Ottertail, MN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ottertail, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Ottertail had a population of 621 as of July 1, 2017. Ottertail ranks in the lower 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 Ottertail is located at latitude 46.4203 and longitude -95.5673 in Otter Tail County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ottertail (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0.82 sq. miles. Otter Tail County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,352 feet.

The City of Ottertail (GNIS ID: 2396107) 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 Ottertail population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ottertail: City of Ottertail, Otter Tail, Otter Tail City.

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Ottertail, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 621
Daytime Population: Workers 766
Daytime Population: Residents 349
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,115
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.80
Population in Households 619
Population in Familes 514
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density2 145
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $51,646
Average Household Income $66,711
Per Capita Income $29,096


Total Housing Units 407 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 232 (57.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 33 ( 8.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 142 (34.9%)
Median Home Value $240,000
Average Home Value $278,233


Total Households 265
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 189
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.14% 0.79%
Households 1.09% 0.82%
Families 1.39% 0.73%
Median Household Income   3.25%
Per Capita Income   3.95%

Ottertail, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ottertail to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 464 49th
Population Density # 754 17th
Diversity Index # 832 8th
Median Household Income # 556 39th
Per Capita Income # 413 54th

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