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Forest Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Forest Lake had a population of 20,007 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Forest Lake is located at latitude 45.2507 and longitude -92.9668 in Washington County. The formal boundaries for the City of Forest Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.53 sq. miles and a water area of 4.99 sq. miles. Washington County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 912 feet.

The City of Forest Lake (GNIS ID: 2394789) 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 Forest 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 Forest Lake: City of Forest Lake.

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


Total Population 20,007
Daytime Population: Workers 8,268
Daytime Population: Residents 9,478
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 17,746
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 19,878
Population in Familes 16,573
Population in Group Qrtrs 129
Population Density2 655
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $73,832
Average Household Income $90,677
Per Capita Income $34,846


Total Housing Units 8,198 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,670 (69.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,990 (24.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 538 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $272,400
Average Home Value $300,251


Total Households 7,660
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 5,458
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 1.18% 1.22%
Households 1.22% 1.25%
Families 1.09% 1.17%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

Forest Lake, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest 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 # 59 94th
Population Density # 418 54th
Diversity Index # 297 68th
Median Household Income # 125 86th
Per Capita Income # 164 82nd

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