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Pelican Rapids, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Pelican Rapids had a population of 2,484 as of July 1, 2016. Pelican Rapids ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Pelican Rapids is located at latitude 46.5703 and longitude -96.0859 in Otter Tail County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pelican Rapids (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Otter Tail County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,306 feet.

The City of Pelican Rapids (GNIS ID: 2396173) 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 Pelican Rapids 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 Pelican Rapids: City of Pelican Rapids.

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


Total Population 2,484
Population in Households 2,426
Population in Familes 1,973
Population in Group Qrtrs 58
Population Density1 993
Diversity Index2 74


Total Households 911
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 585
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 990 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 574 (58.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 337 (34.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 79 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $88,648
Average Home Value $104,130


Median Household Income $35,830
Average Household Income $50,028
Per Capita Income $18,478
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.13% 0.14%
Households 0.12% 0.18%
Families 0.44% 0.1%
Median Household Income   -0.29%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
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.

Pelican Rapids, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pelican Rapids 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 # 231 75th
Population Density1 # 287 68th
Diversity Index2 # 3 100th
Median Household Income # 853 6th
Per Capita Income # 885 2nd

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