Perham ( PUR-əm) is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,985 at the 2010 census.
Perham was platted in 1873, and named for Josiah Perham, first president of the Northern Pacific Railway. As the village grew in economic importance, the surrounding township was renamed Perham Township in 1877 and Perham was incorporated in 1881.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.18 square miles (8.24 km2), all of it land.
U.S. Route 10 and Minnesota State Highways 78 and 108 are three of the main routes in the community.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,985 people, 1,304 households, and 722 families living in the city. The population density was 938.7 inhabitants per square mile (362.4/km2). There were 1,388 housing units at an average density of 436.5 per square mile (168.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.
There were 1,304 households, of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.6% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.