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Perham is a small, yet vibrant city located in the heart of Minnesota’s lake country. Home to many employment opportunities, a wide variety of recreational activities, and a relaxed, resort-like lifestyle, Perham offers many of the attractions of big-city life while providing the home-town feel of a smaller community.

Located in Otter Tail County, Perham provides almost immediate access to an abundance of recreational opportunities including 1048 lakes and over 140 miles of snowmobile trails. Boating Magazine calls Otter Tail County one of the “Ten Best Places to Call Home.”

More than 3,000 people call Perham, Minnesota home and are happy to share why they love living in Perham. Perham is more than just a great place to live and raise a family. The city is home to many lakes, with swimming, boating, and fishing in the summer, and community events and activities year-round. We also have an active downtown, with many shops, restaurants, and attractions for people of all ages.

For those looking for job opportunities as well as a lower cost of living, Perham delivers. Employers such as KLN Family Brands, Perham Health, Kit Masters, and Arvig are looking for employees like you who want to live and work in a city with so much to offer. The city also offers housing incentives for those who qualify, making your move to Perham even easier.

Living in Perham means a relaxed lifestyle in a close-knit community where you don’t have to sacrifice an excellent education or high quality health care and services. If you’re ready to make a move and choose the best of both worlds, consider Perham as your move of a lifetime.

To learn more about our beautiful city, please contact Nick Murdock, Perham Economic Development Director by e-mail at, or by phone at (218) 346- 9798.

To help you get to know us better, Perham residents have shared their stories of living in Perham and happily calling Perham their new home.