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Perham, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Perham had a population of 3,335 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Perham is located at latitude 46.5988 and longitude -95.5743 in Otter Tail County. The formal boundaries for the City of Perham (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Otter Tail County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,368 feet.

The City of Perham (GNIS ID: 2396181) 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 Perham 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 Perham: City of Perham.

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


Total Population 3,335
Daytime Population: Workers 4,835
Daytime Population: Residents 1,597
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,432
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.93
Population in Households 3,202
Population in Familes 2,356
Population in Group Qrtrs 133
Population Density2 1,027
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $43,861
Average Household Income $59,315
Per Capita Income $26,258


Total Housing Units 1,544 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 814 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 648 (42.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 82 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $158,590
Average Home Value $184,920


Total Households 1,462
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 816
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 1.53% 1.02%
Households 1.57% 1.02%
Families 1.68% 0.94%
Median Household Income   3.67%
Per Capita Income   3.96%

Perham, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Perham 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 # 194 79th
Population Density # 271 70th
Diversity Index # 237 74th
Median Household Income # 746 18th
Per Capita Income # 619 32nd

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