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Buffalo Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Buffalo Lake had a population of 767 as of July 1, 2016. Buffalo 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 Buffalo Lake is located at latitude 44.7372 and longitude -94.6181 in Renville County. The formal boundaries for the City of Buffalo Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Renville County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,073 feet.

The City of Buffalo Lake (GNIS ID: 2393458) 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo Lake: City of Buffalo Lake.

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


Total Population 767
Population in Households 723
Population in Familes 569
Population in Group Qrtrs 44
Population Density1 1,133
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 307
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 191
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 328 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 249 (75.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 58 (17.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 21 ( 6.4%)
Median Home Value $111,885
Average Home Value $136,747


Median Household Income $49,710
Average Household Income $59,673
Per Capita Income $24,885
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.73% 0.05%
Households 1.03% 0.13%
Families 1.32% 0.1%
Median Household Income   2.8%
Per Capita Income   2.52%
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.

Buffalo Lake, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buffalo 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 # 409 55th
Population Density1 # 226 75th
Diversity Index2 # 109 88th
Median Household Income # 567 37th
Per Capita Income # 656 28th

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