Brainerd, MN
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Brainerd is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 13,371 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Brainerd is the 73rd largest community in Minnesota.

Brainerd is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Brainerd is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Brainerd who work in office and administrative support (17.16%), sales jobs (11.58%), and management occupations (7.23%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.56 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Brainerd who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.21% of the adults in Brainerd have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brainerd in 2010 was $19,303, which is low income relative to Minnesota, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,212 for a family of four.

The people who call Brainerd home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brainerd residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Brainerd include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Brainerd is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.