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Heron Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Heron Lake had a population of 622 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Heron Lake, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 622
Daytime Population: Workers 196
Daytime Population: Residents 294
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 490
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 622
Population in Familes 481
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 487
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $50,458
Average Household Income $61,203
Per Capita Income $26,098


Total Housing Units 320 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 203 (63.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 70 (21.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 47 (14.7%)
Median Home Value $80,247
Average Home Value $106,312


Total Households 273
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 162
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -1.58% -1.29%
Households -1.56% -1.2%
Families -0.17% -1.4%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   3.4%

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, 2017 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 # 463 49th
Population Density # 502 45th
Diversity Index # 130 86th
Median Household Income # 588 35th
Per Capita Income # 632 30th

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