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Prior Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Prior Lake had a population of 26,053 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Prior 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 Prior Lake: City of Prior Lake.

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


Total Population 26,053
Daytime Population: Workers 16,294
Daytime Population: Residents 12,324
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 28,618
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 26,002
Population in Familes 22,202
Population in Group Qrtrs 51
Population Density2 1,633
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $100,212
Average Household Income $125,150
Per Capita Income $46,499


Total Housing Units 10,105 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,030 (79.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,606 (15.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 469 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $322,032
Average Home Value $396,749


Total Households 9,636
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 7,054
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 1.85% 1.68%
Households 1.83% 1.66%
Families 1.76% 1.61%
Median Household Income   1.73%
Per Capita Income   2.67%

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, 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 # 37 96th
Population Density # 111 88th
Diversity Index # 220 76th
Median Household Income # 31 97th
Per Capita Income # 41 96th

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