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Heron Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Heron Lake had a population of 630 as of July 1, 2016. Heron Lake ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Heron Lake is located at latitude 43.7975 and longitude -95.321 in Jackson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Heron Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jackson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,421 feet.

The City of Heron Lake (GNIS ID: 2394364) 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 Heron 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 Heron Lake: City of Heron Lake.

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


Total Population 630
Population in Households 630
Population in Familes 487
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 493
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 279
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 166
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 343 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 209 (60.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 71 (20.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 64 (18.7%)
Median Home Value $76,351
Average Home Value $101,803


Median Household Income $49,497
Average Household Income $60,320
Per Capita Income $25,858
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -1.63% -1.07%
Households -1.47% -0.95%
Families 0.19% -1.23%
Median Household Income   2.78%
Per Capita Income   2.29%
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.

Heron Lake, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Heron 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 # 457 50th
Population Density1 # 500 45th
Diversity Index2 # 121 87th
Median Household Income # 572 37th
Per Capita Income # 574 37th

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