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The City of Moorhead had a population of 42,326 as of July 1, 2017. Moorhead 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 Moorhead is located at latitude 46.8587 and longitude -96.7425 in Clay County. The formal boundaries for the City of Moorhead (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Clay County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 902 feet.

The City of Moorhead (GNIS ID: 2395392) 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 Moorhead 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 Moorhead: City of Moorhead.

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


Total Population 42,326
Daytime Population: Workers 18,096
Daytime Population: Residents 19,668
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 37,764
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 38,905
Population in Familes 28,248
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,421
Population Density2 2,138
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $51,918
Average Household Income $67,865
Per Capita Income $26,469


Total Housing Units 17,150 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,782 (57.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,184 (36.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,185 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $154,947
Average Home Value $179,184


Total Households 15,965
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 9,453
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 1.47% 1.42%
Households 1.53% 1.46%
Families 1.69% 1.41%
Median Household Income   1.15%
Per Capita Income   2.34%

Moorhead, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Moorhead 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 # 21 98th
Population Density # 62 93rd
Diversity Index # 181 80th
Median Household Income # 551 39th
Per Capita Income # 601 34th

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