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Population Housing choices often vary by age. The highest percentage of Brainerd’s population is between the ages of 25 and 54 years of age. The housing choices by age group can be vastly different Typically, those between the ages of 20 and 24 are renters, those between 25 and 34 are first time homebuyers and those from 45 to 54 are looking for move-up housing. However, in Brainerd our residents are pretty equal by age category on owner-occupied or rental housing choices until the 55 to 64 age group.

Brainerd Population by Age

Owner-Occupied Housing in Brainerd


Another factor is income, often determining what people can afford to rent or purchase. According to the 2010 US Census, the average income in Brainerd is $35,207. This is low compared to the average Crow Wing County income ($45,173) and the statewide average income ($54,343). Income can also vary greatly by age group. Those between ages of 45-64 have the highest median income at $40,957.

Brainerd Comparison of Age to Housing Choice Rental Housing in Brainerd

Age of Housing

Brainerd is an older community, incorporated in 1873. The older housing stock provides charm, from the old historic homes in North Brainerd to the smaller homes in Northeast Brainerd that were built when the railroad, logging and the paper mill were going strong. But they may be in need of rehabilitation. Approximately 44 percent of Brainerd’s housing was built before 1950.

Brainerd Income by Age

Types and Costs of Housing

According to the 2010 US Census, approximately 48 percent of Brainerd’s

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