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 Forest Lake (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 3,207 4,596 5,833 6,798 17,494 965 16.54
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.80 2.68 2.75 4.19 -- 1.44 52.51
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,781.67 1,714.93 2,121.09 1,620.84 -- -500.25 -23.58
Housing Units 1,117 1,880 2,471 2,897 -- 426 17.24
Households -- 1,752 2,292 2,805 6,806 513 22.38
Persons Per Household -- 2.54 2.48 2.38 2.54 -0.10 -3.93


Forest Lake is a city in Washington County, Minnesota. It is located on a lake of the same name, part of the drainage basin of the Sunrise River. Interstate 35 and U.S. Routes 8 and 61 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 kmē), of which, 4.2 square miles (10.9 kmē) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 kmē) of it (1.18%) is water. The elevation is 912 ft (278 m).

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As of the census of 2000, there were 6,798 people, 2,805 households, and 1,744 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,620.8 people per square mile (626.4/kmē). There were 2,897 housing units at an average density of 690.7/sq mi (267.0/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 97.18% White, 0.40% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 2,805 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,419, and the median income for a family was $52,898. Males had a median income of $38,333 versus $26,028 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,058. About 4.1% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

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FOREST LAKE Township, organized March 11, 1874, took the name of its city at the west end of a large lake so named from the heavy timber skirting its shores. The city was incorporated in 1896 as a village; it was laid out in 1868 by the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad as a fuel stop on the shore of the lake. A post office was established in 1869, with Michael Marsh as postmaster in his hotel; he was born in Germany in 1828, came to Minnesota in 1855, first to Hastings and then to Forest Lake, later moving to St. Paul.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Forest Lake City Hall
220 N Lake Street

Forest Lake, MN 55025

Phone: (651) 464-3550
Fax: (651) 464-4968

Mayor Stev Stegner --
City Administrator/Clerk Chip Robinson (651) 209-9750
Council Member Susan Young --
Council Member Bo Bogotty --
Council Member Jackie McNamara --
Council Member Jim DuFour --

Post Office:
US Post Office
78 6th Avenue SW
Forest Lake, MN
(651) 464-1353
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (651) 464-0070
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:00 pm
Saturday                3:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Connexus (763) 323-2650
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 481-4700
Natural Gas Xcel Energy (800) 481-4700
Wastewater City of Forest Lake  
Water City of Forest Lake  
Telephone CenturyLink (800) 603-6000
Cable TV US Cable (800) 783-2356

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
ISD # 831 Admin. of Education Prog. 1,000
Wal-Mart Other General Merchandise Stores 241
Birchwood Health Care Center Homes for the Elderly 212
Menards Home Centers 200
Target Other General Merchandise Stores 200
Cub Foods Grocery Stores 175
Marketplace Foods Grocery Stores 113
Wyard Industries Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 110
Gaughan Properties Residential Property Managers 106
Home Depot Home Centers 95
Allina Clinic - Forest Lake Offices of Physicians 90
Rainbow Foods Grocery Stores 90
St. Croix Forge, Inc. Iron & Steel Forging 88
Forest Lake Chrysler, Plymouth & Dodge Automobile Dealers 87
Perkins Full-Service Restaurants 80


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