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Pelican Rapids, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Pelican Rapids had a population of 2,525 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Pelican Rapids: City of Pelican Rapids.

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


Total Population 2,525
Population in Households 2,466
Population in Familes 1,992
Population in Group Qrtrs 59
Population Density2 1,009
Diversity Index3 77


Median Household Income $39,768
Average Household Income $52,370
Per Capita Income $19,147


Total Housing Units 998 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 614 (61.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 303 (30.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 81 ( 8.1%)
Median Home Value $95,616
Average Home Value $110,848


Total Households 917
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 586
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.3% 0.32%
Households 0.17% 0.28%
Families 0.36% 0.17%
Median Household Income   3.1%
Per Capita Income   2.91%

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, 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 # 231 75th
Population Density # 280 69th
Diversity Index # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 839 7th
Per Capita Income # 889 2nd

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