56159 ZIP Code Profile, Map, Data & Demographics

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Mountain Lake, MN

ZIP Code 56159: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Mountain Lake, MN 56159

Not Acceptable, USPS
Mt Lake, MN 56159

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  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • County: Cottonwood County
  • Centroid: Latitude 43.94, Longitude -94.929
  • Time Zone: Central Time Zone (UTC -6 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 56159 has segments in 3 Counties (Cottonwood, Jackson, Watonwan).

  • Businesses Addresses: 87
  • PO Box Addresses: 158
  • Residential Addresses: 933
    • Multi-Family Addresses: 96
    • Single Family Addresses: 837

The ZIP Code maps and database are updated 4 times per year.
Database updated: October 1, 2022, Maps updated: August 12, 2022.


Mountain Lake, MN 56159 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 2,718 (100%)
Population in Households 2,629 (96.7%)
Population in Families 2,152 (79.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 89 ( 3.3%)
Population Density 22
Diversity Index2 51


Median Household Income $54,351
Average Household Income $68,410
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $26,417
Wealth Index5 52


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,103 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 721 (65.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 277 (25.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 105 ( 9.5%)
Median Home Value $110,625
Average Home Value $160,749
Housing Affordability Index3 235


Total Households 998
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 650
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.82% -0.45%
Households -1.18% -0.53%
Families   -0.47%
Median Household Income   2.49%
Per Capita Income   2.92%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.17%

Mountain Lake, MN 56159 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 56159 to the other 878 ZIP Codes in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 362 59th
Population Density # 467 47th
Median Household Income # 819 7th
Housing Affordability Index # 832 95th
Per Capita Income # 849 3rd
Diversity Index # 94 90th

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