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Heron Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Heron Lake had a population of 629 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Heron Lake, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 629
Population in Households 629
Population in Familes 483
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 492
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $55,443
Average Household Income $65,096
Per Capita Income $27,349


Total Housing Units 327 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 209 (63.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 64 (19.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 53 (16.2%)
Median Home Value $84,539
Average Home Value $107,416


Total Households 274
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 161
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -1.25% -1.21%
Households -1.33% -1.27%
Families -0.22% -1.27%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   2.73%

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, 2018 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 # 464 49th
Population Density # 499 45th
Diversity Index # 140 85th
Median Household Income # 474 48th
Per Capita Income # 602 34th

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