Lake Elmo Minnesota

Pratt Homes is proud to be building custom homes in Lake Elmo 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 Lake Elmo, MN

1852 was the year when the 1st settlement a farm was established on what is now the southwest corner of the intersection of Manning Avenue & 30th Street. The name of the city took it from the nearby Lake Elmo.  The city was a part of the Oakdale Township until 1951 when it separated into East Oakdale and Oakdale. By 1972 this small commercial district was incorporated and when East Oakdale Township joined the village it now became the City of Lake Elmo, as we know it today.  The early farmers of Lake Elmo were of mostly German and Irish descent. Their specialty was Jersey and Holstein cattle as well a Yorkshire swine.  However, the city lost much of its agricultural prowess as more and more residential growth and suburban development followed.  The construction of the Lake Elmo Airport in 1952 kept the city on the map. Most of the city is part of the Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve located on the western shore of the lake.

Demographics of Lake Elmo, MN

Statistic Lake Elmo Minnesota National
Population 8,123 5,383,661 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 368 67 91
Median age 43.8 37.6 37.4
Male/Female ratio 1.0:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 71% 58% 55%
Speak English 96% 89% 79%
Speak Spanish 1% 4% 13%

Lake Elmo, MN Area Schools

Most of the city belong to the Stillwater School District.  Lake Elmo Elementary School and Oak-Land Jr. high School were recipients of the One to One Laptop Program sponsored by Apple Inc.,

Places of Worship in Lake Elmo, MN

  • Common Ground Church
  • Saint Lucas Community Church
  • Christ Lutheran Church
  • Jesuit Retreat House
  • Church on Mount Zion

Lake Elmo Businesses

The top employers in Lake Elmo belong to healthcare, warehouse and production and the transportation industry.

Cost of Living in Lake Elmo, MN

Index Lake Elmo Minnesota National
Cost of living 125 102 100
Goods & Services 109 107 100
Groceries 105 107 100
Health Care 103 108 100
Housing 174 101 100
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:

  • 96.13% is Caucasian
  • 0.00% is African-American
  • 2.67% is Asian
  • Cost of living is 25% higher than national average
  • Cost of housing is 74% higher than national average
  • Cost of living is 23% higher than state average

Lake Elmo Minnesota’s Best Restaurants & Nightlife

Lake Elmo Inn – Probably the best reviewed restaurant in the city, they offer great food and even tastier desserts.  Check out their filet mignon, which is perfectly done and juicy. Pair that with wild rice soup and you will have an amazing dinner. Friendly staff, good food and amazing service.

Twin Points Tavern  — This is considered to be one of the best bars in Lake Elmo and the best place to stop for some chicken wings and burgers. Their hamburgers are always big and juicy. The fried chicken is a must try. Clean kitchen and accommodating staff.

Danny’s – situated at the StoneRidge Golf Club, Danny’s is popular for serving delicious entrees by is award-winning chef. Perfect place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner, the food choices are superb and the bar is always full.

Fun Things to Do in Lake Elmo Minnesota

Lake Elmo Park Reserve – want to enjoy some lively outdoor fun? Visit the Lake Elmo Park Reserve and enjoy several acres of beautiful outdoors. Go camping, hiking and enjoy the nature trails by yourself or with a companion.  The trails are well appointed with lots of space for biking as well.

Lake Elmo Public Library – if you want to catch up on some reading about the history of the town, visit the Lake Elmo public library. Staff are very friendly and accommodating.

Vali-Hi Drive-In – If you truly want to feel that small town charm there is nothing that can encapsulate it than an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater. Have fun with family and enjoy the generous servings of popcorn while you sit and enjoy the latest movies.

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