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Top Reasons to Live in Brooklyn Park MN

  • Bordering the Mississippi River, Brooklyn Park is a rather quiet but beautiful city of 76,000 in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area. Founded in the 1850s and established as a city in 1954, Brooklyn Park has 2000 acres of parkland spread over 67 parks, meaning residents of Brooklyn Park are never far from green space.

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  • Housing StatisticsSix percent of residential properties are vacant in Brooklyn Park, with 27 percent being rented (including rent to own houses) and 67 percent owned. An annual residential turnover rate of 18 percent ensures there are constantly new homes for sale. During 2012 the median sales price of a house increased steadily to $152,000 in Q4 2012, while the average listing price of a home was $188,000.
  • NightlifeHaving to compete with nearby Minneapolis must be extremely difficult - what else could explain the dearth of nightlife in the city? Still, Brooklyn Park has a few places worth checking out. If you want a typical sports bar that serves beer and burgers, Mad Jack's Sports Cafe or Blondie's Sports Grill and Bar are both on Brooklyn Blvd and should keep you happy. Meanwhile, Mingles Lounge on Zane Ave is a great place for a night out with some friends.
  • Outdoor Activities If you like your outdoor activities to be more relaxing, the Brookland Golf Course and the larger Edinburgh Golf Course, which is considered to be amongst the best public courses in the country, are great places to start. Hikers and cyclists are well served with around 40 miles of trail within the city and countless more just beyond its borders. The Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park on the northwest border is one of the more interesting places to hike or cycle given its position next to the Mississippi River, although why walk when you can raft? Rafting down Mississippi River can be as relaxing or as vigorous as you like, and it's a novel way to do some birdwatching. Anglers will be glad to know there are also specially designated fishing spots in this park.
  • Transportation and CommutesBrooklyn Park is fairly well connected by bus routes running throughout the city, which is reflected in the fact that 4.5 percent of its resident use public transport to get to work. 80 percent of residents drive, while a further 11.3 percent carpool on a commute that takes 27 minutes on average. Plans for a light rail network, to be completed in 2018, will connect Brooklyn Park with neighboring cities. Of the major roads that run through the city, Interstate 94 is the most significant, connecting Brooklyn Park to the state capital Minneapolis with a 20 minute drive.
  • Local SportsOne of the few things Brooklyn Park lacks is a professional or college sport team to support. Luckily Minneapolis is close enough that you can realistically attend their teams' home games on a regular basis. Football fans can cheer on the NFL's Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, while the Minnesota Twins play Major League Baseball at Target Field and the Minnesota Timberwolves compete in the NBA at the Target Center. Not too shabby.