White Bear Lake Minnesota


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

At around the time Minnesota State was created in 1858, the first European settlers came to establish the White Bear Township, which consisted of about 38 square miles of territory.  It was the land’s beautiful panoramic lakes, fertile ground and abundant game that piqued the interest of the early settlers to live there permanently. When news of the area’s scenic lakes and prairies reached nearby towns, it attracted a lot of visitors, which generated a tourist economy and developed the area as a resort. Folks would ride by steamboat via the Mississippi River or by train in order to visit White Bear Lake.  Not long after, hotels, restaurants, shops and stores began dotting the city streets in order to accommodate the needs of visitors.  The turn of the century brought with it new industries to White Bear Lake such as farming and lumber while the resort industry waned. Community leaders voted to incorporate in 1921. Further growth and development continued and by the 70s and 80s new parcels of land were acquired via the city’s effort to lengthen roads and utilities for the people. Today 24,000 people call White Bear Lake home.

Demographics of White Bear Lake, MN

Statistic White Bear Lake Minnesota National
Population 24,398 5,383,661 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 3,044 67 91
Median age 41.4 37.6 37.4
Male/Female ratio 0.9:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 61% 58% 55%
Speak English 92% 89% 79%
Speak Spanish 1% 4% 13%

White Bear Lake, MN Area Schools

The White Bear Lake School District comprises 9 elementary schools, two middle schools and 2 high schools.  There are also some private schools in the city such as Frassati Catholic Academy and St Anne’s Academy.  Century College is located in White Bear Lake.

Places of Worship in White Bear Lake, MN

  • St. Mary of the Lake Church
  • St. John’s in The Wilderness
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church
  • St. Pius X Church

White Bear Lake Businesses

The top employers in the city are in the food and restaurant, healthcare, retail and sales and marketing industry.

Cost of Living in White Bear Lake

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

  • The average age in White Bear Lake is 10% higher than the state
  • 88.59% is Caucasian
  • 2.39% is African-American
  • 5.94% is Asian
  • Cost of living is 3% higher than the state average
  • Cost of living is 5% higher than the national average
  • Cost of housing is 7% higher than the national average

White Bear Lake Minnesota’s Best Restaurants & Nightlife

Pizzeria Pezzo Restaurant — Great pizza place with an interesting mix of flavor combos for their pizzas. Try their thin crust as well as the Chicago style thick crust version.  They also make a pretty awesome roast beef sandwich with mild horseradish sauce.  Known for big portions, the Caesar salad alone is enough to satisfy two adults and a couple of kids. If you are looking for authentic coal fired pizza this is the place to be.

Bear Town Bar & Grill — The best place to get broasted chicken wings in White Bear Lake. Do check out their famous barbecue ribs, which are served huge for people with huge appetites. Service is always top notch and friendly.

Orchid Restaurant – Looking to satisfy a craving for Asian fusion? The Orchid restaurant is the place you need to go.  Do try the Sesame chicken and the spring rolls which are absolutely fabulous.  For lunch they offer a special where you can get your fave fried ice or chicken wings plus your choice of 8 entrees for just $9.50.  The General Tso Chicken is the best in White Bear Lake.

Fun Things to do in White Bear Lake Minnesota

White Bear Lake offers a fun outdoor family activity vibe. There is an exciting activity for every member of the family. Check out the fishing in the open waters of the lake or have fun riding a jet ski. There are rows upon rows of beautiful apple trees, take a stroll down the docks or have a jolly good time at the ice skating rink.  Want to soak up on some local culture? Do catch a play or a concert or reflect at an art gallery.

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