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The diversifying of Brooklyn Center

by Nekessa

Some of you probably live in Brooklyn Center, others in neighboring Brooklyn Park, and those of you who don’t, well, you might have noticed that hundreds of immigrants– Asian and African– have made the city their home.

The Strib reports that this is the first time in the history of Minnesota that minorities have come close to outnumbering whites in any city/town. The US Census Bureau reports that 49.1% of Brooklyn Center is now inhabited by immigrants.

Now for the bad news:

Per capita income in Brooklyn Center has sunk so low in comparison to the surrounding metro — only a little over 60 percent of the metro-wide figure — that the city risks being added to a list of the nation’s most troubled suburbs.

I am curious about this finding, since I always assumed that families that move to Brooklyn Center are generally middle-class families who are making enough money to move into a suburb.

Some good news

More than 70 percent of kids in the school district are from minority groups.

More bad news

While the mix of cultures and ethnicities is something to celebrate, Willson said, the income-driven social problems the experts are talking about aren’t just approaching, they’re here.

It doesn’t have to be all bad news. Perhaps, as some have pointed out, the average incomes for immigrant families are much lower because their families are bigger, and not because they are making less money? The article also talks about social ills, which I imagine includes crimes such as violent robberies, and gang-related crimes. As usual the Strib has no numbers to back its claims. (really, I would like to meet the editors of that paper!) All the same, Brooklyn Center does have a relatively high crime rate, however there is little to suggest that these crimes are committed by immigrants. Curious. Check here for CityRating stats.  A quick google search on crime reports on Brooklyn Center shows that it is one of the most unsafe neighborhoods in the cities.

What is your experience living in Brooklyn Park?

In other news, the NYT reports that more black children are being raised by both parents.  One of the factors contributing to this, they say, is the increasing number of immigrant populations nationally.  Better surveying techniques? What techniques were they using 10 years ago that they are not using now? Co-habitation.

Other interesting stats:

  1. More on diversity (national) nearly half of Americans under age 5 are Hispanic or nonwhite
  2. West Virginia is the only state in which more people have died since 2000 than have been born
  3. more Burmese were granted asylum than people from any other country
  4. there are more people speak Italian at home than Arabic
  5. who knew? beds injure more people than bicycles
  6. I hope its green tea! per capita consumption of tea has surpassed that of fruit juice
  7. enrollment of college students from Saudi Arabia and Iran has returned to the levels before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
  8. women make up a majority of pharmacists, bartenders and bus drivers and nearly half the medical students granted degrees
  9. bottled water consumption is up at the same time that per capita water use nationally is down (they must not know about the health hazards of drinking bottled water)
  10. 91 percent of the nearly 12 million surgical and other cosmetic procedures performed in 2007 involved women *deep sigh
  11. consumer complaints against airlines soared to 10,960 last year from 6,452 the year before
  12. Among adults, Jews no longer outnumber Mormons
  13. 57 percent of teenage girls reported having sexual contact in the previous 12 months *another sigh, where are the stats on the boys?
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4 thoughts on “The diversifying of Brooklyn Center

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  2. Wow! Very interesting article. About Brooklyn Center, as the data shows its about time to have an Africa/Asian mayor then. Its also good to see Africans bringing about positive image for black people. Last thing I remember reading in the Star Trib is that HIV/AIDS rates had soared among blacks in part because of African immigrants.

  3. OK, So, do you all know the name of B/Park among wazungus(obronis)? Brooklyn Dark!!

    Anyway, they move to the surburbs for public housing,i think. Hence, the low income data. *i think*

    Africans are poor,even here in the twin cities,

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