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The City of Moorhead had a population of 41,586 as of July 1, 2016. Moorhead ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Moorhead is located at latitude 46.8587 and longitude -96.7425 in Clay County. The formal boundaries for the City of Moorhead (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Clay County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 902 feet.

The City of Moorhead (GNIS ID: 2395392) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Moorhead population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Moorhead: City of Moorhead.

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Moorhead, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 41,586
Population in Households 38,166
Population in Familes 27,702
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,420
Population Density1 2,101
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 15,765
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 9,320
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 16,853 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,756 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,009 (35.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,088 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $147,159
Average Home Value $170,856


Median Household Income $51,341
Average Household Income $66,595
Per Capita Income $26,134
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.43% 1.38%
Households 1.57% 1.46%
Families 1.73% 1.41%
Median Household Income   -0.63%
Per Capita Income   1.49%
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.

Moorhead, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Moorhead to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 21 98th
Population Density1 # 64 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 177 81st
Median Household Income # 503 45th
Per Capita Income # 555 39th

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