• Boone Caughey

Local Census Results

Today I stumbled across the 2020 Census Bureau estimates which are now available online. It's super boring in general but I think some of the local results were interesting.


https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/research/evaluation-estimates/2020-evaluation-estimates/2010s-cities-and-towns-total.html


That link takes you to a state-by-state database but if you're wondering about Lakes Country, let me save you some time with a summary of 2010-2020 population for most cities and counties in the area. This data is not formatted for mobile so if you're reading this on a phone, stop here because it's about to get ugly!


2010 Pop. 2020 Pop. Change # Change %

Perham 3,009 3,638 +629 +20.9

Detroit Lakes 8,723 9,255 +532 +6.1

Fergus Falls 13,433 13,758 +325 +2.4

Frazee 1,352 1,381 +29 +2.1

Park Rapids 3,853 4,335 +482 +12.5

Alexandria 12,502 13,885 +1,383 +11.1

Wadena 4,072 4,121 +49 +1.2

New York Mills 1,196 1,220 +24 +2.0

Pelican Rapids 2,461 2,634 +173 +7.0

Ottertail 579 660 +81 +14.0

Battle Lake 874 929 +55 +6.3

Audubon 519 517 -2 -0.3

Vergas 331 354 +23 +6.9

Walker 945 928 -17 -1.8

Nisswa 1,968 2,115 +147 +7.5

Brainerd 13,585 13,449 -136 -1.0

Bemidji 14,289 15,452 +1,163 +8.1


Otter Tail County 57,291 58,741 +1,450 +2.5

Becker Co 32,554 34,456 +1,902 +5.8

Hubbard Co 20,427 21,783 +1,356 +6.6

Wadena Co 13,816 13,807 -9 -0.0%

Todd Co 24,894 24,732 -162 -0.1%

Douglas Co 35,990 38,328 2,338 +6.5%


My key takeaway is that Perham, Park Rapids, and Alexandria are the only cities to post growth over 10%. Why? In my opinion, it's their combination of tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, nice schools, and good healthcare. That seems like a good recipe for growth. I think manufacturing is especially important because it requires large numbers of people. What stands out for you?