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Park Rapids, Minnesota

Park Rapids is a city located in Hubbard County, Minnesota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 3,276. It is the county seat of Hubbard County6.

Park Rapids is 21 miles south of Itasca State Park, the source of the Mississippi River.

Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.8 km² (6.1 mi²). 15.5 km² (6.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.64% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 3,276 people, 1,476 households, and 788 families residing in the city. The population density is 211.5/km² (547.5/mi²). There are 1,616 housing units at an average density of 104.3/km² (270.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.97% White, 0.31% African American, 2.20% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,476 households out of which 25.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.2% are married couples living together, 10.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% are non-families. 41.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 23.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.11 and the average family size is 2.88.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 28.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 81.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $23,628, and the median income for a family is $33,958. Males have a median income of $28,718 versus $21,827 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,416. 12.2% of the population and 11.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.3% are under the age of 18 and 13.1% are 65 or older.

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