Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

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Brooklyn Center is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city lies on the west bank of the Mississippi River on the northwest border of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. Brooklyn Center is one of the oldest inner-ring suburbs of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.2 million residents. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 27,488 in 2007.[1]

Formed as the center of local trade in Brooklyn Township since 1873, the rural area farmed market gardening for the nearby growing population of Minneapolis. The village incorporated in 1911, splitting from Brooklyn Township, to avoid annexation from the expanding city of Minneapolis. 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.[5]

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History

Known as the center of local trade in Brooklyn Township since 1873, the rural area farmed market gardening for the nearby growing population of Minneapolis. With fears the downtown city would continue annexation, the village established in 1911.[6]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21.6 km²), of which, 7.9 square miles (20.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (4.80%) is water.

Interstates 94 and 694 and Minnesota State Highways 100 and 252 are four of the main routes in the city.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 29,172 people, 11,430 households, and 7,383 families residing 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/sq mi (564.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city 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.

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