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Time Zone: Otter Tail County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Fergus Falls is the Seat for Otter Tail County.

Otter Tail County was founded in 1858. Otter Tail was created by taking area from and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Otter Tail had a population of 56,588 people. This is a decrease of 1% since the last Census (which gave a population of 57,159 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Otter Tail represented 1.16% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 13th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201057,303+0.25%+1.26% since 2009
200956,588-1%-0.54% since 2008
200856,895-0.46%-0.14% since 2007
200756,973-0.33% 
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200057,159The Last Census

More information can be found on the Otter Tail County Census Page for Otter Tail County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Otter Tail County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Otter Tail County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Fergus Falls   13,54413,4710.54% increase  
Perham   2,7722,5598.32% increase  
Pelican Rapids   2,2962,3743.29% decrease  
New York Mills   1,2001,1583.63% increase  
Parkers Prairie   1,0019911.01% increase  

Websites for Otter Tail County

Official Website:   www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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