Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
City
Brooklyn Park City Hall in November 2006
Brooklyn Park City Hall in November 2006
Official seal of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Seal
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
 • MayorJeffrey Lunde (R)[1]
Area[2]
 • City26.57 sq mi (68.82 km2)
 • Land26.07 sq mi (67.52 km2)
 • Water0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)  1.88%
Elevation869 ft (265 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City75,781
 • Estimate (2016)[4]79,707
 • RankUS: 427th MN: 6th
 • Density3,057/sq mi (1,180.3/km2)
 • Metro3,524,583 (US: 16th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (Central)
ZIP codes55428, 55429, 55443, 55444, 55445
Area code763
FIPS code27-07966
GNIS feature ID0640511[5]
Websitewww.brooklynpark.org

Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from (north of) downtown Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. Brooklyn Park is a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis–Saint Paul.

The population of Brooklyn Park was 75,781 at the 2010 census[6] and estimated in 2016 to be 79,707.[4]

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

Brooklyn Park is a "bedroom community" of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and is considered both a 2nd and 3rd tier suburb, because much of the land developed north of 85th Avenue was developed after the year 2000. The city still has undeveloped land and farms, including the historic Eidem Homestead, a 1900s working farm that serves as a popular tourist attraction for families and school field trips.

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.[7] 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.[2] 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.
196010,197
197026,230157.2%
198043,33265.2%
199056,38130.1%
200067,38819.5%
201075,78112.5%
Est. 201679,707[4]5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2015 Estimate[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 75,781 people, 26,229 households, and 18,763 families residing 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 residing in the city. The population density was 2,586.1 people per square mile (998.4/km²). There were 24,846 housing units at an average density of 953.5 per square mile (368.1/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 shows 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 is $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.[10][11]

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 current mayor of Brooklyn Park is Republican (GOP) Jeffrey Lunde, who won a 12 way special election in April 2011 with only 31% of the vote. Republican mayor Lunde narrowly won a tough re-election bid against Democrat (DFL) candidate Hollies J. Winston in 2018. [12]

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. Alphonsus Parish School, a Catholic school, are also located in Brooklyn Park.

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

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, Jim (June 10, 2014). "Two Brooklyns have 7 vying to be mayor". Star Tribune. Retrieved October 3, 2015. Lunde, 46, a Republican
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Brooklyn Park city, Minnesota". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Brooklyn Park History". City of Brooklyn Park. 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Three Rivers Figure Skating Club". Top Local Places. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Ice Arenas – Recreation and Parks | Brooklyn Park". www.brooklynpark.org. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  12. ^ City of Brooklyn Park (2011), Special Election Results, archived from the original on May 3, 2011, retrieved April 30, 2011
  13. ^ "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.

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