Brainerd, MN

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2022 Population
14,412
2.55% 1-year growth
US Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Democratic (DFL) Party
US Senator
Tina Smith
Democratic (DFL) Party
2022 Median Age
36
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
19.4%
7.97% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$46,933
12.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$162,800
20.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
6,802
0.443% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Brainerd, MN had a population of 14.4k people with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $46,933. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Brainerd, MN grew from 14,053 to 14,412, a 2.55% increase and its median household income grew from $41,671 to $46,933, a 12.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Brainerd, MN are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.07%), White (Hispanic) (1.98%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (1.53%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.21%).

None of the households in Brainerd, MN reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.5% of the residents in Brainerd, MN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Brainerd, MN are Central Lakes College-Brainerd (173203) (856 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Brainerd, MN was $162,800, and the homeownership rate was 55.8%.

Most people in Brainerd, MN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Brainerd, MN was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Brainerd, MN is home to a population of 14.4k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.05% of Brainerd, MN residents were born outside of the country (151 people).

In 2022, there were 43.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (13k people) in Brainerd, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 299 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 286 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.5%
2022 Citizenship
99.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.5% of Brainerd, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Brainerd, MN was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Brainerd, MN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    13k ± 261
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    299 ± 134
  3. White (Hispanic)
    286 ± 115
3.23%
Hispanic Population
465 people

In 2022, there were 43.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (13k people) in Brainerd, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 299 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 286 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.23% of the people in Brainerd, MN are hispanic (465 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    53,321 ± 5,642 people
  2. Somalia
    38,263 ± 4,786 people
  3. India
    30,262 ± 4,259 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Minnesota was Mexico, the natal country of 53,321 Minnesota residents, followed by Somalia with 38,263 and India with 30,262.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.05%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
151 people
1.28%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
180 people

As of 2022, 1.05% of Brainerd, MN residents (151 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Brainerd, MN was 1.28%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    226 ± 103
  2. Vietnam
    170 ± 86
  3. Korea
    81 ± 60

Brainerd, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.33 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Brainerd, MN employs 6.8k people. The largest industries in Brainerd, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,340 people), Retail Trade (1,029 people), and Manufacturing (932 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($54,442), Wholesale Trade ($52,500), and Utilities ($46,830).

Males in Minnesota have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $68,089. The income inequality in Minnesota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.458, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

6.8k
2022 Value
± 608
0.443%
1 Year growth
± 12.3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Brainerd, MN grew at a rate of 0.443%, from 6.77k employees to 6.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Brainerd, MN, are Sales & Related Occupations (686 people), Production Occupations (676 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (639 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Brainerd, MN.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.8k
2022 Value
± 608
0.443%
1 Year growth
± 12.3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Brainerd, MN grew at a rate of 0.443%, from 6.77k employees to 6.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Brainerd, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,340 people), Retail Trade (1,029 people), and Manufacturing (932 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Brainerd, MN, though some of these residents may live in Brainerd, MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$40,252
Median earning men ± $2,997
$29,110
Median earning women ± $2,783

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($59,250), Public Administration ($54,850), and Construction ($45,246).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($53,083), Construction ($51,161), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,764).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.26%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.93M people employed in Minnesota. This represents a 2.26% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Minnesota.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Minnesota went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 52.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Minnesota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Minnesota

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Amy Klobuchar
Senator from Minnesota1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party (United States)|U.S. Democratic Party and its members are counted as Democrats.
Tina Smith
Senator from Minnesota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Al Franken.

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing Minnesota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Minnesota over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Minnesota

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Minnesota have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Brainerd, MN awarded 856 degrees. The student population of Brainerd, MN in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,919 male students and 2,714 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Brainerd, MN are White (762 and 89.1%), followed by Two or More Races (26 and 3.04%), Hispanic or Latino (22 and 2.57%), and Black or African American (21 and 2.46%).

The largest universities in Brainerd, MN by number of degrees awarded are Central Lakes College-Brainerd (173203) (856 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Brainerd, MN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (301 and 35.2%), Registered Nursing (79 and 9.23%), and Construction, Heavy, & Earth-Moving Equipment Operation (46 and 5.37%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 4,633 students enrolled in Brainerd, MN, 41.4% men and 58.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,865 records, of which 59% were women and 41% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 288 degrees awarded
  2. 79 degrees awarded
  3. 16 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Brainerd, MN was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 288 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Brainerd, MN according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
856 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Lakes College-Brainerd (173203) with 856 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 404 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Brainerd, MN, which is 0.894 times less than the 452 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 762 degrees mean that there were 29.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 26 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($5,424) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($716) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.877% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.991% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.07M), Bachelors Degree (1.04M), and Some college (962k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Brainerd, MN was $162,800 in 2022, which is 0.578 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $134,800 to $162,800, a 20.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Brainerd, MN is 55.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Brainerd, MN have an average commute time of 17.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Brainerd, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Brainerd, MN is $46,933. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Brainerd, MN was Census Tract 9514 with a value of $87,500, followed by Census Tract 9511 and Census Tract 9510, with respective values of $51,136 and $47,683.

Property

$162,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$11,774
$3,473
Median Property Taxes
±$397

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Rent vs Own

55.8%
Homeownership
2022
62.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 55.8% of the housing units in Brainerd, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 52.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9514
  2. Census Tract 9511
  3. Census Tract 9510

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Brainerd, MN was Census Tract 9514 with a value of $87,500, followed by Census Tract 9511 and Census Tract 9510, with respective values of $51,136 and $47,683.

The following map shows all of the places in Brainerd, MN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$46,933
Median Household Income
± $3,867
6.22k
Number of Households
± 577

In 2022, the median household income of the 6.22k households in Brainerd, MN grew to $46,933 from the previous year's value of $41,671.

The following chart displays the households in Brainerd, MN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Brainerd, MN is from Minnesota.
0.458
2022 Wage GINI in Minnesota
0.459
2021 Wage GINI in Minnesota

In 2022, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.458 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.267% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.73%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.5%)

In 2022, 79.7% of workers in Brainerd, MN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.73%) and those who worked at home (4.5%).

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Commute Time

17.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Brainerd, MN have a shorter commute time (17.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.78% of the workforce in Brainerd, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Brainerd, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Brainerd, MN have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Brainerd, MN (2.69k out of 13.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Brainerd, MN is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.1% of the population of Brainerd, MN has health coverage, with 29.6% on employee plans, 35.3% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 1.94% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Crow Wing County, MN see 943 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.73% increase from the previous year (927 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1239 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 308 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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943 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Crow Wing County, MN

Primary care physicians in Crow Wing County, MN see an average of 943 patients per year. This represents a 1.73% increase from the previous year (927 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Crow Wing County, MN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.2% under 18 years, 26.1% between 18 and 34 years, 35.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.5% were men and 54.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.94%
Uninsured
29.6%
Employer Coverage
35.3%
Medicaid
11.8%
Medicare
14.4%
Non-Group
1.94%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Brainerd, MN declined by 2.55% from 7.13% to 6.94%.

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