Brainerd, MN

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Population

92,315

0.393% growth

Median Age

45.4


Median Household Income

$52,126

4.34% growth

Poverty Rate

11.4%


Number of Employees

42,388

1.09% growth

Median Property Value

$185,400

3.34% growth

About

In 2017, Brainerd, MN had a population of 92.3k people with a median age of 45.4 and a median household income of $52,126. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Brainerd, MN grew from 91,954 to 92,315, a 0.393% increase and its median household income grew from $49,957 to $52,126, a 4.34% increase.

The population of Brainerd, MN is 91.4% White Alone, 4.08% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 1.81% Two or More Races. 2.49% of the people in Brainerd, MN speak a non-English language, and 99.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Brainerd, MN are Central Lakes College-Brainerd (939 degrees awarded in 2016) and Leech Lake Tribal College (45 degrees).

The median property value in Brainerd, MN is $185,400, and the homeownership rate is 77.4%. Most people in Brainerd, MN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Brainerd, MN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Brainerd, MN employs 42.4k people. The largest industries in Brainerd, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,032 people), Retail Trade (5,589 people), and Manufacturing (4,162 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($86,538), Utilities ($67,500), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,372).

Median household income in Brainerd, MN is $52,126. Males in Brainerd, MN have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,870. The income inequality in Brainerd, MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,126

2017 value

± $952

4.34%

1 Year Growth

± 2.87%

Households in Brainerd, MN have a median annual income of $52,126, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,957 in 2016, which represents a 4.34% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,210

Average Male Salary

± $1,573

$52,870

Average Female Salary

± $1,202

In 2017, full-time male employees in Brainerd, MN made 1.31 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $53,440 ± $951

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $51,343 ± $59,950

  3. Asian

    $50,326 ± $4,235

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Brainerd, MN workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Brainerd, MN is from Minnesota.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.466

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.29% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Brainerd, MN was Carver County, MN with a value of $101,271, followed by Scott County, MN and Washington County, MN, with respective values of $98,538 and $91,866.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Brainerd, MN (10.4k out of 91k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    8,082 ± 407

  2. Native American

    1,479 ± 112

  3. Two Or More

    602 ± 114

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Brainerd, MN is White, followed by Native American 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

42.4k

2017 Value

± 971

1.09%

1 Year growth

± 3.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Brainerd, MN grew at a rate of 1.09%, from 41.9k employees to 42.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Brainerd, MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,595 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,637 people), and Management Occupations (4,160 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Brainerd, MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Brainerd, MN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,595 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,637 people), and Management Occupations (4,160 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Brainerd, MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.37 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.34 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Brainerd, MN, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($65,446), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,893), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,625).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

42.4k

2017 Value

± 971

1.09%

1 Year growth

± 3.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Brainerd, MN grew at a rate of 1.09%, from 41.9k employees to 42.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Brainerd, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,032 people), Retail Trade (5,589 people), and Manufacturing (4,162 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Brainerd, MN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,032 people), Retail Trade (5,589 people), and Manufacturing (4,162 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Brainerd, MN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.52 times higher than expected), Construction (1.48 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Brainerd, MN, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($86,538), Utilities ($67,500), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,372).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $23.9B

  2. $22.1B

  3. $19.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota product (by dollars) was Electronics with $23.9B, followed by Cereal grains with $22.1B and Nonmetal min. prods. and $19.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Minnesota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$316B

2015 Value

$484B

Projected 2045 Value

53.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Minnesota trade was $316B. This is expected to increase 53.4% to $484B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Minnesota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.5B

  2. $24.3B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wisconsin with $25.5B, followed by Iowa with $24.3B and Illinois and $13.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Minnesota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.7% of the population of Brainerd, MN has health coverage, with 40.5% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 16.1% on Medicare, 16.7% on non-group plans, and 2.33% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Brainerd, MN was $8,871 in 2014. This is a 4.8% increase from the previous year ($8,465).

Primary care physicians in Brainerd, MN see 1111 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.634% increase from the previous year (1104 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1441 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 468 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.5%). Additionally, Pine County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1111 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Minnesota see an average of 1111 patients per year. This represents a 0.634% increase from the previous year (1104 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,871

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,603

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,176

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,917

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Minnesota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.8%, from $8,465 to $8,871.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.29%

Uninsured

40.5%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

16.1%

Medicare

16.7%

Non-Group

2.33%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Brainerd, MN declined by 12.6% from 7.19% to 6.29%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Brainerd, MN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.5% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota, at 12.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Brainerd, MN is home to a population of 92.3k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.36% of Brainerd, MN residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Brainerd, MN is composed of 84.4k White Alone residents (91.4%), 3.77k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (4.08%), 1.67k Two or More Races residents (1.81%), 1.49k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.61%), 513 Black or African American Alone residents (0.556%), 459 Asian Alone residents (0.497%), 14 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0152%), and 13 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0141%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Brainerd, MN are Spanish or Spanish Creole (565 speakers), Other Native North American Languages (456 speakers), and German (309 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Brainerd, MN was 45.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Brainerd, MN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Brainerd, MN residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.36%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.36%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.36% of Brainerd, MN residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Brainerd, MN was 1.36%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    65,949 ± 6,267 people

  2. Somalia

    30,092 ± 4,247 people

  3. India

    29,695 ± 4,219 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Brainerd, MN was Mexico, the natal country of 65,949 Brainerd, MN residents, followed by Somalia with 30,092 and India with 29,695.

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Citizenship

99.5%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.5% of Brainerd, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Brainerd, MN was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    84.4k ± 24

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    3.77k ± 162

  3. Two or More Races

    1.67k ± 201

In 2017, there were 22.4 times more White Alone residents (84.4k people) in Brainerd, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.77k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 1.67k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Brainerd, MN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    565 speakers (0.655%)

  2. Other Native North American Languages

    456 speakers (0.529%)

  3. German

    309 speakers (0.358%)

2.49% of Brainerd, MN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Brainerd, MN was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.655% of the overall population of Brainerd, MN are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.529% speak Other Native North American Languages and 0.358% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,481 ± 204

  2. Korea

    927 ± 115

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    793 ± 119

Brainerd, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Brainerd, MN awarded 984 degrees. The student population of Brainerd, MN is skewed towards women, with 1,802 male students and 2,372 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Brainerd, MN are White (793 and 80.6%), followed by Unknown (61 and 6.2%), American Indian or Alaska Native (50 and 5.08%), and Black or African American (27 and 2.74%).

The largest universities in Brainerd, MN by number of degrees awarded are Central Lakes College-Brainerd (939 and 95.4%) and Leech Lake Tribal College (45 and 4.57%).

The most popular majors in Brainerd, MN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (297 and 30.2%), Manufacturing Engineering Technology (123 and 12.5%), and Registered Nursing (76 and 7.72%).

The median tuition costs in Brainerd, MN are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 297 degrees awarded

  2. 76 degrees awarded

  3. 27 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Brainerd, MN was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 297 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 939 degrees awarded

  2. 45 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Brainerd, MN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Lakes College-Brainerd with 939 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

430

Degrees Awarded to Men

554

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 430 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Brainerd, MN, which is 0.776 times less than the 554 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    793 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    61 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    50 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Brainerd, MN were to White students. These 793 degrees mean that there were 13 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 61 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Brainerd, MN was $185,400 in 2017, which is 0.852 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $179,400 to $185,400, a 3.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Brainerd, MN is 77.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Brainerd, MN have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Brainerd, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,126

Median Household Income

± $952

39.3k

Number of Households

± 878

In 2017, the median household income of the 39.3k households in Brainerd, MN grew to $52,126 from the previous year's value of $49,957.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$185,400

2017 Median

± $3,738

$179,400

2016 Median

± $4,265

In 2017, the median property value in Brainerd, MN grew to to $185,400 from the previous year's value of $179,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Brainerd, MN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Brainerd, MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Brainerd, MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Brainerd, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

77.4%

2017 Homeownership

77%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.4% of the housing units in Brainerd, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Brainerd, MN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Brainerd, MN have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.04% of the workforce in Brainerd, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.3%

  2. Carpooled

    8.63%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.02%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Brainerd, MN was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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