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Brooklyn Center
Official seal of Brooklyn Center
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Location of the city of Brooklyn Centerwithin Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Brooklyn Center
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Settled 1852
Incorporated (village) 1911
Incorporated (city) 1966
 • Type Council/Manager
 • City 8.38 sq mi (21.71 km2)
 • Land 8.00 sq mi (20.73 km2)
 • Water 0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2)
853 ft (260 m)
 • City 33,782
 • Density 4,222.75/sq mi (1,630.41/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-07948
GNIS feature ID 0640508

Brooklyn Center is a first-ring suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. In 1911, the area became a village formed from parts of Brooklyn Township and Crystal Lake Township. In 1966, Brooklyn Center became a charter city. The city has commercial and industrial development. The majority of land use is single-family homes. The population was 33,782 at the 2020 census, and the city has become the most ethnically diverse community in the state.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.34 square miles (21.60 km2), of which 7.96 square miles (20.62 km2) is land and 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2) is water.

Interstates 94 and 694 and Minnesota State Highways 100 and 252 are four of the main routes in Brooklyn Center.


Known as the center of local trade in the former Brooklyn Township since 1873, the rural area farmed market gardening for the nearby growing population of Minneapolis. With fears the downtown city would continue annexation, the village of Brooklyn Center was established in 1911. The city of Brooklyn Center was incorporated in 1966. The city contains the site of the historic Earle Brown farm, home to Earle Brown, founder of the Minnesota State Patrol and first Sheriff of Hennepin County. The farm has been refurbished and now contains a bed and breakfast, event center, and various office spaces.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 788
1930 1,344 70.6%
1940 1,870 39.1%
1950 4,284 129.1%
1960 24,356 468.5%
1970 35,173 44.4%
1980 31,230 −11.2%
1990 28,887 −7.5%
2000 29,172 1.0%
2010 30,104 3.2%
2020 33,782 12.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, 30,104 people, 10,756 households, and 7,010 families resided in the city. The population density was 3,781.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,460.2/km2). There were 11,640 housing units at an average density of 1,462.3 per square mile (564.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 49.1% White, 25.9% African American, 0.8% Native American, 14.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from other races, and 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.6% of the population.

There were 10,756 households, of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 18.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.43.

The city's median age was 32.6. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.


FBI Minneapolis - Federal Bureau of Investigation Building (27513665992)
Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Brooklyn Center

When the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, also known as MECC, existed, its headquarters were in Brooklyn Center.

Brooklyn Center is home to regional favorite Surly Brewing Company.

Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, now known simply as the Academy, an MMA training center, is in Brooklyn Center. It has trained such notable fighters as Sean Sherk and Brock Lesnar.

Brooklyn Center is home to the FBI's new Minneapolis field office, which began construction in August 2010.

Top employers

According to Brooklyn Center's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Medtronic 1,100
2 Brooklyn Center Schools #286 385
3 Caribou Coffee 250
4 Osseo Area School District 279 185
5 City of Brooklyn Center 160
6 TCF 150
7 Target 146
8 TCR 145
9 Cub Foods 130
10 Walmart 129


Globe University and Minnesota School of Business was a for-profit school network that Minnesota stopped from operating in the state in 2016, and of which all locations permanently closed by 2017 because it lost its federal student aid.

Notable people

  • Dennie Gordon – TV/film director (Joe Dirt, What a Girl Wants, New York Minute)
  • Marcus Harris – former college football player, and a Brooklyn Center High School alum, was an All-American wide receiver, played for the University of Wyoming, and won the 1996 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the best college wide receiver in the nation.
  • Don Kramer – Minnesota state senator and businessman
  • John Wingard - farmer and Minnesota state representative

See also

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