Wadena, Minnesota

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Population in 2019: 4,105 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: -4.4%
 
Males: 1,980  (48.2%)
Females: 2,125  (51.8%)
Median resident age:

38.5 years
Minnesota median age:

38.4 years

Zip codes: 56482.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $40,420 (it was $26,947 in 2000)
Wadena:

$40,420
MN:

$74,593

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $23,116 (it was $15,452 in 2000)

Wadena city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $111,065 (it was $53,200 in 2000)
Wadena:

$111,065
MN:

$246,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $133,978; detached houses: $133,254

Median gross rent in 2019: $684.

March 2019 cost of living index in Wadena: 75.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 20.0%
(19.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 7.1% for American Indian residents, 45.8% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Wadena, MN (2019)
    • 3,94093.5%White alone
    • 1192.8%Two or more races
    • 591.4%Hispanic
    • 320.8%American Indian alone
    • 300.7%Black alone

Races in Wadena detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Minnesota and other state lists, there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Wadena, Minnesota as of April 12, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Wadena is 688 to 1.


Crime rates in Wadena by year

Type

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2013

2014

2015

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A2
(48.9)
2
(48.3)
6
(146.1)
4
(96.6)
1
(24.5)
4
(97.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(25.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
9
(226.1)
6
(152.1)
8
(202.7)
8
(204.1)
3
(72.8)
2
(48.9)
6
(144.8)
5
(121.7)
6
(144.9)
3
(73.6)
6
(146.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
1
(25.1)
7
(177.4)
8
(202.7)
12
(306.1)
11
(267.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(72.4)
3
(73.0)
4
(96.6)
4
(98.1)
4
(97.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
93
(2,336)
100
(2,534)
100
(2,534)
98
(2,500)
94
(2,282)
22
(537.6)
44
(1,062)
40
(973.9)
54
(1,304)
62
(1,521)
69
(1,684)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
1
(25.1)
5
(126.7)
2
(50.7)
4
(102.0)
4
(97.1)
1
(24.4)
8
(193.0)
4
(97.4)
7
(169.0)
10
(245.3)
3
(73.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(73.6)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index182.6194.9208.3211.2171.172.3130.5193.1178.7121.7187.5

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City-data.com crime index in Wadena, MN

Crime rate in Wadena detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 10 (9 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.20
Minnesota average:

1.71
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Ancestries: German (37.9%), American (13.8%), Norwegian (11.1%), African (5.7%), Italian (5.4%), Scandinavian (3.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1340 feet

Land area: 5.25 square miles.

Population density: 782 people per square mile   (low).

Wadena, Minnesota map

112 residents are foreign born (2.0% Africa, 0.5% Asia, 0.5% Latin America).

This city:

2.7%
Minnesota:

8.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,204 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,588 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Cloud, MN (76.7 miles , pop. 59,107).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (136.2 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (487.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Bluffton, MN (2.2 miles ),
Verndale, MN (2.6 miles ),
Hewitt, MN (2.9 miles ),
Deer Creek, MN (3.1 miles ),
Aldrich, MN (3.2 miles),
Bertha, MN (3.5 miles ),
New York Mills, MN (3.5 miles ),
Sebeka, MN (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 46.44 N, Longitude: 95.14 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,171 (+51.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 955 (56.2%)

Area code: 218

Distribution of median household income in Wadena, MN in 2019
Distribution of house value in Wadena, MN in 2019
Wadena satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 10 buildings, average cost: $121,900
  • 1998: 6 buildings, average cost: $64,200
  • 1999: 7 buildings, average cost: $105,700
  • 2000: 8 buildings, average cost: $61,000
  • 2001: 11 buildings, average cost: $124,500
  • 2002: 9 buildings, average cost: $113,200
  • 2003: 12 buildings, average cost: $95,100
  • 2004: 8 buildings, average cost: $154,100
  • 2005: 8 buildings, average cost: $154,100
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $115,600
  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $101,700
  • 2008: 4 buildings, average cost: $179,500
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $142,300
  • 2010: 24 buildings, average cost: $127,800
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $113,700
  • 2012: 33 buildings, average cost: $56,100
  • 2013: 3 buildings, average cost: $360,700
  • 2014: 3 buildings, average cost: $251,100
  • 2015: 4 buildings, average cost: $122,500
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $182,500
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $40,000
  • 2019: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Wadena, MN residents
Average permit cost in Wadena, MN
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.6%
Minnesota:

3.9%
Historical population in Wadena, MN
Historical housing units in Wadena, MN

Population change in the 1990s: +49 (+1.2%).
Most common industries in Wadena, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (12.6%)
  • Health care (11.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.5%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (7.1%)
  • Construction (5.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.6%)
  • Social assistance (4.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (10.5%)
  • Construction (9.6%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (7.0%)
  • Educational services (5.7%)
  • Health care (5.6%)
  • Groceries & related products merchant wholesalers (5.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (19.9%)
  • Health care (17.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.3%)
  • Social assistance (5.0%)
  • Public administration (4.2%)
  • Personal & laundry services (3.7%)
Most common occupations in Wadena, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.5%)
  • Registered nurses (5.1%)
  • Cashiers (5.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.6%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4.6%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4.4%)

Average climate in Wadena, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Wadena-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 23% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/2001, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 11.1 miles away from the Wadena city center injured 3 people and caused $5 million in damages.

On 6/11/1966, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 38.8 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wadena-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Minnesota state average. It is 38% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 68.7 miles away from Wadena center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 76.7 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 258.5 miles away from Wadena center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 94.3 miles away from Wadena center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 762.1 miles away from Wadena center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 2/7/2020 at 18:30:28, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 ML) earthquake occurred 134.6 miles away from Wadena center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Wadena County (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 2, Winds: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wadena topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Wadena:

  • OAKRIDGE HOMES OF WADENA (739 SUNNYBROOK ROAD)
  • TRI COUNTY HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Other, 415 JEFFERSON STREET NORTH)
  • TRI COUNTY HOSP HOME HLTH CARE (418 NORTH JEFFERSON)
  • FAIR OAKS LODGE (201 SHADY LANE DRIVE)

Airports and heliports located in Wadena:

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Amtrak station near Wadena:

  • 18 miles: STAPLES (1ST AVE. N & 4TH ST. NE) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wadena:

  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 42 miles; Alexandria, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,324)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 45 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 3,371)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 47 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 72 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • College of Saint Benedict (about 73 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; FT enrollment: 2,025)
  • Bemidji State University (about 74 miles; Bemidji, MN; FT enrollment: 4,316)
  • St Cloud Technical and Community College (about 76 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 3,493)

Public high school in Wadena:

  • WADENA-DEER CREEK SENIOR HIGH (Location: 600 COLFAX AVE SW, Grades: 7-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Wadena:

  • WADENA-DEER CREEK ELEMENTARY (Location: 215 COLFAX AVE SW, Grades: PK-4)
  • WADENA-DEER CREEK 5TH AND 6TH GRADE (Location: 600 COLFAX AVE SW, Grades: 5-6)

Private elementary/middle school in Wadena:

  • GREEN MEADOW-HILLSIDE (Students: 41, Location: 30781 610TH AVE, Grades: 1-8)
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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Wadena: Wadena Country Club (A), Wadena Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Wadena: Southbrook Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Anns Cemetery (1), Wadena Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Whisky Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Wadena: Sunnybrook Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotels: Brookside Motel (1410 Jefferson Street North), Americinn - Wadena- Mn (695 Jefferson St N).

Court: Wadena County - Court Administrator (Court House).

Birthplace of: Robert F. Yonash - Businessman, Forrest Mars, Sr. - Food industry businessman, Jim Christopherson - Football player and coach, John Campbell (American football) - Football player, Pat Porter - Athletics competitor.

Wadena County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Wadena that have no violations reported:

  • BELL HILL RECOVERY CENTER (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

55.1%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.1%
Whole state:

6.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Wadena in 2010:

  • 87 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 39 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 26 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers

People in group quarters in Wadena in 2000:

  • 106 people in nursing homes
  • 32 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 22 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 4 people in homes for the mentally ill

Banks with branches in Wadena (2011 data):

  • Wadena State Bank: Wadena State Express Bank Branch at 301 First Street Se, branch established on 2003/06/09; at 304 Southeast First, branch established on 1917/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $117.8 mil, Deposits: $99.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Wadena Bankshares, Inc.
  • Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank: at 520 South Jefferson St, branch established on 1957/03/11. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $97.1 mil, Deposits: $82.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 3 total offices
  • The First National Bank in Wadena: The First National Bank In Wadena at 25 Bryant Avenue, S.W., branch established on 1892/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $54.6 mil, Deposits: $49.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 1 total offices, Holding Company: First National Bank In Wadena Employee Stock Ownership Plan And Trust, The

For population 15 years and over in Wadena:

Marital status in Wadena, MN
  • Never married: 35.0%
  • Now married: 39.4%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 9.7%
  • Divorced: 14.8%

For population 25 years and over in Wadena:

  • High school or higher: 90.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.9%
  • Unemployed: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.6
Minnesota average:

10.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Wadena
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Wadena, MN (based on Wadena County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,63726
Mainline Protestant2,79913
Catholic1,8124
Other1262
None5,469-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Wadena County:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Wadena County:

8.24 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Here:

11.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Wadena County:

7.7%
State:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Wadena County:

27.0%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Wadena County:

11.6%
Minnesota:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Wadena:

50.3%
State:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Wadena:

46.5%
Minnesota:

46.1%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.4
Minnesota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Wadena:

18.2%
Minnesota:

21.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Wadena:

10.0%
Minnesota:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.0%
Minnesota:

33.2%

General health condition:
Wadena:

55.7%
Minnesota:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Wadena:

76.1%
State:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Wadena, MN Residents

Wadena government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $836,000 ($203.65)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $4,956,000 ($1207.31)
    Liquor Stores: $1,777,000 ($432.89)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,428,000 ($347.87)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,374,000 ($334.71)
    General - Other: $1,000,000 ($243.61)
    Sewerage: $958,000 ($233.37)
    Police Protection: $864,000 ($210.48)
    Regular Highways: $570,000 ($138.86)
    Water Utilities: $535,000 ($130.33)
    Financial Administration: $150,000 ($36.54)
    Local Fire Protection: $134,000 ($32.64)
    Air Transportation: $118,000 ($28.75)
    Libraries: $107,000 ($26.07)
    Central Staff Services: $36,000 ($8.77)
    Solid Waste Management: $18,000 ($4.38)
    Natural Resources - Other: $13,000 ($3.17)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $75,000 ($18.27)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Electric Utilities: $1,251,000 ($304.75)
    Sewerage: $563,000 ($137.15)
    Air Transportation: $401,000 ($97.69)
    Water Utilities: $340,000 ($82.83)
    Police Protection: $54,000 ($13.15)
    General - Other: $42,000 ($10.23)
    Regular Highways: $41,000 ($9.99)
    Housing and Community Development: $38,000 ($9.26)
    Local Fire Protection: $24,000 ($5.85)
    Parks and Recreation: $16,000 ($3.90)
    Libraries: $1,000 ($0.24)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $16,000 ($3.90)

Wadena government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,104,000 ($268.94)
    Housing and Community Development: $811,000 ($197.56)
    Parks and Recreation: $484,000 ($117.90)
    Other: $94,000 ($22.90)
    Air Transportation: $76,000 ($18.51)
    Regular Highways: $24,000 ($5.85)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $608,000 ($148.11)
    Highways: $216,000 ($52.62)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,054,000 ($256.76)
    Interest Earnings: $47,000 ($11.45)
    Fines and Forfeits: $22,000 ($5.36)
    Special Assessments: $18,000 ($4.38)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $7,232,000 ($1761.75)
    Liquor Stores: $2,228,000 ($542.75)
    Water Utilities: $1,144,000 ($278.68)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,562,000 ($380.51)
    Other: $451,000 ($109.87)
    Highways: $36,000 ($8.77)
  • Tax - Property: $1,101,000 ($268.21)
    Other License: $121,000 ($29.48)
    Public Utilities Sales: $114,000 ($27.77)
    Other Selective Sales: $36,000 ($8.77)

Wadena government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,283,000 ($556.15)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,945,000 ($473.81)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,483,000 ($361.27)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,145,000 ($278.93)

Wadena government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,720,000 ($1149.82)

7.17% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,316 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.17%
Minnesota average:

7.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Otter Tail County, MN  1.27% ($34,909 average AGI)
from Todd County, MN  1.27% ($41,939)
from Hubbard County, MN  0.56% ($27,931)
Businesses in Wadena, MN
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
AmericInn1Quiznos1
Burger King1Sprint Nextel1
Dairy Queen1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1UPS2
McDonald's1Walmart1

Strongest AM radio stations in Wadena:

  • KWAD (920 AM; 1 kW; WADENA, MN; Owner: KOMMERSTAD COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, LLC)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KNSP (1430 AM; 1 kW; STAPLES, MN; Owner: KOMMERSTAD COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, LLC)
  • WWWI (1270 AM; 5 kW; BAXTER, MN; Owner: TOWER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KLTF (960 AM; 5 kW; LITTLE FALLS, MN; Owner: KLTF/KFML, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))

Strongest FM radio stations in Wadena:

  • K252BK (98.3 FM; WADENA, ETC., MN; Owner: MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS, IN)
  • KKWS (105.9 FM; WADENA, MN; Owner: KOMMERSTAD COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, LLC)
  • KSKK (94.7 FM; STAPLES, MN; Owner: NORMIN BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KPRW (99.5 FM; PERHAM, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KBPR (90.7 FM; BRAINERD, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO INC.)
  • KDKK (97.5 FM; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DELAHUNT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K272CR (102.3 FM; NEW YORK MILLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Wadena:

  • K17FE (Channel 17; WADENA, MN; Owner: HUBBARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K63DX (Channel 63; WADENA, MN; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • K45AR (Channel 45; EAGLE BEND, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 790)
  • KAWB (Channel 22; BRAINERD, MN; Owner: NORTHERN MN PUBLIC TELEVISION INC.)
  • K32FY (Channel 32; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HUBBARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
Wadena fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Wadena fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 69ft / 21.4mTotal length
  • $680,896,000Total costs
  • 7,760Total average daily traffic
  • 423Total average daily truck traffic
  • 7,791Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Wadena)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 57 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Wadena, MN)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 29 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Wadena)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 24 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Wadena)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 24. The highest number of fires - 37 took place in 2014, and the least - 9 in 2004. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Wadena, MN When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (49.9%), and Outside Fires (29.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Wadena, MN
    • 20149.9%Structure Fires
    • 11729.0%Outside Fires
    • 7217.9%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 133.2%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Wadena, MN
Most common first names in Wadena, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6379.5 years
William4776.4 years
Mary3782.1 years
Anna3688.3 years
George3479.0 years
Robert3172.1 years
Arthur2977.4 years
Margaret2785.7 years
Joseph2677.9 years
Frank2681.8 years
Most common last names in Wadena, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson5978.8 years
Anderson3581.1 years
Smith2282.5 years
Olson2076.2 years
Nelson1971.8 years
Erickson1882.5 years
Kern1782.2 years
Uselman1677.6 years
Larson1580.4 years
Hanson1584.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Wadena, MN
  • 57.7%Utility gas
  • 22.4%Electricity
  • 8.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.7%Wood
  • 1.0%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Wadena, MN
  • 51.1%Electricity
  • 41.4%Utility gas
  • 2.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.6%Wood
  • 2.3%Other fuel


Wadena compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Wadena on our top lists:

  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Northern Europe (population 500+)"
  • #83 (56482) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Norwegian first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
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