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Welcome to Forest Lake ...

The city of Forest Lake is located in Washington County<1>.

The location of Forest Lake has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

A typical abbreviation for Forest Lake: Forest Lk.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Forest Lake has a population of 20,933 people<3> (see below for details).

Forest Lake was established in 1874.

The community of Forest Lake is 930 feet [283 m] above sea level.<4>.

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<5>

Websites for Forest Lake ...

Official Website:   www.ci.forest-lake.mn.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.flacc.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Forest Lake had an population of 20,933 people. This is an increase of 13.92% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 207.93% since the 2000 Census).

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 (which had a count of 6,798 people).

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

Adding Forest Lake to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Forest Lake in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Forest Lake elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Forest Lake on our Genealogy Page.

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.

Communities near Forest Lake ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Forest Lake.

  • Blaine [Anoka County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blaine
    • Blaine [Anoka County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Forest Lake
    • Estimated population in 2019: 65,607 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blaine have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blaine
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blaine<7>
  • Coon Rapids [Anoka County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coon Rapids
    • Coon Rapids [Anoka County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Forest Lake
    • Estimated population in 2019: 62,998 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coon Rapids
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coon Rapids<7>
  • Maplewood [Ramsey County]
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    • Maplewood [Ramsey County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the south of Forest Lake
    • Estimated population in 2019: 40,885 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maplewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maplewood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maplewood<7>
  • Roseville [Ramsey County]
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    • Roseville [Ramsey County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Forest Lake
    • Estimated population in 2019: 36,457 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roseville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roseville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roseville<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Andover [Anoka County]
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      • Andover [Anoka County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Forest Lake
      • Estimated population in 2019: 33,140 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Andover have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Andover
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Andover<7>
    • Oakdale [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakdale
      • Oakdale [Washington County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the south of Forest Lake
      • Estimated population in 2019: 27,933 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oakdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakdale<7>
    • Fridley [Anoka County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fridley
      • Fridley [Anoka County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southwest of Forest Lake
      • Estimated population in 2019: 27,826 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fridley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fridley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fridley<7>
    • Shoreview [Ramsey County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shoreview
      • Shoreview [Ramsey County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Forest Lake
      • Estimated population in 2019: 27,130 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shoreview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shoreview
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shoreview<7>
    • White Bear Lake [Ramsey County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Bear Lake
      • White Bear Lake [Ramsey County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the south of Forest Lake
      • Estimated population in 2019: 25,875 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Bear Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White Bear Lake<7>
    • New Brighton [Ramsey County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Brighton
      • New Brighton [Ramsey County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Forest Lake
      • Estimated population in 2019: 22,753 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Brighton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Brighton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Brighton<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Forest Lake. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Forest Lake.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Forest Lake.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Forest Lake. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Forest Lake.

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 can read an overview with links that will help you 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Washington County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Forest Lake: www.ci.forest-lake.mn.us/

The official website for Washington County: www.co.washington.mn.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Minnesota's counties, including Washington, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Forest Lake.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Forest Lake - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. 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, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Forest Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.2536, Longitude: -92.9581       In this case, the coordinates for Forest Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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