The Lakes, Minnesota

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Population in 2010: 667. Population change since 2000: +7.8%
Males: 323  (48.6%)
Females: 344  (51.4%)
Median resident age:  60.5 years
Minnesota median age:  37.9 years

Zip codes: 56175.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $74,512 (it was $43,250 in 2000)
The Lakes:

$74,512
MN:

$65,599

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $39,295 (it was $23,980 in 2000)

The Lakes CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $326,382 (it was $112,900 in 2000)
The Lakes:

$326,382
MN:

$211,800

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $279,795; Detached houses: $286,668; Mobile homes: $81,343

Median gross rent in 2016: $1,101.

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  • Races in The Lakes, MN (2010)

    The Lakes races chart
    • 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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in The Lakes: 91.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (40.0%), Norwegian (11.7%), American (6.2%), Dutch (6.2%), Irish (5.0%), Swedish (3.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 35.8 square miles.

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

The Lakes,MN real estate house value index trend

The Lakes, Minnesota map

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): 23.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in The Lakes CDP:

  • Never married: 11.4%
  • Now married: 75.8%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 4.9%
  • Divorced: 7.4%

2 residents are foreign born

This place:

0.3%
Minnesota:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,351 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,349 (0.7%)

The Lakes satellite photo by USGS

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

The Lakes household income distribution The Lakes home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.8%
Minnesota:

3.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (20%)
  • Retail trade (18%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (29%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Management occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Community and social service occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in The Lakes: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in The Lakes, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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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 city 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 city 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)

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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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 77.6. This is about average.

City:

77.6
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 33.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

33.9
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.36. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.36
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 2.4%
(2.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
Minnesota average:

10.7

The Lakes travel time to work - commute The Lakes mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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

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
Murray County:

8.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.0%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Murray County:

27.3%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This 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

4.71% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,969 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.71%
Minnesota average:

6.51%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Nobles County, MN  1.01% ($30,743 average AGI)
from Lyon County, MN  0.46% ($25,813)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.38% ($26,154)


5.53% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,756 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.53%
Minnesota average:

6.71%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lyon County, MN  0.80% ($28,000 average AGI)
to Nobles County, MN  0.72% ($37,400)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.34% ($32,833)

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
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 6m20ftTotal length
  • 1,735Total average daily traffic
  • 1,741Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (77%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3%)
  • Utility gas (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

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 below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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