Prior Lake

About

Prior Lake is a city 20 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis seated next to Savage and Shakopee in Scott County in the state of Minnesota. Surrounding the shores of Lower and Upper Prior Lake, the city lies south of the Minnesota River in an area known as South of the River and establishes the urban fringe of the south-southwest portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The population of Prior Lake was 22,796 at the 2010.

Prior Lake was first incorporated as a village in 1891. Prior Lake is one of the oldest cities in the south metro area. The city’s modern rapid growth is due in part to the ease of access for commuters to the rest of the region, via the upgraded State Highway 13.

Demographics

As of the 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $75,363, and the median income for a family was $81,011. The per capita income for the city was $32,089. About 1.7% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line.

2019
As of of 2019, there were 22,796 people, 8,447 households, and 6,211 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,476.4 inhabitants per square mile (570.0/km2). There were 8,882 housing units at an average density of 575.3 per square mile (222.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.0% White, 1.5% African American, 1.6% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 8,447 households of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.5% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.

The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

 

Government and politics

Prior Lake is governed by a mayor and four council members serving at large. The city Mayor and Council are elected non-partisan. The city mayor is Kirt Briggs. He succeeded Ken Hedberg, who won an uncontested election in 2012, succeeding Mike Myser. The council members are Kevin Burkhardt, Mike McGuire, Zach Braid, and Annette Thompson. The city is run by a City Manager, Frank Boyles. The city is in Minnesota Legislative District 35A. The State Senate District 55 Senator is Eric Pratt (R). The district 55B Representative is Tony Albright (Republican).

 

Notable people

Thomas Fluharty, illustrator, and his family live in Prior Lake.
John Robert Roach, Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis (1975–1995) was born in Prior Lake on July 31, 1921.
Eric Pratt, Minnesota State Senator
Jordan Schroeder, born September 29, 1990 is an ice hockey player chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009 NHL draft.
Erik Westrum, 11-year professional hockey player who now resides in Prior Lake.
Teal Bunbury, professional soccer player for the New England Revolution.
Kylie Bunbury, model and actress.
CallMeKarizma, famous alternative/pop singer
Becca Kufrin, Television Personality
Brock Boeser, Professional Hockey Player For The Vancouver Canucks

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