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Albert Lea, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Albert Lea had a population of 17,836 as of July 1, 2021. Albert Lea 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 Albert Lea is located at latitude 43.648 and longitude -93.3683 in Freeborn County. The formal boundaries for the City of Albert Lea encompass a land area of 13.1 sq. miles and a water area of 1.83 sq. miles. Freeborn County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,247 feet.

The City of Albert Lea 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 Albert Lea: City of Albert Lea.

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Albert Lea, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 17,836 (100%)
Population in Households 17,324 (97.1%)
Population in Families 13,055 (73.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 512 ( 2.9%)
Population Density 1,344
Diversity Index2 46


Median Household Income $50,000
Average Household Income $61,596
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $26,581
Wealth Index5 58


Total HU (Housing Units) 8,468 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,283 (62.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,400 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 786 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $117,308
Average Home Value $154,736
Housing Affordability Index3 229


Total Households 7,682
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 4,547
Average Family Size 3
  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 races 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 % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. 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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.1% -0.1%
Households -0.09% -0.1%
Families -0.2% -0.21%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
Owner Occupied HU   0.28%

Albert Lea, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Albert Lea to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 66 93rd
Population Density # 170 81st
Median Household Income # 798 12th
Housing Affordability Index # 716 79th
Per Capita Income # 760 16th
Diversity Index # 87 90th

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