Burnsville (Minnesota)

Dakota County


Burnsville is a city in Dakota County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is located 24 km south of downtown Minneapolis in the metropolitan region of the Twin Cities and has around 60,000 inhabitants.


Burnsville is a suburb of the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, just south of the Minnesota River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the area of ​​the city is 69.75 square miles, of which 5.23 square miles of water.


The Dakota Indians were the first inhabitants of the region. Built around 1750 Chief Black Dog north of the Minnesota River in the area of Mille Lacs Lake, a settlement. The land on the lakes around Burnsville was used for fishing and recreational activities, but also for burials.

According to the Agreement between the Government of the United States and the Indians left the area in 1851, the Dakota and retired to sanctuaries. One of the first European settlers who came mainly from Ireland was William Byrne, who in 1840 moved from Ireland to Hamilton, Ontario. In 1855 he settled down about three kilometers west of present-day Interstate 35. He donated land for a church, a school and a cemetery, and served as mayor. 1858 laid the Dakota County Board the boundaries of the Township Byrnsville fixed. There were different variations of the name, until the mid- 20th century, the now valid spelling prevailed.

1864 Burnsville was connected to the railway network. Soon, it was used as a recreation area for the Twin Cities due to its many lakes. However, the municipality also in the subsequent period retained its rural character. In 1950, the Burnsville Township had 583 inhabitants. It was only with the construction of Interstate 35 W and increasing suburbanization began a population growth. After Bloomington had tried unsuccessfully einzugemeinden Burnsville, you were granted town rights in 1964. In the late 1990s, the city council agreed on carrying out future growth within the existing structures in order to avoid further urban sprawl. In addition, there are projects for the restoration of downtown, to move away from the image of a sleeping city.



According to the census in 2010 lived 60,306 people in Burnsville. In 2010 there were in Burnsville 24,283 households and 15,656 families. The population density was 934.8 inhabitants per square kilometer. There were 25,759 housing units at an average density of 399.3 housing units per square kilometer. The racial the population was 77.5 percent white, 10 percent African American, 5 percent Asian Americans, Hispanics and Latinos 7.9 percent, 0.4 percent Native American, 0.1 percent of residents of the Pacific Islands, 3.5 percent other races, and 3.5 percent from two or more races.

In 29.9 percent of the 24,283 households children lived under the age of 18, 48.4 percent lived in married couples, 11.5 percent lived in single women, 4.6 percent lived in singles male and 35.5 percent were no family households. 27.6 percent of all households and 8 per cent of households were living alone who was 65 years old. The average household size was 2.47 persons, the families of 3.03.

In relation to the entire city the population was composed of 24.1 percent population under 18 years, 9 percent between 18 and 24 years, 28.6 percent between 25 and 44 years, 26.7 percent between 45 and 64 and 11, 7 percent over 65 years. The median was 35.9 years. Approximately 51.3 percent of the population were female. Approximately 48.7 percent of the population were male.

The median income for a household was 2000 57.965 USD of a family $ 67,979 a year. The per capita income was $ 27,093. Approximately 5.1 percent of the population and 3.7 percent of families are below the poverty line.