Sunfish Lake, Minnesota

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Sunfish Lake is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 504 at the 2000 census. First incorporated as a village in 1958, the city's goal has been to maintain a rural atmosphere, with large lot size and as little disturbance of the natural environment as possible.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (7.06%) is water.

The city is bordered by Highways 110 to the north, 3 to the east, 60th Street West/Peiper Road to the south and Delaware Avenue to the east. I-494 runs through the city with an exit at 3.

Most of the city is heavily wooded, on moraine topography with many slopes and wetlands and three small private lakes - Hornbeam Lake, Horseshoe Lake and the eponymous Sunfish Lake. For new construction, the minimum lot size is 2.5 acres of buildable land to keep with the city's goal of maintaining a rural atmosphere.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 504 people, 173 households, and 147 families residing in the city. The population density was 319.0 people per square mile (123.2/km²). There were 178 housing units at an average density of 112.7/sq mi (43.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.83% White, 2.58% Asian, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.78% of the population.

There were 173 households out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.0% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.0% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% 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 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

Sunfish Lake is one of the wealthiest towns in America. The median income for a household in the city was $148,410, and the median income for a family was $161,491. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $55,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $82,347. About 0.7% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

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