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Prior Lake is a city in Scott County, in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area.
The community was named for Charles Prior, railroad superintendent
The latitude of Prior Lake is 44.713N. The longitude is -93.422W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 948 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 20,038.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Prior Lake demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Scott County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Twin Cities area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 55378 ZIP code.
31% of Prior Lake residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Prior Lake ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Prior Lake was $32,089, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Prior Lake residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Prior Lake, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $640. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,369.
Libraries in Prior Lake include Prior Lake Branch Library ... View libraries
Scott County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Prior Lake political report.
The average commute time for Prior Lake workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Prior Lake between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Prior Lake include Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.
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