Do you recognize these names:  Pipa soloist player Gao Hong, actor Cedric Yarbrough, actress and ice skater Kirsten Olson and Christian music artist Sara Groves.  So what do these people have in common? Aside from being noted for their talents, all of them have been residents of Burnsville at one time.


With more than 2,200 business establishments catering to the day to day requirements of an estimated 60,220 residents, Burnsville, Minnesota is definitely a booming city.  It is thus not surprising that throughout Minnesota, it has been ranked number four in terms of retails sales and number ten in terms of the quantity of manufacturing firms.


Population Profile 


The 2000 census indicated a total of 24,261 housing units in Burnsville, with around 15,633 families.  Of the 23, 687 households, 34.1% had minors living with their parents. A huge percentage or 87.54% of its residents are Whites followed by Asians (4.08%), African Americans (4.07%) and Latinos or Hispanics (2.86%).


A meager 3.7% of the families here are classified as living below the poverty line.  Not bad for a city with a median income of $57,965 for households and $67,979 for families.


Those considering Minnesota relocation may want to consider relocating to this suburban community. Burnsville’s growth was highly influenced by the 1960 completion of the Interstate 35W’s.  There are a lot of real estate investing possibilities like upscale housing and apartment units, condominiums, and even land.

Commercial Districts 

Burnsville boasts of a lively and diverse commercial district consisting of a 1,275,703 square foot mall (Burnsville Center) as well as grocery stores, strip malls and restaurants located along Country Road 42.  It has a good public transportation system operated by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.  However, most of the residents make use of their own vehicles for areas not serviced by the bus service. 


The short travel time to the commercial district is also convenient for most residents who spend from 15 to 30 minutes to commute to and from the Valleyfair Amusement Park, Mall of America, the Buck Hill Ski Area, the downtown areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and even the St. Paul International Airport.  Burnsville is also adjacent to the cities of Lakeville, Savage and Apply Valley.

Places to go 

Burnsville families need not go far to experience outdoor adventure.  There are parks and other entertainment facilities throughout.  Burnsville Center is one of the cities biggest shopping areas.

Garage Youth Center

The center’s name may be a sight for sore eyes but the place itself is a melting point of musical talents.  Foreign music artists from as far as Japan have performed in the center, a non-profit music club.

Burnsville Athletic Club

Composed of young volunteer sports enthusiasts, the Club boasts of hosting 1,300 baseball players under the K-12 level every year.  Up to 80 to 90 basketball players between grades 3 to 12 also participate in the in-house sports intended only for teams belonging to the Club.  However, it also hosts competitions for baseball and basketball traveling teams.

Birnamwood Golf Course  

One relocation information that will attract those who are eyeing Burnsville is the presence of this a nine-hole public golf course. The Birnamwood Golf Course, which is located along the intersection of Parkwood Drive and Burnsville Parkway, is owned and the same time being operated by the City of Burnsville.  This is a favorite venue for adult, junior and senior golf leagues, open golf, golf tournaments and annual passes.

Burnsville Performing Arts Center  

The completion of the $20 million Burnsville Performing Arts Center sometime in 2008 is another reason for the brisk Minneapolis Real Estate movement particularly in Burnsville.  The Center is located right in the heart of the city, particularly within the vicinity of 126th Street and Pillsbury Avenue in Nicollet Commons Park so you can expect a lot of real estate development along this district.


For a more friendly real estate development, the Burnsville, Minnesota city council has authorized the construction of the Center and the corresponding parking facilities without any increase in property taxes. 


Burnsville Performing Arts Center aims to encourage love for culture and the arts not only among Burnsville residents.  It also aims to attract corporate relocation and employee relocation.  Once completed, the Center (designed by Ankeny Kell Architects) will have a 1000 seating capacity (for the main theater), another 150-seater theater, an art gallery and rooms for big events, receptions and business conferences. Once completed, it will be the venue of business conventions, concerts, local and touring theater productions, dance recitals and other cultural shows.

The construction of the Center has been a long-time priority of the Burnsville community which has been eyeing its construction since ten years ago.  The city has purchased the land, where the Center will be located, last 2001.  It is also one of the top reasons why AAA, one of the major business entities in Burnsville has decided to remain in the city.


Education is a priority in Burnsville. The following educational facilities are available:


Those relocating to Burnsville might want to know that Burnsville has committed to becoming an environmentally-friendly city by promoting a more efficient usage of water among its residents.  It recently mandated some restrictions in water use to maximize the city’s limited groundwater sources and to avoid an increase in water charges in the long term.  Here are the restrictions in water use which is mandated for all residents:

However, the following are exempted from the scheme:


The city leads the Twin Cities region’s quest for suburban growth and development policies. This means a lot to real estate development since smart real estate growth and development leans towards the construction of sustainable-designed communities and veers from the sprawling communities concept. This is all part of the heart of the City project of Burnsville which involves 54 acres. The development strategy is already seen in the high rise development of Nicollet Commons Park. 


Here is a link to the City of Burnsville website:

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