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Perham, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Perham had a population of 3,174 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Perham is located at latitude 46.5988 and longitude -95.5743 in Otter Tail County. The formal boundaries for the City of Perham (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Otter Tail County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,368 feet.

The City of Perham (GNIS ID: 2396181) 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 Perham 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 Perham: City of Perham.

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


Total Population 3,174
Population in Households 3,040
Population in Familes 2,234
Population in Group Qrtrs 134
Population Density1 978
Diversity Index2 22


Total Households 1,402
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 780
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,479 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 786 (53.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 616 (41.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 77 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $151,047
Average Home Value $172,964


Median Household Income $40,896
Average Household Income $55,689
Per Capita Income $24,911
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.97% 0.71%
Households 1.14% 0.83%
Families 1.22% 0.73%
Median Household Income   0.68%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
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.

Perham, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Perham 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 # 200 78th
Population Density1 # 294 68th
Diversity Index2 # 248 73rd
Median Household Income # 767 15th
Per Capita Income # 652 28th

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