Lake Elmo, Minnesota

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Lake Elmo is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,863 at the 2000 census and is now estimated at approximately 8,300, as of December 2009.

Much of the area within the city limits is still farmland, so that the city has a very rural feel to it. However, the city density is likely to increase substantially over the next 15 years, due to a new city plan ordered following loss of a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Council, a regional planning authority.



Lake Elmo, just southwest of Stillwater, Minnesota, began with one farm in 1852 on the southwest corner of the intersection of what is now Manning Avenue and 30th Street, just southeast of downtown Lake Elmo and across the highway from the Lake Elmo Airport. The barn was originally built in 1875 and restored in 1998 as a house. The 1852 farmhouse was intentionally burned down in March 2007.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63.1 km²), of which, 22.9 square miles (59.2 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (6.28%) is water. Minnesota State Highway 36 serves as a main route.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,863 people, 2,347 households, and 1,924 families residing in the city. The population density was 300.4 people per square mile (116.0/km²). There were 2,389 housing units at an average density of 104.6/sq mi (40.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.82% White, 0.38% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.75% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.

There were 2,347 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 13.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

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