Wood Lake, Minnesota

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Population in 2013: 422 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -3.2%
 
Males: 202  (48.1%)
Females: 220  (51.9%)
Median resident age:  41.5 years
Minnesota median age:  37.7 years

Zip codes: 56297.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,228 (it was $38,203 in 2000)
Wood Lake:

$45,228
MN:

$60,702

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $23,758 (it was $16,903 in 2000)

Wood Lake city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $66,615 (it was $37,500 in 2000)
Wood Lake:

$66,615
MN:

$180,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $77,402; Detached houses: $79,145; Mobile homes: $37,682

Median gross rent in 2013: $599.

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  • Races in Wood Lake, MN (2010)

    Wood Lake races chart
    • 39088.8%White alone
    • 337.5%Hispanic
    • 133.0%American Indian alone
    • 30.7%Two or more races

Races in Wood Lake detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Wood Lake: 86.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (37.5%), Norwegian (24.7%), United States (4.7%), Czech (3.0%), Irish (2.6%), Polish (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1050 feet

Land area: 0.80 square miles.

Population density: 524 people per square mile   (low).

Wood Lake,MN real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Wood Lake:

  • High school or higher: 93.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Wood Lake city:

  • Never married: 17.2%
  • Now married: 60.0%
  • Separated: 0.4%
  • Widowed: 10.4%
  • Divorced: 12.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $968 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $908 (1.4%)

Wood Lake satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Cloud, MN (91.4 miles , pop. 59,107).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (113.5 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (440.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Hanley Falls, MN (2.2 miles ), Echo, MN (2.6 miles ), Cottonwood, MN (2.7 miles ), Belview, MN (3.3 miles ), Granite Falls, MN (3.3 miles ), Hazel Run, MN (3.3 miles) , Vesta, MN (3.4 miles ), Sacred Heart, MN (3.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2003: 3 buildings, average cost: $100,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 44.65 N, Longitude: 95.54 W

Area code: 507

Wood Lake household income distribution Wood Lake home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.2%
Minnesota:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +30 (+7.4%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (24%)
  • Wholesale trade (16%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (12%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Finance and insurance (19%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation occupations (22%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Material moving occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Wood Lake: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Wood Lake, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Wood Lake-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 15% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 24.5 miles away from the Wood Lake city center killed 9 people and injured 150 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 7/25/2000, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.6 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 15 people and caused $20 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wood Lake-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 85% 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 74.5 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 79.7 miles away from Wood Lake center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 193.6 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 212.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 101.7 miles away from Wood Lake center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 157.1 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 Yellow Medicine County (17) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wood Lake topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Wood Lake:

  • GRANITE FALLS MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 11 miles away; GRANITE FALLS, MN)
  • REN-VILLA (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; RENVILLE, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wood Lake:

  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 11 miles; Granite Falls, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,225)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 18 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Ridgewater College (about 41 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)
  • South Dakota State University (about 66 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 81 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,496)
  • South Central College (about 81 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 84 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • The public school in Wood Lake was torn down last fall. Students attend a brand new K-12 school in Cottonwood, MN.
  • No more Public primary/middle school in Wood Lake
  • The public school in Wood Lake was torn down last fall. Students attend a brand new K-12 school in Cottonwood, MN.

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Notable locations in Wood Lake: Wood Lake (A), Wood Lake Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Wood Lake include: Saint John's Lutheran Church (A), United Methodist Church (B), Saint John's Lutheran Church (C), United Methodist Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Yellow Medicine 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 2012 was 74.1. This is about average.

City:

74.1
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 32.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.0
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 7.37. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 19.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.37
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.6%
(5.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 58.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 90.9% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  65.2%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  11.0%
Whole state:  6.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Wood Lake compared to Minnesota state average:

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

Banks with branches in Wood Lake (2011 data):

  • First Independent Bank: Of Wood Lake at Main Street, branch established on 1902/04/01. Info updated 2012/01/11: Bank assets: $205.8 mil, Deposits: $186.4 mil, headquarters in Russell, MN, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: Finlayson Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Minnesota average:

10.7

Wood Lake travel time to work - commute Wood Lake mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (76%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10%)
  • Electricity (9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Wood Lake city (based on Yellow Medicine County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant5,64716
Catholic2,2743
Evangelical Protestant1,80615
None711-
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: 4
Yellow Medicine County:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Yellow Medicine County:

0.99 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Yellow Medicine County:

6.92 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Here:

8.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.7%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Yellow Medicine County:

27.0%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.3%
State:

13.0%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$2,190$26,2800$0
Other Government Administration 6$206$4120$0
Firefighters 0$0 36$2
Water Supply 1$3,384$40,6080$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 5$1,530
Totals for Government 8$5,780$8,67041$1,532

Wood Lake government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $261,000 ($618.48)
    Water Utilities: $94,000 ($222.75)
    Regular Highways: $92,000 ($218.01)
    Fire Protection: $54,000 ($127.96)
    Sewerage: $37,000 ($87.68)
    Solid Waste Management: $29,000 ($68.72)
    Parks & Recreation: $29,000 ($68.72)
    General - Other: $15,000 ($35.55)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($33.18)
    Health Services - Other: $9,000 ($21.33)
    Central Staff Services: $6,000 ($14.22)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $13,000 ($30.81)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $98,000 ($232.23)
    Sewerage: $67,000 ($158.77)
    Parks & Recreation: $4,000 ($9.48)
    Water Utilities: $3,000 ($7.11)
    General - Other: $3,000 ($7.11)
    Liquor Stores: $2,000 ($4.74)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $45,000 ($106.64)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $10,000 ($23.70)

Wood Lake government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $50,000 ($118.48)
    All Other: $29,000 ($68.72)
    Solid Waste Management: $29,000 ($68.72)
    Parks & Recreation: $11,000 ($26.07)
    Regular Highways: $1,000 ($2.37)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $7,000 ($16.59)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $40,000 ($94.79)
    Special Assessments: $13,000 ($30.81)
    Interest Earnings: $8,000 ($18.96)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $252,000 ($597.16)
    Water Utilities: $47,000 ($111.37)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $127,000 ($300.95)
    All Other: $7,000 ($16.59)
  • Tax - Property: $81,000 ($191.94)
    NEC: $1,000 ($2.37)

Wood Lake government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $174,000 ($412.32)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $221,000 ($523.70)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $76,000 ($180.09)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $249,000 ($590.05)
    Water Utilities: $170,000 ($402.84)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $48,000 ($113.74)
    Water Utilities: $4,000 ($9.48)

Wood Lake government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $20,000 ($47.39)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $337,000 ($798.58)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $7,000 ($16.59)

4.79% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,327 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.79%
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 Lyon County, MN  0.88% ($31,108 average AGI)
from Chippewa County, MN  0.36% ($20,733)
from Renville County, MN  0.33% ($58,929)


6.23% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,004 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.23%
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  1.00% ($32,558 average AGI)
to Chippewa County, MN  0.77% ($25,697)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.30% ($32,077)

Strongest AM radio stations in Wood Lake:

  • 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.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KMHL (1400 AM; 1 kW; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: K M H L BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • KLGR (1490 AM; 1 kW; REDWOOD FALLS, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KDMA (1460 AM; 1 kW; MONTEVIDEO, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wood Lake:

  • KKRC (93.9 FM; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMGM (105.5 FM; MONTEVIDEO, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KRSU (91.3 FM; APPLETON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KNSG (94.7 FM; SPRINGFIELD, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KNCM (88.5 FM; APPLETON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KARZ (107.5 FM; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KARL (105.1 FM; TRACY, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KOLV (100.1 FM; OLIVIA, MN; Owner: BOLD RADIO, INC.)
  • K277AI (103.3 FM; RUSSELL, MN; Owner: CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLGR-FM (97.7 FM; REDWOOD FALLS, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KDJS-FM (95.3 FM; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • K292FC (106.3 FM; REDWOOD FALLS, MN; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)

TV broadcast stations around Wood Lake:

  • KRWF (Channel 43; REDWOOD FALLS, MN; Owner: KSAX-TV, INC.)
  • K18DI (Channel 18; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K24CS (Channel 24; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K26DG (Channel 26; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K32DR (Channel 32; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K47EA (Channel 47; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K63AU (Channel 63; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K65BA (Channel 65; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K67AN (Channel 67; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K69DP (Channel 69; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K61AU (Channel 61; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K16CP (Channel 16; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K22DO (Channel 22; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K35DK (Channel 35; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K45DJ (Channel 45; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • KWCM-TV (Channel 10; APPLETON, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL TV COMPANY)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 0mTotal length
  • 888Total average daily traffic
  • 1,350Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KC0IQA, Licensee ID: L00277433
    Grant Date: 11/03/2010, Expiration Date: 11/03/2020, Certifier: Dustin R Hansen
    Registrant: Dustin R Hansen, 1771 565th St, Wood Lake, MN 56297

Most common first names in Wood Lake, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1078.5 years
Walter1080.2 years
Henry777.6 years
Ella685.5 years
Herbert571.4 years
Arthur578.0 years
Emma587.8 years
John580.4 years
Carl482.5 years
Elmer475.5 years
Most common last names in Wood Lake, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Timm1386.3 years
Henke879.1 years
Just779.3 years
Schlenner778.3 years
Schmidt783.0 years
Bahn681.7 years
Stelter676.8 years
Markgraf686.3 years
Nelson681.3 years
Schrupp673.4 years
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