Brooklyn Park is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and a suburb of Minneapolis. Its ideal location and great outdoor amenities have made it a desirable option for retirees. Aside from that, residents have the convenience of exploring the exciting Twin Cities while still being in a relaxed, suburban environment.
Climate & Geography
The Twin Cities area has a hot-summer humid continental climate, characterized by four distinct seasons with large temperature differences. Residents experience long, freezing winters with warm to hot summers. Residents of Brooklyn Park can also expect more snowfall than the national average at 55 inches per year.
Minnesota is part of the Upper Midwest Great Lakes region, a large glacial flood plain. Brooklyn Park is a mostly flat, suburban area, interspersed with parks and kettle ponds. The Mississippi River makes up the eastern border of the city.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
As a suburb of Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park consists of quiet neighborhoods, local shops, breweries, and restaurants. Residents who are looking to stay active can drive down to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park where they’ll have many opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, camping, and more. There are also a few golf courses within the city such as the Edinburgh Golf Course which is ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the U.S.
Residents are less than a half hour drive away from downtown Minneapolis, home to the Minnesota Twins, and plenty of museums, art institutes, and businesses.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living and housing in Brooklyn Park is only 3 percent higher than national average. While most factors are close to the national average, transportation is slightly higher and health care is much lower.
Minnesota is one of the least tax-friendly states in the nation for retirees. It ranks among the top 20 states with the highest property taxes in the U.S. Also, Social Security, pensions, IRA’s and 401k’s are all taxable. Although, those with Social Security are eligible for a deduction on their tax bill based on their marital status.
Minnesota typically ranks among the top 20 states in the U.S in Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There is only one hospital in Brooklyn Park, but residents can take advantage of the health care in Minneapolis which is home to 5 nationally ranked hospitals by U.S News. Not to mention, the Minneapolis metro area ranks among the top 25 communities in Well-Being, scoring high in the financial factor.