Brainerd, Minnesota Population 2021

13,416
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Brainerd is a city located in Crow Wing County Minnesota. It is also the county seat of Crow Wing County. With a 2020 population of 13,416, it is the 84th largest city in Minnesota and the 2499th largest city in the United States . Brainerd is currently declining at a rate of -0.07% annually and its population has decreased by -1.28% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 13,590 in 2010. Brainerd reached it's highest population of 13,588 in 2010. Spanning over 13 miles, Brainerd has a population density of 1,103 people per square mile.

The average household income in Brainerd is $50,723 with a poverty rate of 22.19%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $733 per month, and the median house value is $117,900. The median age in Brainerd is 35 years, 34 years for males, and 36 years for females.

Brainerd Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Brainerd was:

  • White: 92.04%
  • Black or African American: 2.74%
  • Two or more races: 2.35%
  • Native American: 1.94%
  • Asian: 0.66%
  • Other race: 0.27%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Brainerd, Minnesota is 13,416 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 13,443.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 13,590.

Brainerd, Minnesota Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202195,8925290.55%
202095,3635290.55%
201994,8345290.56%
201894,3057030.75%
201793,6028430.90%
201692,7598320.90%
201591,9272670.29%
201491,6601770.19%
201391,4832640.29%
201291,2191580.17%
201191,061-200-0.22%
201091,2610.00%

Brainerd Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White12,30992.04%
Black or African American3662.74%
Two or More Races3142.35%
American Indian and Alaska Native2601.94%
Asian880.66%
Some Other Race360.27%
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Brainerd Population by Race

Brainerd Population Pyramid $2021

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Brainerd Median Age

35


Total

34


Male

36


Female

Brainerd Adults

There are 10,261 adults, (2,167 of whom are seniors) in Brainerd.

Brainerd Age Dependency

65.2

Age Dependency Ratio

26.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Brainerd Sex Ratio

Female

7,272

54.38%

Male

6,101

45.62%

Brainerd Population by Age

Brainerd Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Brainerd Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.2%20.8%
Male58.6%41.4%
All50.2%49.8%
Non Family40.5%59.5%
Female28.2%71.8%

50.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Brainerd Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,0182.150.2
Non Family3,0771.2340.5
Married1,6342.9179.2
Female9403.1128.2
Male3673.2558.6

2.83

Average Family Size

2.1

Average Household Size

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Brainerd Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1331.50%
9th to 12th Grade6166.93%
High School Graduate2,99533.72%
Some College2,58029.04%
Associates Degree1,19513.45%
Bachelors Degree89110.03%
Graduate Degree4735.32%
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Brainerd Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Brainerd Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White8,2707,6111,285
Black25221229
Native American1099439
Asian8883
2+ Races855511
Hispanic6868
Other Race3636

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 35.78%.

Brainerd Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,021$34,094$25,226
Less Than 9th Grade$24,858$$24,375
High School Graduate$25,218$30,550$18,576
Some College$29,176$35,364$25,052
Bachelors Degree$43,808$58,790$42,538
Graduate Degree$57,361$68,750$46,042

$30,021

Average Earnings

$34,094

Average Male

$25,226

Average Female

Brainerd Earnings by Educational Attainment

Brainerd Language by Age

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Brainerd Language

97.14% of Brainerd residents speak only English, while 2.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 1.29% of the population.

Brainerd Language

Brainerd Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,6242,43220.92%
Black33516448.96%
Multiple28212243.26%
Native2286729.39%
Hispanic1853820.54%
Asian8311.20%

22.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.40%

Male Poverty Rate

27.02%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Brainerd

The race most likely to be in poverty in Brainerd is Black, with 48.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Brainerd is Asian, with 1.20% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.51%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.20%.

Brainerd Poverty

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Name Poverty
High School22.48%
Some College20.38%
Less Than 9th Grade19.10%
Bachelors or Greater3.02%

Brainerd Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed61.54%
Female Unemployed43.00%
Female Employed18.06%
Male Employed5.96%

Brainerd Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Brainerd Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$34,371$50,723
Families$40,433$64,836
Married Families$59,479-
Non Families$26,708$33,659
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Income by Household Type

Brainerd Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

32.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.2%

Male Marriage Rate

30.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Brainerd Married by Age and Sex

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Brainerd Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Brainerd Marital Status by Race

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Brainerd Marital Status

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876

Number of Veterans

789

Male Veterans

87

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam202
Second Gulf War157
First Gulf War145
Korea108
World War II62

Brainerd Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+246
35 to 54207
55 to 64184
65 to 74127
18 to 34112

Brainerd Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White8228.60%
Black268.61%
Other Race1438.89%
Native American1410.00%

Brainerd Veterans by Race

Brainerd Veterans by Education

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15.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Brainerd Veterans by Education

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63.4%

Labor Force Participation

61.3%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Brainerd Employment by Age

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Brainerd Employment by Race

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Brainerd Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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78.44%

Born in Brainerd

98.12%

Native Born

1.88%

Foreign Born

0.87%

Non Citizen

1.01%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.12% of Brainerd residents were born in the United States, with 78.44% having been born in Minnesota. 0.87% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Brainerd Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202113,416-9-0.07%
202013,425-9-0.07%
201913,434-9-0.07%
201813,443580.43%
201713,385890.67%
201613,296-30-0.23%
201513,326-68-0.51%
201413,394-55-0.41%
201313,449-52-0.39%
201213,501-37-0.27%
201113,538-50-0.37%
201013,5884100.31%
200013,1788250.65%
199012,3538640.73%
198011,489-178-0.15%
197011,667-1,231-1.00%
196012,8982610.20%
195012,6375660.46%
194012,0711,8501.68%
193010,2216300.64%
19209,5911,0651.18%
19108,5261,0021.26%
19007,5241,8212.81%
18905,7030.00%

Brainerd Population by Year