B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$659
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    359
    0
  • Murder
    7
    0
  • Rape
    217
    41
  • Robbery
    30
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    822
    1
  • Theft
    4,087
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,975
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    42%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Brainerd Reviews

17 reviews
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Brainerd has many wonderful attributes. The elementary schools are some of the highest ranked in the state, winning national blue ribbons awards for multiple years. The lakes are beautiful and create a fun atmosphere for summer outings . Neighboring towns like Nisswa, offer cute shops and are popular with the tourists. I have lived here the majority of my life and feel safe and happy in our small town. It is a great place to raise a family or come for a little R & R.
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This town is a fantastic place to visit all year round. It has trails you can ride bikes, rollerblade, walk on, snow mobiles, 4-wheel, and take your pets on a walk. It has the statues of Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue ox. It has a well known race track. Great fishing and shops to visit and see. It also has lots of restaurants to try. There are countless resorts to stay at and to entertain your time. This town is not small but yet it is only about 2 hours from the Twin Cities area. It is a good place to get away from the stressors in life.
Brainerd is a small town with simple people. It's friendly but not a great place as far as jobs. Not much to do unless you are an outdoorsman. Also, invest in a hat and sunglasses...maybe some camo gear.