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Forest Lake, Minnesota

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Welcome to Forest Lake ...

The city of Forest Lake is located in Washington County.

A typical abbreviation for Forest Lake: Forest Lk.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Forest Lake has a population of 19,879 people<1> (see below for details).

Forest Lake was established in 1874.

The community of Forest Lake is 930 feet [283 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Forest Lake lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Forest Lake lies within the (651) area code.

The ZIP code for Forest Lake: 55025<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Forest Lake had a population of 18,375 people (which is 7.72% of the total population of Washington County). This makes Forest Lake the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Forest Lake represents 0.35% of the total population of Minnesota (which has 5,303,925 people), making it the state's 59th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 18,375 people, the population of Forest Lake increased 170.3% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 6,798 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Forest Lake had an population of 19,879 people. This is an increase of 8.19% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 192.42% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Forest Lake.

Communities near Forest Lake ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are driving it.<4>.

Community   2017
Andover   [Map]   32,902   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Blaine   [Map]   64,557   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Coon Rapids   [Map]   62,656   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Fridley   [Map]   27,853   SW   18 miles [29 km]
Maplewood   [Map]   40,918   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
New Brighton   [Map]   22,787   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Forest Lake.

Communities Also Named Forest Lake ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 17 communities that are also named Forest Lake - they are located in Alabama, California (2), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (4) and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Forest Lake.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Forest Lake. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Forest Lake. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Forest Lake. Our list includes 5 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Forest Lake:

Websites for Forest Lake ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Forest Lake ...

Looking for more information about Forest Lake? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Forest Lake, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Forest Lake.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People have found Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Forest Lake. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Washington County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Forest Lake:

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Forest Lake.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Forest Lake - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Forest Lake). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Forest Lake or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Forest Lake. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Forest Lake) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Forest Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Forest Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.2536, Longitude: -92.9581     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forest Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Forest Lake.


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