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%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    359
    273
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    217
    41
  • Robbery
    30
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    822
    525
  • Theft
    4,087
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164
    263

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Brainerd Reviews

15 reviews
All Categories
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.
Review Brainerd
Pretty area, very cold for 6 months out of the year. Very little culture, entertainment, activities for families, small minded.
This town in the heart of Minnesota has that big-small town feel everyone seems to search for. It's populated enough to go DO things and it's small enough to not feel overwhelmed by the constant rush of life. Plus, lakes.