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The location of Brainerd

Welcome to Brainerd ...

The city of Brainerd is located in Crow Wing County and is the County Seat for Crow Wing County.

The location of Brainerd has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Brainerd has a population of 13,465 people<2> (see below for details).

Brainerd was established in 1870.

The community of Brainerd is 1,210 feet [369 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Brainerd lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Brainerd is located in the (218) area code.

The ZIP code for Brainerd: 56401<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Brainerd had a population of 13,590 people (or 21.74% of the total population of Crow Wing County). This makes Brainerd the county's most populous community.

The population of Brainerd represents 0.26% of the total population of Minnesota (which has 5,303,925 people), making it the state's 73rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 13,590 people, the population of Brainerd increased 3.13% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 13,178 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Brainerd had an population of 13,465 people. This is a decrease of 0.92% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 2.18% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Brainerd.

Communities Also Named Brainerd ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Brainerd - they are located in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Manitoba and Tennessee.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Brainerd.

Websites for Brainerd ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Brainerd. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Brainerd. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Brainerd. Our list includes 11 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Brainerd:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Brainerd ...

Looking for more information about Brainerd? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Brainerd, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Brainerd.

Communities near Brainerd ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Breezy Point   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the North (N) of Brainerd

Crosby   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Brainerd

Pequot Lakes   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North (N) of Brainerd

Nisswa   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Brainerd

Lake Shore   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Brainerd

Located in Cass County

East Gull Lake   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Brainerd

Located in Cass County

Ironton   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Brainerd

Deerwood   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Brainerd

Pillager   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) of Brainerd

Located in Cass County

Cuyuna   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Brainerd

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Brainerd.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Crow Wing County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Brainerd:

The official website for Crow Wing County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Brainerd.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Brainerd - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Brainerd). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Brainerd or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brainerd) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Brainerd. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brainerd

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brainerd. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.3556, Longitude: -94.1979     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brainerd have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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