Wadena, Minnesota Population 2024

4,369

Wadena is a city located in Otter Tail County, Todd County, and Wadena County Minnesota. Wadena has a 2024 population of 4,369. It is also the county seat of Wadena County. Wadena is currently growing at a rate of 0.21% annually and its population has increased by 0.78% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,335 in 2020.

The average household income in Wadena is $54,588 with a poverty rate of 16.5%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Wadena is 37.4 years, 38.8 years for males, and 34.5 years for females.

Wadena Demographics

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

  • White: 93.25%
  • Two or more races: 6.12%
  • Native American: 0.37%
  • Other race: 0.18%
  • Black or African American: 0.07%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
5.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
789.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.78% (34)
The current population of Wadena, Minnesota is 4,369 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 4,335.

Wadena, Minnesota Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White4,03693.25%
Two or more races2656.12%
Native American160.37%
Other race80.18%
Black or African American30.07%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Two or more races

Native American

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Wadena Population by Race

Wadena Population Pyramid 2024

Wadena Median Age

37.4

Total

38.8

Male

34.5

Female

Wadena Adults

There are 3,235 adults, (860 of whom are seniors) in Wadena.

Wadena Age Dependency

82.2

Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46

Child Dependency Ratio

Wadena Sex Ratio

Female2,25852.17%
Male2,07047.83%

Wadena Population by Age

Wadena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,9482.1451.448.6
Non Family8261.2620.279.8
Married7443.0285.314.7
Female2052.3313.286.8
Male1732.321000

2.78

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

51.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Wadena Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade913.23%
9th to 12th Grade1204.27%
High School Graduate93833.35%
Some College63722.64%
Associates Degree54019.2%
Bachelors Degree39714.11%
Graduate Degree903.2%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Wadena Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wadena Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White2,6232,412467
2+ Races16316320
Hispanic52520
Native American16160
Other Race880
Black330

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 17.8%.

Wadena Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$28,491$34,734$24,343
Less Than 9th Grade$21,136$5,750$21,402
High School Graduate$27,794$33,221$26,691
Some College$31,136$45,807$23,750
Bachelors Degree$0$0$0
Graduate Degree$0$0$0

$28,491

Average Earnings

$34,734

Average Male

$24,343

Average Female

Wadena Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wadena Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Wadena Language

95.03% of Wadena residents speak only English, while 4.97% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 3.65% of the population.

Wadena Language

Wadena Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White3,92569417.68%

16.5%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.03%

Male Poverty Rate

15.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wadena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wadena is White, with 17.68% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wadena is White, with 17.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.51%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.6%.

Wadena Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
High School22.35%
Some College17.96%
Less Than 9th Grade9.18%
Bachelors or Greater4.93%

Wadena Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed100%
Male Unemployed50.66%
Male Employed9.9%
Female Employed7.51%

Wadena Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wadena Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$44,450$54,588
Families$60,278$70,974
Married Families$80,833$-999,999,999
Non Families$23,221$32,330

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Wadena Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.4%

Male Marriage Rate

41.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Wadena Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Wadena 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 35-44.

Wadena Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Wadena Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

217

Number of Veterans

208

Male Veterans

9

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam96
First Gulf War38
Second Gulf War0
Korea0
World War II0

Wadena Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7491
35 to 5454
75+49
55 to 6423
18 to 340

Wadena Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1846.28%
2+ Races2610.7%
Native American743.75%

Wadena Veterans by Race

Wadena Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.98%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wadena Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

65.2%

Labor Force Participation

57.3%

Employment Rate

10.7%

Unemployment Rate

Wadena Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Wadena Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Wadena Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

72.87%

Born in Wadena

95.98%

Native Born

4.02%

Foreign Born

3.19%

Non Citizen

0.83%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.98% of Wadena residents were born in the United States, with 72.87% having been born in Minnesota. 3.19% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Africa.

Wadena Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20294,41180.18%
20284,40390.2%
20274,39480.18%
20264,38690.21%
20254,37780.18%
20244,36990.21%
20234,36080.18%
20224,352130.3%
20214,33940.09%
20204,3352395.83%
20194,096170.42%
20184,079160.39%
20174,063110.27%
20164,052-41-1%
20154,093581.44%
20144,035-30-0.74%
20134,065330.82%
20124,032-15-0.37%
20114,047-25-0.61%
20104,072-222-5.17%
20004,2941633.95%
19904,131-568-12.09%
19804,699591.27%
19704,6402595.91%
19604,38142310.69%
19503,9581,04235.73%
19402,91640416.08%
19302,51200%
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Wadena Population by Year