About This Place
Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.
Michael Diethelm is believed to be the first settler in Victoria after setting up a shelter for his wife and two children in 1851 near the present day St. Victoria Church. The city itself is named after the St. Victoria Church, built on 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land just north of Lake Bavaria in 1857. A year later, steamboats from St. Paul began bringing in additional supplies for early settlers. The settlement continued to grow from early farmers attracted by the city's rich soil. Eventually the steamboats to Chaska and the St. Paul railroad helped transform the local area into its own thriving community.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.1 km²), of which, 7.0 square miles (18.1 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (17.94%) is water. State Highways 5 and 7 are two of the main routes.