Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
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At The Center
|• Mayor||Mike Elliott|
|• City Manager||Vacant|
|• City||8.38 sq mi (21.71 km2)|
|• Land||8.00 sq mi (20.73 km2)|
|• Water||0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2)|
|Elevation||853 ft (260 m)|
|• Density||4,222.75/sq mi (1,630.41/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0640508|
Brooklyn Center is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The city is on the west bank of the Mississippi River on the northwest border of Minneapolis. The population was 33,782 at the 2020 census. Brooklyn Center is one of the original inner-ring suburbs of Minneapolis–Saint Paul, a metro area with about 3.63 million residents.
Formed as the center of local trade in the former Brooklyn Township since 1873, the rural area farmed market gardening for nearby Minneapolis's growing population. The village of Brooklyn Center incorporated in 1911, splitting from Brooklyn Township, to avoid annexation by the expanding city of Minneapolis. It incorporated as a city in 1966. The city became a bedroom community and industrial job center following postwar growth. It was the site of the regional mall Brookdale Center. The headquarters of Caribou Coffee moved into the city in 2004.
Known as the center of local trade in the former Brooklyn Township since 1873, the rural area farmed market gardening for nearby Minneapolis's growing population. With fears the downtown city would continue annexation, the village of Brooklyn Center was established in 1911. The city of Brooklyn Center was incorporated in 1966. The city contains the site of the historic Earle Brown farm, home to Earle Brown, founder of the Minnesota State Patrol and first sheriff of Hennepin County. The farm has been refurbished and now contains a bed and breakfast, event center, and office spaces.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, 30,104 people, 10,756 households, and 7,010 families resided in the city. The population density was 3,781.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,460.2/km2). There were 11,640 housing units at an average density of 1,462.3 per square mile (564.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 49.1% White, 25.9% African American, 0.8% Native American, 14.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from other races, and 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.6% of the population.
There were 10,756 households, of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 18.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.43.
The city's median age was 32.6. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, 29,172 people, 11,430 households, and 7,383 families resided in the city. The population density was 3,672.0 people per square mile (1,418.6/km2). There were 11,598 housing units at an average density of 1,459.9 per square mile (564.0/km2). The city's racial makeup was 71.39% White, 14.09% African American, 0.87% Native American, 8.79% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.49% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.82% of the population.
There were 11,430 households, of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 or older. The median age was 35. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The city's median household income was $44,570, and the median family income was $52,006. Males had a median income of $36,031 versus $27,755 for females. The city's per capita income was $19,695. About 4.7% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those 65 or older.
Brooklyn Center is home to regional favorite Surly Brewing Company.
According to Brooklyn Center's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||Brooklyn Center Schools #286||385|
|4||Osseo Area School District 279||185|
|5||City of Brooklyn Center||160|
Brooklyn Center is in Minnesota's 5th congressional district.
Globe University and Minnesota School of Business was a for-profit school network that Minnesota stopped from operating in the state in 2016, and of which all locations permanently closed by 2017 because it lost its federal student aid.
- Dennie Gordon – TV/film director (Joe Dirt, What a Girl Wants, New York Minute)
- Marcus Harris – former college football player, and a Brooklyn Center High School alum, was an All-American wide receiver, played for the University of Wyoming, and won the 1996 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the best college wide receiver in the nation.
- Don Kramer – Minnesota state senator and businessman
- John Wingard - farmer and Minnesota state representative
- Zamora, Karen (January 2, 2019). "Brooklyn Center welcomes new mayor who reflects its growing diversity". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
Mike Elliott, who came from Liberia at age 11, said the city he will lead "put arms around us."
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- City of Brooklyn Center CAFR
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