Brooklyn Park

This Twin Cities suburb occupies 17,020 acres of land in Hennepin County and is considered the sixth largest city in the State of Minnesota and the fourth in the Metropolitan area.  It is adjacent to the cities of New Hope, Maple Grove and Champlin.

Brooklyn Park used to be an agricultural community but the city is undergoing a facelift with a view of making it an ideal location not only for residential development but for commercial and industrial development as well.  It is a work in progress with 85 percent of its development already completed.

History

Brooklyn Parks in the 18th century was mostly trails and without roads.  This was prior to the opening of the land occupied by Brooklyn Park to homesteading in 1852.  Among the settlers who claimed ownership to Getchell Prairie were Winslow Getchell and his father Washington.  On the other hand, another group of settlers which included Pierre Bottineau staked their claim on Bottineau Prairie which is now known as Osseo and Maple Grove.

The Hanscom home near Shingle Creek plays a very important role in the history of Brooklyn Park as this is where the first town meeting was held sometime in 1858.

Community Profile

Brooklyn Park has a total population of 67,388 people distributed into 24,432 households as of the 2000 Census.  However, 2007 Census data shows that the population has grown to 72,724 people.  It is predicted that in 20 years, Brooklyn Park’s population would bloom to 78,000.

Most of the residents are Whites (71.44%) while the rest are African Americans (14.33%), Asians (9.22%), Native Americans (0.57%) and those from other races. The population of the city is fairly young with an average age of 32 years.  A mere 5.6% of the total population were 65 years old and above while 28.8% are below the age of 18.

The city has a per capita income of $23,199 with 5.1% of the total population and 3.8% if the total number of families living below poverty level.  A family in Brooklyn Park gets an average income of $64,297 while a household gets an average income of $56,572.

Majority or 80% (29,807) of the residents drive to work using their own car, 11% or 4,220 carpooled while 4% or 1,608 used the bus when going to work.

Recreation

One of the most attractive recreational facilities for those eyeing corporate relocation or employee relocation in Brooklyn Park is the city’s golf courses.  Whatever your ability level is, the city’s golf courses will suit you fine.

Brooklyn Park boasts of being home to Edinburgh USA which was designed by Robert Trent Jones II and is considered one of the country’s top public golf courses.  The Brookland Executive Nine Course is another ideal course both for beginners and experienced golfers.

If you are a beginner golfer who wants to improve your game then the city’s Golf Academy will be able to help you.

Relocating to Brooklyn Park with your family can be fun because there are lots of facilities for bonding.  First on the list is the ten-acre Brooklyn Park Historical Farm.  The Farm, which recreates farm and household life between 1890 and 1910, remained in the Eidem family ownership for 82 years.  The Historical Farm comes complete with a windmill, chicken coop, period farm equipment, outbuildings, outhouse, barn and a farmhouse.

If you just want to hang out then the Brooklyn Park system with more than 1,700 acres of parks dotting the neighborhood is a great destination.  At the Brooklyn neighborhood parks, you can have a picnic with your family and friends or take advantage of the ice areas, athletic complexes and the activity buildings.

Housing    

Choosing a relocation area which will provide the needs of the whole family can be tricky.  However, Brooklyn Park is an ideal corporate relocation and family relocation site because it offers diversified options when it comes to housing requirements.  You can opt for a historical house or the more practical condominiums, town homes, single family units or even houses for rent in Brooklyn Park.

Of the 24,846 houses in the city, a total of 24,432 houses are occupied. Of this, 17,894 houses are occupied by their owners while 6,538 are being rented out.  Finding homes for rent in the city is not really a problem since 27% of the houses are being rented out.

As of 2007, houses and condominiums for sale in the city have an average price of $229,353.  For the same period, the average rental rate for houses and condominiums is $764.
 
A total of 14,624 houses in Brooklyn are mortgaged while only 2,014 of the houses are without mortgage.
If you are planning to relocate to Brooklyn Park then now is the right time as the city is taking part as one of the Minnesota Housing Pilot Performance partners. The Program will pave the way for new and affordable housing opportunities for Brooklyn Park residents.  If you are interested, there are two projects in the city which are included in the program and these are the Habitat for Humanity and Village Creek Condominiums.

A total of 20 Habitat for Humanity sites are expected to be acquired in the next years and a total of $400,000 has been provided by the Economic Development Authority of Brooklyn Park to assist in the site acquisition.

The 133-acre Village Creek is an old commercial area in the city which will be transformed into a mixed-use development with facilities for housing and commercial establishments.

Building your house is easy but finding the perfect location to build your family’s roots is where the challenge lies.  At Brooklyn Park, you are assured that you will get the quality of life that is an ideal mix of urbanization with a little of the traditional thrown in between.

If you are bent on investing in real estate in Brooklyn Park then make sure you only deal with reputable real estate agents and developers to make sure you are buying an apartment, house or condominium which will suit your need and your financial requirements.

 

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Here is a link to the City Of Brooklyn Park website:  http://www.brooklynpark.org

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