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 1,698 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lester Prairie: City of Lester Prairie.

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Lester Prairie, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,698
Daytime Population: Workers 526
Daytime Population: Residents 813
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,339
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 1,697
Population in Familes 1,419
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density2 1,974
Diversity Index3 26


Median Household Income $57,489
Average Household Income $68,844
Per Capita Income $26,300


Total Housing Units 709 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 521 (73.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 122 (17.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 66 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $157,302
Average Home Value $161,708


Total Households 643
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 457
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 -0.26% -0.28%
Households -0.23% -0.25%
Families -0.18% -0.31%
Median Household Income   2.81%
Per Capita Income   3.08%

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, 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 # 284 69th
Population Density # 77 92nd
Diversity Index # 195 79th
Median Household Income # 373 59th
Per Capita Income # 615 32nd

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