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Brainerd, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Brainerd had a population of 14,015 as of July 1, 2018. 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 46.3553 and longitude -94.1984 in Crow Wing County. The formal boundaries for the City of Brainerd (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Brainerd population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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

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Brainerd, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 14,015
Population in Households 13,492
Population in Familes 9,355
Population in Group Qrtrs 523
Population Density2 1,177
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $36,888
Average Household Income $52,548
Per Capita Income $22,508


Total Housing Units 6,608 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,320 (50.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,700 (40.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 588 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $135,411
Average Home Value $162,387


Total Households 6,020
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 3,245
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 0.37% 0.44%
Households 0.35% 0.44%
Families 0.68% 0.3%
Median Household Income   1.23%
Per Capita Income   2.29%

Brainerd, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brainerd to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 212 77th
Diversity Index # 291 68th
Median Household Income # 866 4th
Per Capita Income # 834 8th

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