Prior Lake, MN
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Prior Lake is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 25,863 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Prior Lake is the 45th largest community in Minnesota.

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

Prior Lake is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Prior Lake is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Prior Lake who work in management occupations (13.67%), sales jobs (12.74%), and office and administrative support (11.69%).

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

Because of many things, Prior Lake is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Prior Lake really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Prior Lake perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Prior Lake is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Prior Lake, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Prior Lake is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.47% of adults in Prior Lake have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Prior Lake in 2010 was $42,725, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $170,900 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Prior Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.