Burnsville is a city of about 61,000 people in Minnesota. It is located 15 miles south of Minneapolis on the south bank of the Minnesota River. It occupies about 25 square miles of land in Dakota County and lies about 1,000 feet above sea level. The city’s nickname is “South of the River.”
As the Dakota County name implies, the Dakota tribe was among the earliest inhabitants of the area, fed by an abundance of fish and game. The city took its name from an Irishman (Byrne or Burns, it is unclear) who was among the first group of families to settle in the 1850s. The city has grown over the last three decades with accessibility enabled by I-35W and more recently by investment in the “Heart of the City” project to revitalize the urban core.
Minnesota is known for cold weather, and Burnsville is no exception. The average low temperature in January is a frigid 6°F (the average for the U.S. is 23°F). However, it sees fewer days with precipitation than average for U.S. cities: 60.5 versus 102. The combination of temperature and humidity earn a year-round comfort rating well below average for the rest of the country.
The primary roadways serving ground travel to and from Burnsville are I-35W and I-35E, as well as state road 13. You have several choices for mass transit in Burnsville. The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority provides bus service in the city, and Metro Transit provides bus connections to the Twin Cities. Metro Transit is also in the process of developing rail line service to Burnsville. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is about a 15-minute drive to the north. The typical commute takes about 23 minutes.
Burnsville Cost of Living
Area Vibes gives Burnsville a grade of C-minus for its living expense. You’ll pay about an eight percent premium overall compared to the rest of the country. The housing carries the biggest share of that increase: about 16 percent more in Burnsville than the average for all U.S. cities. To see how far your earnings will go in Burnsville, use the links below.
Three public school systems operate in Burnsville, providing elementary, middle, high school, and community education programs. About 70 percent of the city is served by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. Private School Review locates 10 private schools in Burnsville. For higher education, Burnsville is a short drive to several dozen colleges and universities, including Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota.
There are 32 hospitals within 30 miles of Burnsville (U.S. Hospital Finder). The Fairview Ridges Hospital is located in Burnsville. It is a 150-bed, level four trauma care facility. The next closest hospital is the affiliated Fairview Southdale Hospital in South Edina. It is a 350-bed facility with access to 40 specialties. U.S. News & World Reports ranks it as high-performing in six procedures/conditions.
Burnsville Real Estate
U.S. Census information shows Burnsville has about 26,000 housing units, and 64 percent are owner-occupied. The median value of these owner-occupied homes is $208,700. For those carrying a mortgage, the median monthly costs of ownership amount to $1,581. Renters can expect to pay median monthly costs of $992. As for safety, Burnsville residents are at much lower risk of violent crime, but you are slightly more likely to experience a property crime compared to the average for all U.S. cities.
The Burnsville area offers several quality lodging options, including popular names (Marriott, Hilton, Best Western, Days Inn and Holiday). The GrandStay® Hotel & Conference Center in Apple Valley offers suites, free breakfast buffet, and shuttle service to the airport. The LivINN Hotel is popular amongst budget-minded travelers, offering modern rooms, free continental breakfast, and Wi-Fi.
Are you hungry? You’ll like sampling the menus at Burnsville’s many restaurants. People who love Italian food love Chianti Grill, known for innovative dishes and a plenty of wines to choose from. If you’re on the trail of the perfect barbecue experience, you may want to taste the tender and juicy meats they’re serving up at Rack Shack BBQ.
Burnsville Things to Do
There’s plenty to keep you busy in Burnsville. Winter and summer, people love skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Buck Hill. The warmer months are great for mountain biking, too. If you enjoy cigars, you may like to burn a stick at Burn Premium Cigar Specialists. For an indoor outing, consider a family adventure at ProKART Indoor Racing. Or release your inner skating ace at Skateville Family Rollerskating Center.