Elbow Lake, Minnesota

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Elbow Lake, Minnesota

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Elbow 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 9% Elbow Lake Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Elbow Lake, Minnesota

Comparing Elbow 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 9 10
Age of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Well-Paid Single Men 5 2
Racial Diversity 5 5
Male Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 5
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 6
People Above Poverty 7 5
People in Middle Class or Better 5 2
Median Family Income 5 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 9
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Public Transportation Use 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 8 7
Affordability of Rents 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3
Housing Recently Built 3 3

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Elbow Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 72 miles SE of Fargo, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 149 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Grant
Standard Zip Codes 56531
Phone Area Codes 218
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.994
Longitude -95.976

Elbow 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 0.9 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
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 17 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 59 F
Annual Precip 21.8 inches
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 18 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 25.3 inches
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Elbow Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,275 100%
Male 584 45.8%
Female 691 54.2%
Under 18 317 24.9%
18+ 958 75.1%
65+ 315 24.7%
Median Age 39.5
Average Family Size 2.93
White 1,242 97.4%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 6 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.2%
Other 10 0.8%
Mixed Race 14 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 17 1.3%

Estimated Elbow Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,225
Growth -50
Growth % -3.9%

Elbow 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 35.5%
Norwegian 35%
Swedish 5.8%
English 4%
US/American 3.3%
Irish 3.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3%
Scandinavian 2.1%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Dutch 1.5%
Danish 1.3%
Czech 0.9%
Polish 0.7%
European 0.7%
Finnish 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Italian 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Erdahl (56531)

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)
Elbow Lake 1,275 $38,611
Ashby 472 $39,375
Barrett 355 $37,813
Dalton 258 $35,536
Evansville 566 $36,364
Hoffman 672 $42,955
Wendell 177 $39,375

Elbow Lake Public Libraries

Elbow Lake: Thorson Mem Library
Elbow Lake, Minnesota
(218) 685-6850

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