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Pelican Rapids, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Pelican Rapids had a population of 2,530 as of July 1, 2017. Pelican Rapids ranks in the upper 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 Pelican Rapids is located at latitude 46.5703 and longitude -96.0859 in Otter Tail County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pelican Rapids (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Otter Tail County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,306 feet.

The City of Pelican Rapids (GNIS ID: 2396173) 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 Pelican Rapids 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 Pelican Rapids: City of Pelican Rapids.

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


Total Population 2,530
Daytime Population: Workers 1,900
Daytime Population: Residents 1,393
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,293
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.30
Population in Households 2,471
Population in Familes 2,010
Population in Group Qrtrs 59
Population Density2 1,011
Diversity Index3 76


Median Household Income $41,746
Average Household Income $51,766
Per Capita Income $18,979


Total Housing Units 1,000 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 572 (57.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 351 (35.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 78 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $90,773
Average Home Value $109,059


Total Households 922
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 592
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% 0.3%
Households 0.27% 0.26%
Families 0.55% 0.2%
Median Household Income   3.72%
Per Capita Income   3.06%

Pelican Rapids, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pelican Rapids 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 # 230 75th
Population Density # 276 70th
Diversity Index # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 787 13th
Per Capita Income # 886 2nd

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