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Mountain Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Mountain Lake had a population of 2,044 as of July 1, 2016. Mountain Lake ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Mountain Lake is located at latitude 43.9424 and longitude -94.9254 in Cottonwood County. The formal boundaries for the City of Mountain Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Cottonwood County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,306 feet.

The City of Mountain Lake (GNIS ID: 2395134) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Mountain Lake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Mountain Lake: City of Mountain Lake.

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Mountain Lake, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,044
Population in Households 1,995
Population in Familes 1,623
Population in Group Qrtrs 49
Population Density1 1,336
Diversity Index2 49


Total Households 805
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 519
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 923 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 577 (62.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 227 (24.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 118 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $72,739
Average Home Value $88,128


Median Household Income $48,024
Average Household Income $57,346
Per Capita Income $22,805
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.46% -0.33%
Households -0.47% -0.35%
Families -0.21% -0.47%
Median Household Income   1.86%
Per Capita Income   1.67%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Mountain Lake, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Mountain Lake to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 256 72nd
Population Density1 # 170 81st
Diversity Index2 # 63 93rd
Median Household Income # 599 34th
Per Capita Income # 788 13th

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