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Brainerd, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Brainerd had a population of 14,117 as of July 1, 2019. Brainerd ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Brainerd is located at latitude 46.358 and longitude -94.2008 in Crow Wing County. The formal boundaries for the City of Brainerd encompass a land area of 11.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0.72 sq. miles. Crow Wing County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,217 feet.

The City of Brainerd (GNIS ID: 2394238) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Brainerd: City of Brainerd, Oski-odena.

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Brainerd, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Brainerd, MN Housing Affordability Index is 147
State of Minnesota Housing Affordability Index is 135
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Brainerd, MN Wealth Index is 44
State of Minnesota Wealth Index is 112
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 14,117 (100%)
Population in Households 13,606 (96.4%)
Population in Families 9,486 (67.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 511 ( 3.6%)
Population Density 1,161
Diversity Index2 20
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $37,497
Average Household Income $53,133
Per Capita Income $22,484
Wealth Index4 44

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 6,586 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,305 (50.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,762 (41.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 518 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $129,933
Housing Affordability Index3 147
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 6,068
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 3,276
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.44% 0.46%
Households 0.43% 0.45%
Families 0.74% 0.33%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   2.2%

Brainerd, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brainerd to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 78 91st
Population Density # 220 76th
Diversity Index # 303 66th
Median Household Income # 884 2nd
Per Capita Income # 847 6th

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