Buffalo Lake, Minnesota

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Buffalo Lake, Minnesota

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Buffalo 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 12% Buffalo Lake Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Buffalo Lake, Minnesota

Comparing Buffalo 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 9
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 5
Age of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Racial Diversity 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 7
Average Household Size 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 7 5
Median Family Income 7 4
People Above Poverty 6 3
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 8
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 3
Public Transportation Use 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 7
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 4
Housing Recently Built 3 2

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Buffalo Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles W of Minnetonka, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Renville
Standard Zip Codes 55314
Phone Area Codes 320
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.737
Longitude -94.616

Buffalo 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 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 29 inches
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 20 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 27.1 inches
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 28.8 inches
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Buffalo Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 768 100%
Male 358 46.6%
Female 410 53.4%
Under 18 190 24.7%
18+ 578 75.3%
65+ 200 26%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 2.96
White 710 92.4%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 2 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.5%
Other 51 6.6%
Mixed Race 1 0.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 74 9.6%

Estimated Buffalo Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 762
Growth -6
Growth % -0.8%

Buffalo 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
German 56.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.1%
Norwegian 8.1%
Swedish 4.9%
Irish 3.5%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
US/American 2.2%
English 1.7%
Scandinavian 1.3%
Danish 0.9%
French Canadian 0.7%
Polish 0.6%
Czech 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Iranian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Buffalo Lake 768 $43,958
Bird Island 1,195 $48,750
Brownton 807 $48,500
Cosmos 582 $36,750
Gibbon 808 $38,977
Hector 1,166 $41,477
Stewart 564 $42,222
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