Forest Lake, MN
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Forest Lake is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 19,618 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Forest Lake is the 59th largest community in Minnesota.

Forest Lake real estate is some of the most expensive in Minnesota, although Forest Lake house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Forest Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forest Lake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forest Lake who work in management occupations (13.40%), office and administrative support (12.93%), and sales jobs (9.67%).

Also of interest is that Forest Lake has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Forest Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.21 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

In terms of college education, Forest Lake is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.76% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Forest Lake in 2010 was $30,652, which is upper middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $122,608 for a family of four. However, Forest Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Forest Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forest Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Forest Lake include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Forest Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.