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A+ Brainerd Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Brainerd Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than Minnesota
919% less expensive than the US average
1022% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Brainerd cost of living
F Brainerd Crime Total crime is 93% higher than Minnesota
Total crime
4,68970% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2270% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Brainerd crime
D Brainerd Employment Household income is 49% lower than Minnesota
Median household income
$32,15442% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,07233% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%35% lower than the US average
Brainerd employment
C+ Brainerd Housing Home value is 44% lower than Minnesota
Median home value
$106,40042% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$68328% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Brainerd real estate or Brainerd rentals
C Brainerd Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Minnesota
High school grad. rates
86%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
50%2% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:16% lower than the US average
Brainerd K-12 schools or Brainerd colleges

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Cold Northern Living

Living in Brainerd is nice. Life here moves along at a snails pace, and that's just how I like it. We like to have good, clean, fun here. We value community and family above all else. Every year we hold drag races that are well known throughout the state. Tons of people from neighboring cities pour in to watch us small town folks get down and have fun. But don't think we're completely in the boonies, with no good to show for it. We have a great flight center for medical helicopters, one of five in the state.

The best areas in Brainerd to visit, apart from the race track, have got to be all the areas of the city that showcase nature and all her beauty. For that, the Paul Bunyan State Trail can't be beat with it's breathtaking sights. Another place you might want to check out is the Northland Arboretum, an amazing nature reserve that shows off the bountiful resources of our state.
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Source: The Brainerd, MN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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