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Otter Tail County, Minnesota (MN)

County population in 2014: 57,635 (26% urban, 74% rural); it was 57,159 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 11,577
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,482
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 18,140
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,996 (it was 4,531 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

27%

Land area: 1980 sq. mi.

Water area: 245.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 29 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Otter Tail County: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (28.7%), Educational, health and social services (14.4%), Construction (11.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (11.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 49%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 48%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Otter Tail County, Minnesota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  46.0 years
Minnesota median age:  37.0 years
Males: 28,890  (50.1%)
Females: 28,745  (49.9%)
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Otter Tail County,MN real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Otter Tail County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,458 ($35,395 in 1999)

This county:

$50458
Minnesota:

$60702

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $515 (lower quartile is $359, upper quartile is $658)
This county:

$515
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $153,071 (it was $84,400 in 2000)
Otter Tail:

$153,071
Minnesota:

$180,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $88,990 - $254,010

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $201,770
Here:

$201,770
State:

$229,257

Townhouses or other attached units: $179,970
Here:

$179,970
State:

$168,477

In 2-unit structures: $73,279
Here:

$73,279
State:

$168,680

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $127,956
Here:

$127,956
State:

$142,494

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $66,107
Here:

$66,107
State:

$160,166

Mobile homes: $62,212
Here:

$62,212
State:

$45,753

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $38,324
Here:

$38,324
State:

$63,954
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,138
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $386

Institutionalized population: 774

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 12
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 21
  • Burglaries: 170
  • Thefts: 359
  • Auto thefts: 43

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 15
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 27
  • Burglaries: 172
  • Thefts: 324
  • Auto thefts: 38
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 70 buildings, average cost: $154,800
  • 2008: 46 buildings, average cost: $155,700
  • 2009: 40 buildings, average cost: $120,300
  • 2010: 36 buildings, average cost: $165,900
  • 2011: 34 buildings, average cost: $179,800
  • 2012: 51 buildings, average cost: $165,200
  • 2013: 54 buildings, average cost: $186,700
  • 2014: 27 buildings, average cost: $192,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,251 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,251 (0.8%)

Otter Tail County household income distribution in 2009 Otter Tail County home values distribution Otter Tail County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.5%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 63.4% for Black residents, 17.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.8% for American Indian residents, 33.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.2%
Otter Tail County:

10.2%
Minnesota:

11.2%
(9.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 58.1% for Black residents, 16.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 29.7% for American Indian residents, 32.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 42 years old, Asian residents: 24 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 38 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Otter Tail County is $390 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $613 a month.

Cities in this county include: Fergus Falls, Perham, Pelican Rapids, New York Mills, Parkers Prairie, Henning, Battle Lake, Ottertail, Deer Creek, Underwood.

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

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Neighboring counties: Aitkin County , Asotin County, Washington , Dickey County, North Dakota , LaMoure County, North Dakota , Stark County, North Dakota .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.0%
Minnesota:

3.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 1,858
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,166 (39% naturalized citizens)

Otter Tail County:

2.0%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 471
  • 1990 to 1994: 118
  • 1985 to 1989: 134
  • 1980 to 1984: 73
  • 1975 to 1979: 68
  • 1970 to 1974: 56
  • 1970 to 1974: 19
  • 1965 to 1969: 227

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 81.2%

Otter Tail County marital status for males Otter Tail County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 26,022
  • One, attached: 344
  • Two: 457
  • 3 or 4: 521
  • 5 to 9: 625
  • 10 to 19: 608
  • 20 or more: 1,053
  • Mobile homes: 3,794
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 438

Housing units in Otter Tail County with a mortgage: 6,811 (646 second mortgage, 682 home equity loan, 23 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,666

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

74.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Otter Tail County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant18,01849
Evangelical Protestant14,56960
Catholic7,81314
Other1993
None16,704-
Otter Tail County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 11
Otter Tail County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.70 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 39
Otter Tail County:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 44
This county:

7.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Otter Tail County:

7.6%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Otter Tail County:

28.1%
State:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.1%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Otter Tail County:

Average size of farms: 292 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $73,118
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $187.12
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.97%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 59.16%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $59,164
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 54.60%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.55%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $59,295
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.81%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.73
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 28.13%
Corn for grain: 115488 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 60375 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 126316 harvested acres
Vegetables: 359 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 50 acres

Earthquake activity:

Otter Tail County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 85% 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 53.0 miles away from Otter Tail County center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 57.2 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 234.2 miles away from the county 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 68.9 miles away from the county center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 733.4 miles away from Otter Tail County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 224.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • MinnesotaSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 17, 2010 to June 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1921): July 2, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1921, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • MinnesotaSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 16, 2009 to May 22, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1830): April 9, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1830, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MinnesotaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3242): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3242, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • MinnesotaFlooding, Incident Period: March 23, 2001 to July 3, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1370): May 16, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1370, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • MinnesotaSevere Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: March 21, 1997 to May 24, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1175): April 8, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1175, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MinnesotaSevere Winter Storms/Blizzards, Incident Period: January 3, 1997 to February 3, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1158): January 16, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1158, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Blizzard
  • MinnesotaSevere Storm, Thunderstorm, High Winds, Flooding, Tornadoes, Heat, Incident Period: July 9, 1995 to July 14, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1064): August 18, 1995, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1064, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • MinnesotaFlooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 6, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-993): June 11, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-993, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • MinnesotaDrought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared (EM-3013): June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3013, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • MinnesotaSEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, FLOODING, Incident Period: July 17, 1975, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-476): July 17, 1975, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-476, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Otter Tail County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (15%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (38%)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (13%)
  • Canada (11%)
  • Germany (8%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • Vietnam (3%)
  • Other Northern Europe (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Otter Tail County (%):

  • German (35%)
  • Norwegian (31%)
  • Swedish (5%)
  • Finnish (3%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • English (3%)

Otter Tail County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 19,848 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 2,892 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 97 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 4 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 13 (0%)
  • Taxi: 17 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 8 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 30 (0%)
  • Walked: 1,196 (5%)
  • Other means: 142 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 1,903 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Otter Tail County, Minnesota in 2000:

  • 942 people in nursing homes
  • 153 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 107 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 67 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 62 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 19 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 16 people in other group homes
  • 13 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 12 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally ill

People in group quarters in Otter Tail County, Minnesota in 2010:

  • 696 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 280 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 94 people in college/university student housing
  • 53 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 25 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 21 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 15 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 4 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $51,475.

5.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,328 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.01%
Minnesota average:

6.51%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.16% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($23,627 average AGI)
1.85% relocated from other states ($16,703 average AGI)
Otter Tail County:

1.85%
Minnesota average:

1.96%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Cass County, ND  0.38% ($45,655 average AGI)
from Becker County, MN  0.34% ($25,141)
from Clay County, MN  0.31% ($35,899)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.29% ($54,818)
from Douglas County, MN  0.23% ($33,057)
from Wadena County, MN  0.21% ($32,688)
from Grant County, MN  0.15% ($34,657)


5.03% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,150 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.03%
Minnesota average:

6.71%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.94% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($18,879 average AGI)
2.09% relocated to other states ($12,272 average AGI)
Otter Tail County:

2.09%
Minnesota average:

2.16%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cass County, ND  0.60% ($28,615 average AGI)
to Clay County, MN  0.44% ($28,424)
to Becker County, MN  0.32% ($36,151)
to Douglas County, MN  0.29% ($35,015)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.27% ($35,100)
to Wadena County, MN  0.21% ($24,191)
to Ramsey County, MN  0.09% ($26,381)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Births per 1000 population in Otter Tail County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Otter Tail County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Otter Tail County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.4%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Otter Tail County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Otter Tail County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 12,431 (11,050 aged, 1,381 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 923 (7%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Otter Tail County, Minnesota in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (948)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (560)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (559)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (539)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (435)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (425)
  • Unspecified dementia (408)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (273)
  • Congestive heart failure (261)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (196)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.45
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8953.760
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 428.1
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 29454.01

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1000.730
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1040.620
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 20.81

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 41.89
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 76.31

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12.14

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 147.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 97.5
  • Other - 50.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 56,115
  • In family households: 46,868 (13,033 male householders, 3,115 female householders)
    13,631 spouses, 14,599 children (13,473 natural, 475 adopted, 651 stepchildren), 541 grandchildren, 316 brothers or sisters, 252 parents, 212 other relatives, 1,030 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 9,247 (3,909 male householders (3,198 living alone)), 3,998 female householders (3,619 living alone)), 1,340 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,188 (774 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 8,992 2-persons, 2,820 3-persons, 2,470 4-persons, 1,143 5-persons, 464 6-persons, 259 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,817 1-person, 948 2-persons, 80 3-persons, 37 4-persons, 14 5-persons, 6 6-persons, 5 7-or-more-persons.

11,305 married couples with children.
2,289 single-parent households (712 men, 1,577 women).

94.7% of residents of Otter Tail County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (50% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
2.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (58% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (67% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $340,342,000 ($5875 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $10,250,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $153,993,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $69,472,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $19,190,000
Federal grants: $73,209,000
Federal procurement contracts: $8,749,000 ($3,498,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $15,729,000 ($1,777,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $37,931,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $25,019,000
Federal Government insurance: $67,335,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 3,084
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,391
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +399
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +484
Here +8 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Otter Tail County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.24 millions of gallons per day (59% from ground, 41% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

3.7

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 408
  • 2000 to 2004: 5,514
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,790
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,878
  • 1970 to 1979: 5,098
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,610
  • 1950 to 1959: 3,362
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,039
  • 1939 or earlier: 6,878
Rooms in houses/apartments in Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 14
  • 2 rooms: 153
  • 3 rooms: 537
  • 4 rooms: 1,885
  • 5 rooms: 3,369
  • 6 rooms: 3,562
  • 7 rooms: 3,159
  • 8 rooms: 2,457
  • 9+ rooms: 3,004
  • 1 room: 140
  • 2 rooms: 505
  • 3 rooms: 1,088
  • 4 rooms: 1,184
  • 5 rooms: 713
  • 6 rooms: 375
  • 7 rooms: 277
  • 8 rooms: 144
  • 9+ rooms: 105
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 28
  • 1 bedroom: 663
  • 2 bedrooms: 4,279
  • 3 bedrooms: 8,186
  • 4 bedrooms: 4,013
  • 5+ bedrooms: 971
  • no bedroom: 163
  • 1 bedroom: 1,567
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,575
  • 3 bedrooms: 845
  • 4 bedrooms: 318
  • 5+ bedrooms: 63
Cars and other vehicles available in Otter Tail County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 494
  • 1 vehicle: 4,167
  • 2 vehicles: 8,483
  • 3 vehicles: 3,595
  • 4 vehicles: 982
  • 5+ vehicles: 419
  • no vehicle: 978
  • 1 vehicle: 2,282
  • 2 vehicles: 964
  • 3 vehicles: 216
  • 4 vehicles: 49
  • 5+ vehicles: 42

64% of Otter Tail County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in Minnesota.

Otter Tail County:

63.8%
State average:

58.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 42502
  • Northeast: 490
  • Midwest: 9794
  • South: 1060
  • West: 1980

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $62,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Otter Tail County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.9%)
  • Utility gas (29.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (19.3%)
  • Electricity (12.4%)
  • Wood (8.7%)
  • Electricity (35.9%)
  • Utility gas (35.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.9%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • No fuel used (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 631
Here:

9.4%
Minnesota:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 174
Here:

4.3%
Minnesota:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 117
Here:

7.0%
Minnesota:

24.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Otter Tail County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $5,611,000
  • Current Operations - Welfare - Other: $12,194,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,852,000
    Regular Highways: $4,495,000
    Police Protection: $3,707,000
    Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $2,585,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,937,000
    Financial Administration: $1,687,000
    Health Services - Other: $1,508,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,375,000
    General - Other: $1,358,000
    General Public Buildings: $938,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $841,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $372,000
    Libraries: $264,000
    Parks & Recreation: $264,000
    Housing & Community Development: $140,000
    Welfare, Cash Assistance - Other: $135,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $0
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $0
  • General - Interest on Debt: $101,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $333,000
    Regular Highways: $276,000
    General - Other: $124,000
    Central Staff: $52,000
    Welfare - Other: $44,000
    General Public Building: $42,000
    Solid Waste Management: $38,000
    Corrections - Other: $20,000
    Health - Other: $4,000
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000
    Financial Administration: $2,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $15,567,000

Otter Tail County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $5,094,000
    All Other: $2,412,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Highways: $169,000
    Transit Utilities: $62,000
    General Support: $38,000
    Public Welfare: $0
  • Local Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $30,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,669,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,559,000
    Special Assessments: $278,000
    Rents: $70,000
    Property Sale Other: $39,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $10,486,000
    Highways: $7,879,000
    General Support: $2,468,000
    Health & Hospitals: $1,158,000
    All Other: $276,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,486,000
    NEC: $212,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $190,000

Otter Tail County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,395,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,340,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $55,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $329,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $294,000

Otter Tail County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $18,400,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $101,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 802
  • Number of aged recipients: 147
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 655
  • Number of recipients under 18: 97
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 488
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 217
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 387
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 316
Otter Tail County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Otter Tail County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Otter Tail County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John36378.3 years
William24477.8 years
Henry20580.9 years
Mary19683.6 years
George19479.5 years
Anna18787.5 years
Robert18772.7 years
Arthur17079.1 years
James16273.3 years
Clara15586.0 years
Most common last names in Otter Tail County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson42680.2 years
Anderson29578.0 years
Nelson25680.6 years
Olson21480.5 years
Hanson20780.2 years
Peterson18079.4 years
Larson11380.9 years
Erickson10281.0 years
Thompson8376.5 years
Pederson7680.6 years
Businesses in Otter Tail County, MN
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lane Furniture2
Ace Hardware2MasterBrand Cabinets4
AmericInn2McDonald's3
Applebee's1New Balance1
Best Western1Nike3
Burger King3Pizza Hut1
Carson Pirie Scott1Quiznos1
Chevrolet1RadioShack2
Comfort Inn1Sears1
Curves2Slumberland1
Dairy Queen5Sprint Nextel2
Domino's Pizza1Subway3
FedEx4Super 82
Ford1Target1
GNC1Toyota1
Goodwill1True Value3
H&R Block2U-Haul4
Home Depot1UPS9
Jones New York3Walgreens1
KFC1Walmart2
Kmart1YMCA1
La-Z-Boy4

Otter Tail County on our top lists:

  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"