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Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from (north of) downtown Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. Brooklyn Park is a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis–Saint Paul.
The population of Brooklyn Park was 75,781 at the 2010 census and estimated in 2016 to be 79,707.
Brooklyn Park is listed as a "Tree City USA" and is home to 47 miles (76 km) of trails and 67 parks, including the Rush Creek Regional Trail and the northern section of the Palmer Lake Park. The city is also known for the West Coon Rapids Dam, located on the west side of the Mississippi River. North Hennepin Community College and a campus of Hennepin Technical College are located in the city.
Brooklyn Park is a "bedroom community" of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and is considered both a 2nd and 3rd tier suburb, because much of the land developed north of 85th Avenue was developed after the year 2000. The city still has undeveloped land and farms, including the historic Eidem Homestead, a 1900s working farm that serves as a popular tourist attraction for families and school field trips.
As of the census of 2010, there were 75,781 people, 26,229 households, and 18,763 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,906.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,122.3/km²). There were 27,841 housing units at an average density of 1,067.9 per square mile (412.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.2% White, 24.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 15.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.6% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.
There were 26,229 households of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.5% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.40.