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Burnsville, MN is located twenty minutes south from either downtown Minneapolis or downtown Saint Paul and offers convenient access to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport. The land that is now the city of Burnsville has had five owners. First the Mdewakanton Sioux American Indians. Then Spain laid claim to it, and France obtained possession in 1682. Jefferson bought it from Napoleon in 1803, and the Sioux signed away the land to Governor Ramsey in 1851. Burnsville’s first pioneers arrived in 1850, and being primarily Irish and farmers by trade, the rich soil, and vast land made Burnsville an ideal location for them to settle. Burnsville did not officially become a city until 1965. Today it has a population of over 60,000 residents and keeps growing each year. It offers an excellent quality of life with more than 3,300 acres of parks and wildlife refuge lands and easy access to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge at Cliff Fen Park. It is conveniently located near the famous Mall of America and other Twin Cities attractions, yet maintains a small town feeling. There are ten hotels in Burnsville and 80 restaurants, plus award winning schools and excellent medical facilities. The City of Burnsville is committed to maintaining quality services and amenities for residents and visitors.

The city of Burnsville has also developed a strong, balanced economic climate while maintaining its exceptional quality of life. With its beautiful parklands, convenient shopping, easy access to major interstates and airports and life-cycle housing options, it provides opportunities for people of all ages. The median value of a home in Burnsville is $155,900 and the median rent for an apartment is $779. The following are some other useful facts for anyone considering moving to the area: the median household income is $57, 965 and the average commute time to work is 22 minutes. Burnsville is home to over 2200 businesses, and the occupations are broken down as follows: 39% of employed residents are in management or professional occupations, 32% work in sales, 13% are employed in service industries, 9% are in production and transportation and 7% in construction. Burnsville ranks #8 in the state for the number of manufacturing firms and #4 for the amount of retail sales. Burnsville hotels and motels have one of the lowest lodging tax rates in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area with 3 percent, and there is no sales tax on groceries, clothing, drugs or medicine. The current sales tax rate for other items is 6.5 percent. Burnsville’s new “Heart of the City” is a 54 acre, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly downtown area that features retail shops, business and office space, hotels, a community arts center, community park and diverse housing opportunities. Residents are able to choose from affordable to luxurious residences, which they can either rent or own and live in close proximity to work. For anyone considering relocation to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, Burnsville is a great place to consider as “home.”


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