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Park Rapids, Minnesota
City
Photo: Bill Johnson
Photo: Bill Johnson
Location of Park Rapidswithin Hubbard County and state of Minnesota
Location of Park Rapids
within Hubbard County and state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hubbard
Area
 • Total 6.81 sq mi (17.64 km2)
 • Land 6.59 sq mi (17.07 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)
Elevation 1,440 ft (439 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,709
 • Estimate (2013) 3,903
 • Density 562.8/sq mi (217.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56470
Area code(s) 218 Exchange: 732
FIPS code 27-49768
GNIS feature ID 0649151
Website City of Park Rapids

Park Rapids is a city in and the county seat of Hubbard County, Minnesota, United States. It is near Itasca State Park, the source of the Mississippi River, as well as the beginning of the Heartland State Trail. The city was founded in 1890 near the Fish Hook River rapids and is located along U.S. Highway 71 and Minnesota State Highway 34. The population was 3,709 at the 2010 census.

History

Park Rapids became a city in 1890, and was named by Frank C. Rice after the park groves and prairies beside the Fish Hook River rapids. These rapids have since been dammed.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.81 square miles (17.64 km2), of which, 6.59 square miles (17.07 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is water. The Fish Hook River flows through the city.

Climate

Climate data for Park Rapids, Minnesota
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 51
(10.6)
61
(16.1)
74
(23.3)
96
(35.6)
96
(35.6)
96
(35.6)
100
(37.8)
101
(38.3)
99
(37.2)
90
(32.2)
72
(22.2)
58
(14.4)
101
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 18
(-7.8)
24
(-4.4)
36
(2.2)
54
(12.2)
67
(19.4)
74
(23.3)
80
(26.7)
78
(25.6)
67
(19.4)
53
(11.7)
35
(1.7)
21
(-6.1)
50.6
(10.32)
Average low °F (°C) −4
(-20)
1
(-17.2)
15
(-9.4)
29
(-1.7)
41
(5)
51
(10.6)
56
(13.3)
54
(12.2)
45
(7.2)
32
(0)
18
(-7.8)
3
(-16.1)
28.4
(-1.99)
Record low °F (°C) −45
(-42.8)
−51
(-46.1)
−36
(-37.8)
−8
(-22.2)
14
(-10)
28
(-2.2)
35
(1.7)
31
(-0.6)
17
(-8.3)
−2
(-18.9)
−29
(-33.9)
−46
(-43.3)
-51
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.52
(13.2)
0.50
(12.7)
1.13
(28.7)
1.85
(47)
3.10
(78.7)
4.20
(106.7)
4.10
(104.1)
3.55
(90.2)
3.08
(78.2)
2.65
(67.3)
0.96
(24.4)
0.57
(14.5)
26.21
(665.7)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,313
1910 1,801 37.2%
1920 1,603 −11.0%
1930 2,081 29.8%
1940 2,643 27.0%
1950 3,027 14.5%
1960 3,047 0.7%
1970 2,772 −9.0%
1980 2,976 7.4%
1990 2,863 −3.8%
2000 3,276 14.4%
2010 3,709 13.2%
Est. 2015 3,947 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,709 people, 1,772 households, and 892 families residing in the city. The population density was 562.8 inhabitants per square mile (217.3/km2). There were 2,003 housing units at an average density of 303.9 per square mile (117.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 0.4% African American, 2.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 1,772 households of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.7% were non-families. 44.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 43.1 years. 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 24.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,276 people, 1,476 households, and 788 families residing in the city. The population density was 547.5 people per square mile (211.5/km²). There were 1,616 housing units at an average density of 270.1 per square mile (104.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

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

In the city, the population was 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 81.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,628, and the median income for a family was $33,958. Males had a median income of $28,718 versus $21,827 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,416. About 11.6% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

Hubbard county Park Rapids MN IMG 1308
Park Rapids.

There are over seventy lakes in the Park Rapids area, which all offer distinct fishing opportunities. Some of the notable nearby lakes include Lake Itasca (headwaters of the Mississippi River) as well as some of the numerous Crow Wing Lakes. Some of the most common fish caught within the area include largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass, bullhead, crappie, northern pike, perch, sunfish and walleye. The Heartland Trail, which is one of the oldest rail-to-trail projects in the United States, begins in Park Rapids. The forty-nine mile trail is open to horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, and biking at different segments throughout. Deer, coyote, grey wolf, chipmunks, bobcat, bear, bald eagle, red fox, raccoon, beaver and muskrat can all be spotted along the trail.

July 4th Park Rapids Parade
Two residents of Park Rapids, watching the July 4th Parade on Main street

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