The Lakes, Minnesota

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Population in 2010: 667.
Population change since 2000: +7.8%
Males: 324  (48.6%)
Females: 343  (51.4%)
Median resident age:

60.5 years
Minnesota median age:

37.9 years

Zip codes: 56175.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $62,783 (it was $43,250 in 2000)
The Lakes:

$62,783
MN:

$68,388

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $37,375 (it was $23,980 in 2000)

The Lakes CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $214,137 (it was $112,900 in 2000)
The Lakes:

$214,137
MN:

$224,000

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $297,854; detached houses: $305,827; mobile homes: $88,446

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,133.

March 2019 cost of living index in The Lakes: 89.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 2.4%
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  • Races in The Lakes, MN (2010)
    • 66099.0%White alone
    • 50.7%Hispanic
    • 10.1%American Indian alone
    • 10.1%Two or more races

Races in The Lakes detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Ancestries: German (41.7%), Norwegian (12.7%), American (6.8%), Dutch (6.8%), Irish (5.2%), Swedish (4.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 35.8 square miles.

Population density: 19 people per square mile   (very low).

The Lakes, Minnesota map

2 residents are foreign born

This place:

0.3%
Minnesota:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,416 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,489 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (65.6 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (133.3 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (435.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Currie, MN (2.1 miles ),
Garvin, MN (2.6 miles),
Tracy, MN (2.9 miles ),
Dovray, MN (3.0 miles),
Slayton, MN (3.1 miles ),
Balaton, MN (3.4 miles ),
Hadley, MN (3.4 miles),
Avoca, MN (3.5 miles)

Latitude: 44.12 N, Longitude: 95.70 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 507

Distribution of median household income in The Lakes, MN in 2017
Distribution of house value in The Lakes, MN in 2017
The Lakes satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

6.9%
Minnesota:

4.1%
Most common industries in The Lakes, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (17.2%)
  • Educational services (11.3%)
  • Health care (9.9%)
  • Food (7.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (28.6%)
  • Educational services (8.0%)
  • Construction (6.0%)
  • Truck transportation (5.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.5%)
  • Food (5.0%)
  • Repair & maintenance (5.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (22.4%)
  • Educational services (15.4%)
  • Food (10.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.1%)
  • Public administration (5.1%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (4.5%)
Most common occupations in The Lakes, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (11.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (19.6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.5%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.5%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Registered nurses (7.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.4%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.1%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5.1%)

Average climate in The Lakes, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 58.2. This is better than average.

City:

58.2
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 30.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.6
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.19. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.19
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

The Lakes-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 44% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 3.9 miles away from the The Lakes place center killed 9 people and injured 150 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/16/1992, a category F5 tornado 11.3 miles away from the place center killed one person and injured 35 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

The Lakes-area historical earthquake activity is above Minnesota state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 108.1 miles away from The Lakes center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 184.0 miles away from The Lakes center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 111.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 185.8 miles away from the city center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 139.8 miles away from The Lakes center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 128.3 miles away from The Lakes center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Murray County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
The Lakes topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near The Lakes:

  • MURRAY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 10 miles away; SLAYTON, MN)
  • HOSPICE OF MURRAY COUNTY (Hospital, about 10 miles away; SLAYTON, MN)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - SLAYTON (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; SLAYTON, MN)
  • SANFORD WESTBROOK MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; WESTBROOK, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to The Lakes:

  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 24 miles; Marshall, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,711)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 48 miles; Granite Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,225)
  • South Dakota State University (about 56 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 67 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 67 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Ridgewater College (about 77 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)
  • South Central College (about 83 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in The Lakes: Valhalla Island Campground (A), Wolf Point Campground (B), Schreiers on Shetek Campground (C), Shetek Church Camp (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in The Lakes: Lake Sarah Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Bethany Cemetery (1), Lake Sarah Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Armstrong Slough (A), Webster Slough (B), Smith Lake (C), Lake Shetek (D), Lake Sarah (E), Round Lake (F), Robbins Slough (G), Park Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Beaver Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in The Lakes include: Lake Shetek State Park (1), Shetek State Wildlife Management Area (2), Lake Shetek State Monument (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Murray County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.1 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

72.9%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

5.4%
Whole state:

6.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in The Lakes:

Marital status in The Lakes, MN
  • Never married: 11.4%
  • Now married: 76.3%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 4.6%
  • Divorced: 7.2%

For population 25 years and over in The Lakes:

  • High school or higher: 93.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.4
Minnesota average:

10.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for The Lakes, MN (based on Murray County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,19016
Catholic2,3305
Evangelical Protestant1,1665
None2,039-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Murray County:

3.54 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

8.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Murray County:

11.81 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Murray County:

8.0%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Murray County:

27.3%
State:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Murray County:

10.1%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

41.7%
State:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
The Lakes:

45.8%
Minnesota:

46.1%

Average BMI:
The Lakes:

34.0
Minnesota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
The Lakes:

33.3%
Minnesota:

21.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
The Lakes:

7.2
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.3%
Minnesota:

33.2%

General health condition:
This city:

58.3%
Minnesota:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

86.7%
Minnesota:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of The Lakes, MN Residents

Strongest AM radio stations in The Lakes:

  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • KMHL (1400 AM; 1 kW; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: K M H L BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KWOA (730 AM; 1 kW; WORTHINGTON, MN)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in The Lakes:

  • KISD (98.7 FM; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KJOE (106.1 FM; SLAYTON, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KNSW (91.7 FM; WORTHINGTON-MARSHALL, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KARL (105.1 FM; TRACY, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K277AI (103.3 FM; RUSSELL, MN; Owner: CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRSW (89.3 FM; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KKCK (99.7 FM; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLQL (101.1 FM; LUVERNE, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KELO-FM (92.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KARZ (107.5 FM; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KNSG (94.7 FM; SPRINGFIELD, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KWOA-FM (95.1 FM; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around The Lakes:

  • KSMN (Channel 20; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL TV COMPANY)
  • KELO-TV (Channel 11; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KSFY-TV (Channel 13; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KDLT-TV (Channel 46; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K07TY (Channel 7; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: NOBLES BROADCASTING CO., LTD.)
  • KRWF (Channel 43; REDWOOD FALLS, MN; Owner: KSAX-TV, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 15Number of bridges
  • 62ft / 19.4mTotal length
  • $345,000,000Total costs
  • 3,380Total average daily traffic
  • 101Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,461Total future (year 2028) average daily traffic
New bridges in The Lakes, MN - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 41980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for The Lakes, MN
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in The Lakes, MN
  • 78.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 13.8%Electricity
  • 4.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.0%Other fuel
  • 0.7%Utility gas
  • 0.7%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in The Lakes, MN
  • 42.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 42.1%Electricity
  • 10.5%Utility gas
  • 5.3%Other fuel


The Lakes compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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