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Brainerd, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Brainerd had a population of 13,797 as of July 1, 2016. Brainerd ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Brainerd is located at latitude 46.3553 and longitude -94.1984 in Crow Wing County. The formal boundaries for the City of Brainerd (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0.72 sq. miles. Crow Wing County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,217 feet.

The City of Brainerd (GNIS ID: 2394238) 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 Brainerd 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 Brainerd: City of Brainerd, Oski-odena.

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


Total Population 13,797
Population in Households 13,274
Population in Familes 9,297
Population in Group Qrtrs 523
Population Density1 1,159
Diversity Index2 18


Total Households 5,921
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 3,216
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,514 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,133 (48.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,789 (42.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 593 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $131,806
Average Home Value $153,335


Median Household Income $34,959
Average Household Income $48,362
Per Capita Income $20,763
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.24% 0.23%
Households 0.19% 0.2%
Families 0.75% 0.08%
Median Household Income   0.65%
Per Capita Income   1.43%
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.

Brainerd, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brainerd 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 # 76 92nd
Population Density1 # 212 77th
Diversity Index2 # 297 67th
Median Household Income # 868 4th
Per Capita Income # 856 6th

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