Introduction to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is 9 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River in Hennepin County and is regarded as a suburb of Minneapolis. It's a former agricultural community. Major employers include Caterpillar Paving Products, Egan McKay, Medical Arts Press, Unisource Worldwide, Modern Manufacturing and Engineering, PDL, Biopharma and Medtronic. Education and health services are major employers. Rivers and streams flow through the city. Lakes and ponds are featured in the area's landscape.

Brooklyn Park History

The area was included in the Missouri Territory in the early 19th century. In 1852 settlers began to make their claims for land in the area. Settlers arrived from Michigan and named the township after their residence in Brooklyn Michigan. In 1860 two portions of the township were split-off and became Brooklyn Center and Crystal Lake.

Brooklyn Park and nearby Attractions

Brooklyn Park Historical Farm offers an insight into the lives of settlers during the early days. It includes a farmhouse, a barn, a variety of farm animals, a windmill, historic farm equipment and other items of interest. Other notable attractions in the area include:

  • Children's Arts Festival
  • Apple Fest
  • Tater Daze
  • Arts in the Park
  • Concerts in the Park
  • Rose Galleries
  • Underwater Adventures
  • American Wings Air Museum
  • Science Museum of Minnesota

Brooklyn Park Activities

The city includes an extensive park and trail system and a notable community activity center. Residents and visitors enjoy the Grand Rios indoor water park. The Brunswick Zone is a family style entertainment facility. There are a vast number of lakes in the region that provide opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. The nearby Minneapolis Chain of Lakes are popular for canoeing.

The Springbrook Nature Center is close by and offers hiking trails through forest areas, prairie and wetlands. Lake Minnetonka provides opportunities for boating and observing nature. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the numerous area courses including the Brookland Golf Course and the USA Golf Course.

Brooklyn Park Higher Education

A campus of Rasmussen College is located in Brooklyn Park. The University of Minnesota, Hennepin Technical College and North Hennepin Community College are in the area.


Total Population 78,195
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 8.9%
Employed Population 16+ 39,129
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.7%
Median Earnings25+ $38,069
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,425
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,034


Median Family Income $74,012
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%


People Living Alone 23.2%
Median Gross Rent $871
Median House Value $179,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.9%
US/American 0%
English 3.6%
Irish 6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brooklyn Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Hennepin
Metro Area Minneapolis - Saint Paul
Standard Zip Codes 55428, 55429, 55443, 55444, 55445
Phone Area Codes 763
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.094
Longitude -93.356

Brooklyn Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 58 F
Annual Precip 29.4 inches
Station DELANO
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 27.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brooklyn Center 30,684 $51,087
Coon Rapids 61,946 $74,480
Crystal 22,607 $70,186

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Brooklyn Park High Schools

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Serves 1,549 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

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A Non-traditional School
Serves 139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.7

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7300 BOONE AVE. N.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 63.1

A Special Education School
Serves 68 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

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Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

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