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The City of Backus had a population of 259 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Backus is located at latitude 46.8208 and longitude -94.5147 in Cass County. The formal boundaries for the City of Backus (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cass County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,342 feet.

The City of Backus (GNIS ID: 2394048) 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 Backus population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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


Total Population 259
Daytime Population: Workers 48
Daytime Population: Residents 128
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 176
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.68
Population in Households 259
Population in Familes 194
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 424
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $42,886
Average Household Income $54,524
Per Capita Income $24,541


Total Housing Units 191 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 94 (49.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 23 (12.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 74 (38.7%)
Median Home Value $175,000
Average Home Value $201,344


Total Households 117
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 73
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 0.49% 0.53%
Households 0.6% 0.51%
Families 2.28% 0.54%
Median Household Income   4.75%
Per Capita Income   3.62%

Backus, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Backus 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 # 640 29th
Population Density # 539 41st
Diversity Index # 602 33rd
Median Household Income # 773 15th
Per Capita Income # 741 18th

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