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Karlstad, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Karlstad had a population of 703 as of July 1, 2020. Karlstad ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Karlstad is located at latitude 48.5775 and longitude -96.5206 in Kittson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Karlstad encompass a land area of 1.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Kittson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,050 feet.

The City of Karlstad (GNIS ID: 2395493) 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 Karlstad: City of Karlstad.


Karlstad, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 703 (100%)
Population in Households 658 (93.6%)
Population in Families 502 (71.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 45 ( 6.4%)
Population Density 468
Diversity Index2 3


Median Household Income $44,428
Average Household Income $57,227
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $25,427
Wealth Index5 53


Total HU (Housing Units) 350 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 179 (51.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 127 (36.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 44 (12.6%)
Median Home Value $82,836
Average Home Value $96,250
Housing Affordability Index3 314


Total Households 306
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 175
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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.76% -0.75%
Households -0.76% -0.73%
Families -0.75% -0.93%
Median Household Income   0.91%
Per Capita Income   1.73%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.68%


Karlstad, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Karlstad to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 431 52nd
Population Density # 519 43rd
Median Household Income # 814 10th
Housing Affordability Index # 830 92nd
Per Capita Income # 767 15th
Diversity Index # 893 1st

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