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All about Brooklyn Park, MN
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. The population was 86,478 at the 2020 census. 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.
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. Rasmussen University, North Hennepin Community College and a campus of Hennepin Technical College are in the city.
History and Education of Brooklyn Park, MN
Settlers from Michigan formally organized town government in 1858 and named the area after their hometown of Brooklyn, Michigan. Formerly Brooklyn Township, the township split in 1911 when the southeast community incorporated into Brooklyn Center. Brooklyn Township incorporated as the Village of Brooklyn Park in 1954, and incorporated as a city in 1969.
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:
- Champlin Park High School (Anoka-Hennepin District)
- Cooper Senior High School (Robbinsdale District)
- Osseo Senior High School (Osseo District)
- Park Center Senior High School (Osseo District)
Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota’s open enrollment statute.
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.
Geography and Demographics in Brooklyn Park, MN
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. 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.
As of the census 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.
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