The City of Orono is located 19 miles west of downtown Minneapolis nestled along the north shore of picturesque Lake Minnetonka. Orono is home to approximately 7,896 residents and is bordered by Minnetrista and Independence to the west, Long Lake to the north, Wayzata to the east and Lake Minnetonka south.
Orono is easily accessible via US Highway 12/Interstate 394, the major east/west thoroughfare that passes through the city.
Orono is one of only a handful of communities to be located next to one of Minnesota's most popular lakes - Lake Minnetonka. At over 14,000 acres, Lake Minnetonka is made up of numerous bays, inlets and channels and features over 125 miles of shoreline. The lake is one of the most popular lakes in the region for boating, sailing, fishing and swimming. Orono Beach is one of the more popular beaches in the area and conveniently located in the heart of the city.
While Lake Minnetonka is the main recreational amenity, in the area, the city of Orono also maintains 26 designated parks, beaches and trails throughout the city. The city's largest park, Saga Hill Park Preserve, is a 30-acre wooded nature area that features miles of walking paths and 100 year old red oaks, sugar maples, ash and hickory trees throughout. Additionally, Orono also has five additional smaller lakes within city limits that add to the abundance of waterfront property throughout the city. In fact, about half of Orono land is considered open water or marshland.
The Luce Line State Trail, a 63 mile long former railroad, passes through the city and is popular for biking, hiking, horseback riding
Orono is nearly all residential and most of the shopping and retail areas are located in the adjoining communities of Wayzata or Long Lake. Nearby Wayzata is home to more than 150 unique retail specialty shops, antique stores, children's stores, upscale boutiques, salons, fine jewelry, home furnishing stores and commercial businesses. The city also features several popular restaurants, ranging from upscale elegant to casual. The intersection of Wayzata Boulevard and Willow Drive on the northern border of Orono features Otten Brothers Nursery, Anytime Fitness, Lakeside Wine Shop, Caribou Coffee, a few casual dining options and several other commercial businesses.
Orono is served by the Orono Public School System, a small and excellent school system that also serves the surrounding communities of Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Medina, and Minnetonka Beach. The Orono School District is conveniently organized into four schools on a 120-acre central campus nestled against 2,000 feet of lakeshore along Lake Classen. The campus contains Schumann Elementary School, Orono Intermediate School, Orono Middle School and Orono High School.
Orono is a good mix between home owners and renters, with owner occupied homes making up 66% percent of all households in Orono with the remaining 33% of households classified as renters. Average median household income for Orono is $88,314 per household.
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