These Are The 10 Poorest Places In Minnesota


We analyzed 146 places in Minnesota to determine which ones are at the bottom of the income ladder.

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Minnesota has beautiful landscapes, a tradition of excellent colleges, and some of the best people you’ll find west of the Mississippi.

However, like all states, Minnesota has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living much lower down the income ladder.

After analyzing Census data from the American Community Survey for the 146 places in Minnesota with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten poorest places in the Gopher State

  1. International Falls
  2. Albert Lea
  3. Brainerd
  4. Virginia
  5. Bemidji
  6. Little Falls
  7. Hibbing
  8. Austin
  9. Montevideo
  10. Waite Park

These are the cities with the poorest residents who have the smallest homes in the state of Minnesota.

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How We Determined the Poorest Residents In Minnesota

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the poorest places is simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of certain size.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “poorest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2013 American Community Survey:

  • Median household incomes
  • Median home prices

The “median household income adjusted for the cost of living” attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they’d still feel poor.

After we collected the data, we ranked each place from 1 to 146 for each of the criteria with 1 being the most poor.

We then average all the rankings for a place into a “poor score” with the place having the lowest overall poor score, International Falls, being named the “Poorest Place In Minnesota”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 146 places.

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1. International Falls

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Population: 6,500
Median household income: $31,600
Median home price: $81,800

2. Albert Lea

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Population: 18,023
Median household income: $36,394
Median home price: $92,400

3. Brainerd

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Population: 13,904
Median household income: $29,255
Median home price: $117,100

4. Virginia

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Population: 8,718
Median household income: $36,393
Median home price: $92,800

5. Bemidji

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Population: 13,943
Median household income: $33,904
Median home price: $120,600

6. Little Falls

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Population: 8,403
Median household income: $35,393
Median home price: $120,033

7. Hibbing

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Population: 16,453
Median household income: $37,405
Median home price: $91,200

8. Austin

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Population: 24,394
Median household income: $39,155
Median home price: $87,039

9. Montevideo

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Population: 5,340
Median household income: $40,748
Median home price: $87,800

10. Waite Park

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Population: 6,733
Median household income: $40,849
Median home price: $87,840

Wrapping Up The Poorest Places In Kentucky

If you’re looking at the data and science behind the numbers, measuring cities with residents who earn the smallest incomes, and live in homes that are far below the state average, this is an accurate list.

Below is a detailed chart of the poorest to richest cities in Minnesota

City Population Income Home Prices Rank
International Falls 6,402 $31,601 $81,800 1
Albert Lea 17,969 $36,276 $92,400 2
Brainerd 13,609 $29,255 $117,100 3
Virginia 8,718 $36,397 $92,800 4
Bemidji 13,485 $33,447 $120,600 5
Little Falls 8,344 $35,414 $120,200 6
Hibbing 16,345 $37,500 $91,200 7
Austin 24,632 $39,155 $91,900 8
Montevideo 5,330 $40,710 $87,700 9
Waite Park 6,702 $39,489 $132,700 10
Winona 27,727 $37,519 $138,800 11
Fergus Falls 13,220 $41,080 $114,900 12
Redwood Falls 5,227 $40,077 $92,500 13
Fairmont 10,579 $41,725 $109,900 14
Thief River Falls 8,584 $41,520 $89,500 15
Willmar 19,541 $40,417 $132,800 16
St. Cloud 65,787 $41,536 $126,900 17
Grand Rapids 10,865 $41,157 $141,500 18
New Ulm 13,435 $43,245 $123,000 19
Crookston 7,866 $42,982 $94,000 20
Duluth 86,239 $41,311 $145,300 21
Worthington 12,701 $44,953 $111,400 22
Morris 5,284 $45,243 $130,600 23
Marshall 13,551 $42,266 $149,800 24
Waseca 9,341 $46,423 $125,700 25
Cloquet 12,097 $45,919 $139,600 26
Alexandria 11,260 $36,211 $158,800 27
Cambridge 8,088 $47,855 $136,000 28
Mankato 39,246 $40,869 $156,700 29
Litchfield 6,719 $47,011 $135,900 30
Brooklyn Center 30,144 $48,010 $141,500 31
Stewartville 5,930 $45,976 $152,600 32
Detroit Lakes 8,615 $39,846 $164,200 33
Glencoe 5,633 $48,713 $143,300 34
Columbia Heights 19,549 $50,041 $143,200 35
St. Paul 286,171 $46,305 $156,800 36
Hutchinson 14,111 $49,981 $146,400 37
Lake City 5,173 $47,145 $156,500 38
Moorhead 38,091 $47,074 $152,300 39
West St. Paul 19,631 $45,315 $164,000 40
Red Wing 16,444 $51,290 $143,500 41
Faribault 23,297 $51,559 $143,500 42
Anoka 17,250 $51,057 $156,400 43
East Grand Forks 8,502 $52,615 $152,300 44
Robbinsdale 14,048 $54,731 $151,700 45
South St. Paul 20,299 $55,550 $152,200 46
Isanti 5,228 $57,188 $142,100 47
Hopkins 17,661 $47,065 $187,000 48
Owatonna 25,489 $56,494 $150,400 49
Sauk Rapids 12,784 $53,972 $153,800 50
St. Peter 11,247 $50,279 $159,100 51
Minneapolis 385,023 $48,881 $190,900 52
Little Canada 9,819 $47,777 $201,600 53
Fridley 27,404 $52,486 $162,100 54
North St. Paul 11,501 $52,073 $164,400 55
North Branch 10,057 $60,378 $143,200 56
Spring Lake Park 6,445 $56,450 $158,700 57
New Hope 20,436 $51,593 $189,500 58
Zimmerman 5,168 $65,575 $132,500 59
Richfield 35,347 $52,447 $186,200 60
New Prague 7,273 $58,438 $159,800 61
Crystal 22,242 $60,259 $158,900 62
St. Joseph 6,503 $57,548 $160,800 63
St. Paul Park 5,312 $60,436 $159,800 64
Mounds View 12,229 $58,067 $170,200 65
Buffalo 15,379 $61,721 $157,700 66
North Mankato 13,320 $60,836 $154,600 67
Maplewood 38,186 $57,822 $176,100 68
Baxter 7,596 $58,171 $174,900 69
White Bear Lake 23,797 $58,161 $184,200 70
Kasson 5,907 $67,024 $152,400 71
Brooklyn Park 75,843 $60,170 $170,500 72
Northfield 19,900 $58,594 $180,800 73
Hastings 22,072 $62,922 $169,300 74
Coon Rapids 61,739 $63,628 $162,700 75
Big Lake 10,029 $66,340 $158,900 76
Big Lake 10,029 $66,340 $158,900 77
Monticello 12,711 $69,156 $153,000 78
Rochester 106,903 $63,490 $160,500 79
Roseville 33,833 $59,416 $213,300 80
Bloomington 83,658 $59,969 $206,700 81
New Brighton 21,549 $60,083 $213,200 82
St. Francis 7,159 $70,299 $156,100 83
Belle Plaine 6,625 $68,089 $167,900 84
Inver Grove Heights 33,867 $65,311 $193,500 85
Sartell 15,545 $66,473 $169,900 86
St. Anthony 8,252 $59,885 $238,100 87
Burnsville 60,676 $64,561 $211,400 88
Oakdale 27,508 $66,785 $197,600 89
Elk River 23,011 $71,595 $176,500 90
St. Louis Park 45,403 $64,300 $224,700 91
Falcon Heights 5,352 $63,313 $257,700 92
Forest Lake 18,390 $67,133 $205,800 93
Hermantown 9,418 $66,866 $218,200 94
Otsego 13,506 $72,867 $179,700 95
Blaine 57,384 $72,925 $180,900 96
Mound 9,108 $72,929 $199,500 97
Jordan 5,560 $73,162 $202,500 98
Vadnais Heights 12,449 $70,838 $217,000 99
Wyoming 7,746 $78,214 $175,800 100
Chaska 23,698 $71,576 $224,500 101
Stillwater 18,229 $69,937 $226,600 102
Delano 5,458 $79,712 $190,600 103
Apple Valley 49,336 $77,193 $210,300 104
Shakopee 37,150 $78,713 $200,100 105
East Bethel 11,609 $81,004 $186,400 106
Champlin 23,198 $81,679 $191,300 107
Cottage Grove 34,635 $82,107 $202,100 108
Ramsey 23,612 $83,011 $185,500 109
Edina 48,155 $84,251 $364,900 110
Minnetonka 50,151 $78,391 $308,500 111
Hugo 13,198 $79,368 $215,100 112
Baldwin Township 6,719 $69,141 $225,600 113
Albertville 6,969 $96,631 $177,900 114
Waconia 10,707 $80,224 $222,300 115
Golden Valley 20,454 $78,183 $258,500 116
Eagan 64,538 $79,639 $228,500 117
Rosemount 21,749 $84,325 $222,200 118
Oak Grove 8,027 $83,250 $219,100 119
Livonia Township 5,938 $74,327 $238,700 120
Arden Hills 9,588 $79,208 $283,700 121
Farmington 20,966 $85,051 $206,200 122
Orono 7,494 $113,834 $600,700 123
Shoreview 25,200 $80,641 $236,900 124
St. Michael 16,263 $87,809 $205,000 125
Plymouth 70,895 $86,730 $289,700 126
Linwood Township 5,125 $73,879 $224,900 127
Prior Lake 22,946 $90,867 $258,400 128
Andover 30,648 $89,246 $231,500 129
Lakeville 55,888 $92,989 $272,600 130
Savage 27,143 $90,916 $230,400 131
Ham Lake 15,277 $90,898 $250,500 132
Eden Prairie 60,843 $93,828 $291,100 133
Big Lake Township 7,447 $88,738 $225,700 134
Maple Grove 61,802 $94,450 $234,700 135
Woodbury 62,158 $94,506 $267,200 136
Mendota Heights 11,140 $100,506 $322,400 137
Mahtomedi 7,766 $95,173 $257,400 138
Rogers 10,035 $96,053 $246,500 139
Lake Elmo 8,013 $106,985 $366,600 140
Lino Lakes 20,276 $98,195 $241,300 141
Corcoran 5,407 $97,102 $280,100 142
Shorewood 7,350 $114,856 $415,700 143
Chanhassen 23,229 $103,462 $282,000 144
Minnetrista 6,367 $117,278 $409,900 145
Victoria 7,407 $117,991 $321,400 146

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