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Melrose, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Melrose had a population of 3,728 as of July 1, 2016. Melrose 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 Melrose is located at latitude 45.677 and longitude -94.8148 in Stearns County. The formal boundaries for the City of Melrose (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Stearns County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,214 feet.

The City of Melrose (GNIS ID: 2395088) 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 Melrose 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 Melrose: City of Melrose.

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


Total Population 3,728
Population in Households 3,677
Population in Familes 3,104
Population in Group Qrtrs 51
Population Density1 1,170
Diversity Index2 52


Total Households 1,347
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 937
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,456 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,024 (70.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 322 (22.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 109 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $135,537
Average Home Value $179,362


Median Household Income $49,841
Average Household Income $63,391
Per Capita Income $23,246
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.57% 0.69%
Households 0.46% 0.62%
Families 0.83% 0.55%
Median Household Income   -1.21%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
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.

Melrose, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Melrose 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 # 181 80th
Population Density1 # 210 77th
Diversity Index2 # 52 94th
Median Household Income # 565 38th
Per Capita Income # 770 15th

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