Prior Lake, MN Profile: Facts & Data


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Prior Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Prior Lake had a population of 26,207 as of July 1, 2018. Prior 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 Prior Lake is located at latitude 44.7256 and longitude -93.4409 in Scott County. The formal boundaries for the City of Prior Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.96 sq. miles and a water area of 3.19 sq. miles. Scott County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 948 feet.

The City of Prior Lake (GNIS ID: 2396284) 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 Prior Lake: City of Prior Lake.

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


Total Population 26,207
Population in Households 26,156
Population in Familes 22,221
Population in Group Qrtrs 51
Population Density2 1,642
Diversity Index3 26


Median Household Income $104,122
Average Household Income $129,850
Per Capita Income $48,134


Total Housing Units 10,018 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,161 (81.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,513 (15.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 344 ( 3.4%)
Median Home Value $339,326
Average Home Value $409,071


Total Households 9,674
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 7,054
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 1.7% 1.6%
Households 1.65% 1.56%
Families 1.55% 1.48%
Median Household Income   2.0%
Per Capita Income   2.97%

Prior Lake, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Prior 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 # 38 96th
Population Density # 113 88th
Diversity Index # 209 77th
Median Household Income # 32 97th
Per Capita Income # 40 96th

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