Battle Lake, Minnesota

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Battle Lake strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Minnesota):

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Short Commute Times
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Top 19% Battle Lake Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
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Top 19% Battle Lake Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Battle Lake, Minnesota

Comparing Battle Lake to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Minnesota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Racial Diversity 5 6
Well-Paid Single Men 5 1
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 4
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7
People Above Poverty 4 2
Median Family Income 4 1
People in Middle Class or Better 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Short Commute Times 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 4 3
Public Transportation Use 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Affordability of Rents 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 7
Housing Recently Built 4 4

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Battle Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles SE of Fargo, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 148 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Otter Tail
Standard Zip Codes 56515
Phone Area Codes 218
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.28
Longitude -95.713

Battle Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 20 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 26.6 inches
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp -5 to 16 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 33 to 57 F
Annual Precip 23.3 inches
Station WADENA 3 S
Distance 28.1 miles
Jan Temp -5 to 16 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 32 to 55 F
Annual Precip 26.4 inches
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Battle Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 686 100%
Male 319 46.5%
Female 367 53.5%
Under 18 149 21.7%
18+ 537 78.3%
65+ 220 32.1%
Median Age 48
Average Family Size 2.79
White 676 98.5%
African-American 2 0.3%
Asian 3 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 4 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 10 1.5%

Estimated Battle Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 778
Growth 92
Growth % 13.4%

Battle Lake Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Norwegian 38.4%
German 34.4%
Swedish 6.5%
US/American 3.7%
Irish 2.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2%
Polish 2%
English 2%
Czech 1.7%
Northern European 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Finnish 1.2%
French Canadian 1%
Scandinavian 1%
Danish 0.7%
Scottish 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Battle Lake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Amor (56515)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Battle Lake 686 $36,250
Ashby 472 $39,375
Clitherall 118 $30,625
Dalton 258 $35,536
Henning 719 $31,932
Ottertail 451 $43,750
Underwood 319 $34,375
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Battle Lake High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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