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Backus, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Backus is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Cass County at latitude 46.8208 and longitude -94.5147. Cass County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,342 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Backus, but most people and references simply refer to it as Backus, Minnesota.

The P1 Census Class Code for Backus indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Backus (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Backus: City of Backus.

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Backus, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 246
Population in Households 246
Population in Familes 185
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 402
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 111
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 70
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 183 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 91 (49.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 21 (11.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 72 (39.3%)
Median Home Value $130,263
Average Home Value $152,747


Median Household Income $39,501
Average Household Income $49,038
Per Capita Income $22,254
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.38% -0.16%
Households -0.21% 0.0%
Families 2.9% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.35%
Per Capita Income   2.38%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Backus, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Backus to the other 906 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 649 28th
Population Density1 # 557 39th
Diversity Index2 # 634 30th
Median Household Income # 780 14th
Per Capita Income # 730 20th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Minnesota Census Data Comparison Tool.