New Prague, Minnesota

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New Prague is a city in Le Sueur and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 4,559 at the 2000 census.

The city is named after Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and the city and surrounding area reflect the Czech origins of many of their first settlers. The pronunciation of the city is /ˈpreɪɡ/ prayg, unlike the city in Europe. [1]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), all of it land. The land around the area varies from flat, to hilly.

Minnesota State Highways 13, 19, and 21 are three of the main routes in the community.

There is one lake in the New Prague area, Cedar Lake (Scott County). The lake is a popular destination for fishing, ice fishing, water skiing, and jet skiing. A snowmobile trail runs through the lake during the winter season. An aerated area is located in the eastern part of the lake. The lake is 779.5 acres (3.155 km2), has a maximum depth of 13 feet (4.0 m) and has a 3.1-foot (0.94 m) water clarity. There are numerous developments in the area, including a new development located on County Road 89 on the west side of the lake (which is located outside of the New Prague City Limits).

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,559 people, 1,694 households, and 1,180 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,731.3 people per square mile (669.3/km²). There were 1,735 housing units at an average density of 658.9/sq mi (254.7/km²). The population on the city limit signs claim New Prague holds 6,391 people. The racial makeup of the city was 98.25% White, 0.13% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population. 38.1% were of German, 20.9% Czech, 8.8% Norwegian, 8.0% Irish and 5.4% Czechoslovakian ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.6% spoke English, 5.5% Czech and 1.2% German as their first language.

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