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 (17.37%), sales jobs (11.50%), and management occupations (8.05%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Brainerd spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.34 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Brainerd is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.55% of adults 25 and older in Brainerd have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brainerd in 2010 was $18,948, 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 $75,792 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 French and Spanish.