.
Over the past 20 years, MADDADs Minneapolis has spoken to over 27,000 youth within the county’s education system, offered life-skills coaching to over 88,000 inmates, responded to over 600 shootings to promote peace and resolve conflicts, and worked with the city transit system to create a safe daily commute for the community.