Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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Brooklyn Park
Brooklyn Park City Hall in November 2006
Brooklyn Park City Hall in November 2006
Official seal of Brooklyn Park
Location of the city of Brooklyn Park within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Brooklyn Park
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°5′39″N 93°21′22″W / 45.09417°N 93.35611°W / 45.09417; -93.35611Coordinates: 45°5′39″N 93°21′22″W / 45.09417°N 93.35611°W / 45.09417; -93.35611
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyHennepin
Founded1850s
Incorporated1954
Government
 • MayorLisa Jacobson[1]
Area
 • City26.55 sq mi (68.76 km2)
 • Land26.08 sq mi (67.54 km2)
 • Water0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)  1.88%
Elevation
869 ft (265 m)
Population
 • City86,478
 • RankUS: 432th
MN: 6th
 • Density3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)
 • Metro
3,629,190 (US: 16th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (Central)
ZIP codes
55428, 55429, 55443, 55444, 55445
Area code763
FIPS code27-07966
GNIS feature ID0640511[4]
Websitebrooklynpark.org

Brooklyn Park is a suburban city on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from (north of) downtown Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. It is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Its population was 86,478 at the 2020 census.[5] The city still has undeveloped land and farms, including the historic Eidem Homestead, a 1900s working farm that is a popular tourist attraction for families and school field trips. Brooklyn Park is considered both a second- and third-tier suburb of Minneapolis, because much of the land north of 85th Avenue was developed after 2000.

WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jesse Ventura served as mayor of Brooklyn Park from 1991 to 1995. He was elected governor of Minnesota in the 1998 election on a third-party ticket and served as governor from 1999 to 2003.[6]

Brooklyn Park is listed as a "Tree City USA" and is home to 47 miles (76 km) of trails and 67 parks, including Rush Creek Regional Trail and the northern section of Palmer Lake Park. The city is also known for the West Coon Rapids Dam, on the west side of the Mississippi River. North Hennepin Community College and a campus of Hennepin Technical College are in the city.

History[edit]

Formerly Brooklyn Township, the township split in 1860, with the southeast village later incorporating into Brooklyn Center and Crystal. Settlers from Michigan formally established the township and named it after their hometown of Brooklyn, Michigan.[6] Brooklyn Park incorporated as a village in 1954, and incorporated as a city in 1969.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.57 square miles (68.82 km2), of which 26.07 square miles (67.52 km2) are land and 0.50 square miles (1.29 km2), or 1.87%, are water.[7] The Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary of the city, separating it from Coon Rapids and Fridley in Anoka County.

Interstates 94 and 694 are located in the far southern portion of Brooklyn Park. U.S. Highway 169 is located near the western part of the city. State Highway 252, a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) north–south highway, is located near the eastern portion of the city. State Highway 610 runs east–west through the northern portion of Brooklyn Park. County Road 81 also serves as one of the main routes.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860608
18701,02468.4%
18801,0603.5%
18901,25418.3%
19001,232−1.8%
19101,2682.9%
1920948−25.2%
19301,10716.8%
19401,33420.5%
19503,065129.8%
196010,197232.7%
197026,230157.2%
198043,33265.2%
199056,38130.1%
200067,38819.5%
201075,78112.5%
202086,47814.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 75,781 people, 26,229 households, and 18,763 families living in the city. The population density was 2,906.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,122.3/km2). There were 27,841 housing units at an average density of 1,067.9 per square mile (412.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 52.2% White, 24.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 15.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.6% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

There were 26,229 households, of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.5% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.40.

The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 7.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

According to the 2000 census, there were 67,388 people, 24,432 households, and 17,346 families living in the city. The population density was 2,586.1 people per square mile (998.4 per km2). There were 24,846 housing units at an average density of 953.5 per square mile (368.1 per km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.44% White, 14.33% African American, 0.57% Native American, 9.22% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.49% from other races, and 2.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race totaled 4,481 residents in the city. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.88% of the population.

There were 24,432 households, out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city, the age distribution of the population showed 28.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median household income/owner occupied was $88,972. The median household income/renter occupied was $42,541. The combined median income for a household in the city was $64,297. The per capita income for the city was $23,199. About 3.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Three Rivers Figure Skating Club operates out of the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center.[9][10]

Government[edit]

Brooklyn Park is served by a six-member city council, two members for each voting district within the city. The three districts are West, East, and Central. The mayor is Lisa Jacobson, who won a special election in August 2021.[11]

Presidential election results 1960–2020
Precinct General Election Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 31.1% 12,878 66.6% 27,614 2.3% 948
2016 31.3% 11,563 61.2% 22,619 7.5% 2,757
2012 35.9% 13,546 62.4% 23,516 1.7% 642
2008 37.6% 13,497 60.9% 21,817 1.5% 538
2004 45.6% 14,789 53.4% 17,345 1.0% 320
2000 43.0% 11,572 51.0% 13,722 6.0% 1,629
1996 34.0% 8,748 54.4% 14,025 11.6% 2,998
1992 30.6% 8,880 43.4% 12,570 26.0% 7,536
1988 47.0% 11,521 53.0% 12,986 0.0% 0
1984 51.9% 11,627 48.1% 10,768 0.0% 0
1980 38.7% 7,292 50.4% 9,503 10.9% 2,068
1976 39.6% 5,931 58.2% 8,707 2.2% 326
1972 53.6% 5,712 44.3% 4,718 2.1% 218
1968 36.2% 2,633 57.4% 4,173 6.4% 464
1964 36.4% 1,809 63.5% 3,159 0.1% 6
1960 44.8% 1,913 55.0% 2,349 0.2% 9

Education[edit]

Brooklyn Park is served by three school districts: Osseo Area School District 279, Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, and Robbinsdale School District 281.

High schools serving Brooklyn Park:

Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.[13]

Maranatha Christian Academy, a private high school, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish School, a Catholic school, are also in Brooklyn Park.

Colleges include North Hennepin Community College, Hennepin Technical College and Rasmussen College.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ . August 23, 2021 https://www.kare11.com/article/news/politics/lisa-jacobson-becomes-brooklyn-park-mayor-two-vote-margin/89-795c46d3-0661-489a-bf15-6d7a382a74cb. Retrieved September 3, 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau". U.S. Census Bureau. August 12, 2021. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Brooklyn Park History". City of Brooklyn Park. 2008. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  9. ^ "Three Rivers Figure Skating Club". Top Local Places. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ice Arenas – Recreation and Parks | Brooklyn Park". www.brooklynpark.org. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Jacobson up by two in hand recount for Brooklyn Park mayor". Sun Post. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  12. ^ "Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State - Election Results". Archived from the original on February 22, 2021. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hoisington, Daniel John (2001). The Brooklyns: A history of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Brooklyn Center Historical Society, ISBN 978-0970843906.

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