Heron Lake, Minnesota

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Heron Lake, Minnesota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Heron Lake Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Heron Lake Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 17% Heron Lake Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Heron Lake, Minnesota

Comparing Heron 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 8
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 8 5
Racial Diversity 7 9
Age of the Population 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Female Share of the Population 3 4


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 4
Median Family Income 5 3
People Above Poverty 5 2
People in Middle Class or Better 4 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 8
Short Commute Times 8 6
Working at Home 7 5
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 10
People Living Alone 9 7
Affordability of Rents 8 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 4
Housing Recently Built 2 1

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Heron Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 70 miles E of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 130 miles SW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 56137
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.795
Longitude -95.32

Heron Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WINDOM
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 29 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 21 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 27.7 inches
Distance 31.5 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 26.2 inches
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Heron Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 768 100%
Male 380 49.5%
Female 388 50.5%
Under 18 205 26.7%
18+ 563 73.3%
65+ 188 24.5%
Median Age 38.8
Average Family Size 3.3
White 711 92.6%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 4 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 49 6.4%
Mixed Race 4 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 81 10.5%

Estimated Heron Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 766
Growth -2
Growth % -0.3%

Heron 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 57.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.4%
Norwegian 8.6%
US/American 5.6%
Irish 4.6%
English 4%
Dutch 1.8%
Austrian 1.6%
Czech 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Danish 0.8%
Swedish 0.6%
Luxemburger 0.6%
European 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Heron Lake 768 $40,625
Brewster 502 $44,625
Dundee 102 $32,000
Fulda 1,283 $37,500
Lakefield 1,721 $37,898
Okabena 185 $35,500
Windom 4,490 $43,350
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