Lester Prairie, MN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lester Prairie, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Lester Prairie had a population of 1,719 as of July 1, 2016. Lester Prairie 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 Lester Prairie is located at latitude 44.8833 and longitude -94.037 in McLeod County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lester Prairie (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.86 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. McLeod County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 984 feet.

The City of Lester Prairie (GNIS ID: 2395687) 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 Lester Prairie 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 Lester Prairie: City of Lester Prairie.

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Lester Prairie, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,719
Population in Households 1,719
Population in Familes 1,438
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,998
Diversity Index2 25


Total Households 658
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 467
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 708 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 536 (75.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 122 (17.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 50 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $151,374
Average Home Value $157,043


Median Household Income $55,366
Average Household Income $67,046
Per Capita Income $25,842
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.1% -0.13%
Households 0.1% -0.03%
Families 0.14% -0.13%
Median Household Income   1.14%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
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.

Lester Prairie, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lester Prairie 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 # 284 69th
Population Density1 # 73 92nd
Diversity Index2 # 204 77th
Median Household Income # 381 58th
Per Capita Income # 579 36th

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