Forest Lake Minnesota


Pratt Homes is proud to be building custom homes in Forest Lake Minnesota and we’re happy that you’re considering living here.  We thought you might like to know a bit more about this interesting and vibrant community.

History of Forest Lake, MN

The first settlers of Forest Lake came as a result of the construction of the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad.  It got its name from the vast supply of timber that dotted its shores. The railroad was finished in 1869. Forest Lake became a township on March 11, 1874. The large demand for summer homes fueled the economy of the city and its surrounding townships. Over the years, a commercial district began to thrive and with it the development of parks, schools and other community facilities.  The small lake home village evolved into the city that it is known today when cabin owners began converting their property into year-round houses. A huge growth in population and the local economy was felt through the 70s all the way to the 90s with the township and city being combined into one.

Demographics of Forest Lake, MN

Statistic Forest Lake Minnesota National
Population 18,933 5,383,661 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 620 67 91
Median age 36.8 37.6 37.4
Male/Female ratio 1.0:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 60% 58% 55%
Speak English 92% 89% 79%
Speak Spanish 5% 4% 13%

Forest Lake, MN Area Schools

Some of the notable schools in Forest Lake include:

  • Forest Lake Senior High School
  • Southwest Jr.
  • Columbus Elementary School
  • Century Junior High School

Places of Worship in Forest Lake, MN

  • Centennial Evangelical Free Church
  • Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Forest Hills United Methodist Church

Forest Lake Businesses

Notable employers in Forest Lake include:

  • Forest Lake School District
  • Motion Maker Engineering
  • Field Rep Database LLC
  • US Army Recruiting

Cost of Living in Forest Lake, MN

Index Forest Lake Minnesota National
Cost of living 110 102 100
Goods & Services 109 107 100
Groceries 105 107 100
Health Care 103 108 100
Housing 122 101 100
Transportation 102 98 100
Utilities 91 87 100

Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.

Fast Facts

  • Population density is 831% higher than Minnesota
  • Average age is 2% lower than Minnesota
  • 94.03% is Caucasian
  • 0.68% is African-American
  • 2.54% is Asian
  • Cost of living is 7% higher than the state average
  • Cost of living is 10% higher than national average
  • Cost of housing is 22% higher than national average

Forest Lake Minnesota’s Best Restaurants & Nightlife

Old Log Cabin Restaurant — One of the best places to dine in the city check out their tasty and innovative soups, superb prime rib and walleye. The broasted chicken is a must-try. Great food, great ambience at a reasonable price.

Acqua – known for using quality ingredients in their dishes, Acqua is one of the better restaurants in Forest Lake. They offer an amazing ambience, excellent staff and superb food.  Do try their prime rib and red potato on the side. The Osso Bucco paired with a Pinot Noir is perfect. They also have a good desert selection for sweet tooth lovers.

Keys Café and Bakery – Great place to have breakfast whenever you are passing by the city. Restaurant offers fast, friendly and accommodating service and the portions are quite nice. Try their muffins, which are out of this world.

Fun Things to Experience Forest Lake Minnesota

There are a lot of fun things to do in Forest Lake. If you find yourself in the city during the 4th of July celebration you get to enjoy a multi-day parade that includes live music, a carnival, parade and of course, fireworks. Every second Saturday of August there is an event called the Northern Lights Paddle, Yoga and Music festival, which people of all ages can enjoy.  The Arts in the Park event offers residents and guests with a weekly Farmer’s Market. Enjoy a collection of delectable baked goodies, fresh fruit and produce.

Forest Lake Minnesota truly is a great place to live.  If you’d like to talk to us about building your custom home here in Forest Lake, give us a call.  We can’t wait to meet you.