Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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Brooklyn Park is the seventh most populous city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city lies on the west bank of the Mississippi River upstream from downtown Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. Brooklyn Park is the third largest suburb 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 71,308 in 2008.[1]

The city is known for Edinburgh USA Golf Course, North Hennepin Community College and a campus of Hennepin Technical College. Brooklyn Park is a "bedroom community" of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Target Corporation is currently expanding its Northern Campus into a $1.78 billion office, retail, and housing city center providing 26,600 jobs.[5]

Once Brooklyn Township, the township split in 1860 with the southeastern village incorporating into Brooklyn Center and Crystal Lake. Settlers from Michigan formally established the township and named it after their hometown of Brooklyn, Michigan.[6]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.5 square miles (68.8 km²), of which, 26.1 square miles (67.5 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.85%) is water.

Interstates 94 and 694, U.S. Route 169, Minnesota State Highways 252 and 610, and County Road 81 are five of the main arterial routes in the city.

Demographics

According to the 2000 census[3], 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/sq mi (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 were 2.88% of the population.

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