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Frequently Asked Questions

When were prices and availability in Forest Lake, MN last updated?

Prices and availability in Forest Lake, MN were last updated on 1 Aug 2021.

What are the best apartments in Forest Lake, MN?

The best apartments in Forest Lake, MN are: Lighthouse Lofts, Forest Park II Apartments, The Village Apartments, North Shore Apartments and 956 Place Apartments.

What is the average rent in Forest Lake, MN?

The average rent in Forest Lake, MN is $1,108. Start your search for apartments in Forest Lake, MN now.

What is the price range for a studio apartment in Forest Lake, MN?

The price range for a studio apartment in Forest Lake, MN is between $793 and $874. View all studio apartments in Forest Lake, MN.

What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Forest Lake, MN?

The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Forest Lake, MN is between $541 and $1,050. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Forest Lake, MN now.

What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Forest Lake, MN?

The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Forest Lake, MN is between $541 and $1,050. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Forest Lake, MN.

What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Forest Lake, MN?

The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Forest Lake, MN is between $541 and $1,050. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Forest Lake, MN.

Renter’s Guide to Forest Lake, MN

Forest Lake is a nice mid-sized city that that's located in the northeast suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota. Known for its scenery and hospitality, it's a great place for people of all kinds to call home. In addition to the beautiful lakes, residents enjoy the small-town feel and all of the family-friendly amenities.

Situated within Washington County, the city covers a total of 36 sq. miles. However, approximately 31 sq. miles is land and the other 5 sq. miles is the large lake that the city is named after. In fact, it is one of the five biggest lakes in the entire state. A few of the nearby communities near Forest Lake include Columbus and Wyoming. Plus, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis /St. Paul are around 30 minutes away by car.

The weather in Forest Lake varies a lot throughout the year with temps ranging from 8°F to 82°F. While the summers are usually long and warm, the barometer rarely reaches 90°F. On the other hand, the winters are typically cold and windy with a good amount of snowfall, and average daily temperatures around 30°F.

Forest Lake, MN Demographics

  • Total Population20,004
  • Female 9,915
    Male 10,089
  • Median Age39.1

Cost of Living in Forest Lake, MN

The cost of living in Forest Lake is a little bit above the state and national average but not by much. Though housing may be slightly more than other places, some other things such as basic utilities actually cost less. The average utility bills for a one-bedroom rental in Forest Lake are around $115 per month, but winter months will typically be more due to heating costs. Also, a meal for one person in a mid-range restaurant costs about $15 to $20, and a medium cappuccino runs around $4.00.

Public transportation in Forest Lake is available and easily accessible. The average commute for residents is around 25 minutes and many utilize the Forest Lake Transit Center, which offers bus and train service. Fares start at $2.00 for both modes of transport and weekend or monthly passes can be bought as well. Plus, deals and special discounts are offered for seniors, disabled people and Medicare recipients, as well as kids.

Average Rent in Forest Lake, MN

  • Forest Lake, MN Average Rental Price, July 2021 $1,108 /mo

Forest Lake, MN Apartment Rent Ranges

Forest Lake, MN Rent Trends

Average Rent Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Jul / 2021
Forest Lake, MN $1,013 $1,013 $1,029 $1,056 $1,049 $1,075 $1,073 $1,088 $1,087 $1,108
National $1,317 $1,348 $1,357 $1,362 $1,394 $1,401 $1,403 $1,394 $1,397 $1,482

Living in Forest Lake, MN

Though the City of Forest Lake covers a good amount of area, the population here is modestly sized, so it isn't overcrowded. It's also a clean and safe place where the streets and public areas are well maintained and regularly patrolled. In addition to basically everything being accessible within the city, the Twin City metropolitan area is only 30 miles away and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport isn't too far either, taking around 40 minutes by car.

If there are any cons to be considered when living in Forest Lake, one could be the potentially harsh weather during winter. Not only can it get quite cold and snowy in this region, the season seems to last a little longer than other locations around the country. Another might be the cost of living, as housing, sales & income tax are higher than the national average.

Things to Do in Forest Lake, MN

There are lots of things to do in Forest Lake, MN no matter what the season. Of course, with Minnesota being the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it's an ideal place for water activities like boating and fishing. During the spring and summer many residents spend time at the lake, whether enjoying recreation on the water or relaxing along the shoreline. Of course you'll also find 'regular' recreation here as well such as shopping, restaurants, movie theatres, and more…

There are also many parks in Forest Lake and a few of them are Cedar, Lakeside, and Summerfield. In fact, the city maintains a total of 23 parks and 18 open spaces. Plus there are 14 playgrounds and 13 ball fields within the community. Then for adult entertainment, the Running Aces Casino and Racetrack is open year round with horse races held during the summertime.

Employment & Economy in Forest Lake, MN

Even though this is a smaller sized city, there are a variety of job opportunities in Forest Lake. In fact, the economy employs almost 11k people. Among the biggest industries here are Retail Trade, Health Care & Social Assistance and Manufacturing. And a few of the bigger employers within the city are the Department of Education and Wal-Mart.

Some of the most common jobs in Forest Lake for residents are Office & Administrative Support Positions along with Sales & Management Occupations. Also, among the highest paying industries in the region are Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, Agriculture, Mining, and Utilities. Furthermore, additional opportunities can be found in surrounding suburbs or the Twin Cities.

Forest Lake, MN Households

  • Total Number of Households7,588
  • Family 5,426
    Non-family 2,162
  • Children 2,423
    No Children 5,165
  • Average People Per Household2.62
  • Median Household Income$79,840
  • Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,282

Education in Forest Lake, MN

There is a total of 10 public schools in Forest Lake that provide education for grades Kindergarten through 12. They include 7 elementary, 1 middle, 1 standard high school, and 1 alternative high school called Forest Lake Area Community School. There are also private schools in Forest Lake including St. Peter Catholic School and a Montessori Academy.

Furthermore, there are several colleges near Forest Lake. In fact, we have almost 40 adult education institutions within 30 miles of the city. The closest college is Minnesota School of Business Blaine, which is approximately 11 miles away from Forest Lake center. There are also 7 community colleges and trade schools within 25 miles of Forest Lake. The closest being Century Community and Technical College, which is around 14 miles from Forest Lake city center.

Forest Lake, MN Education Statistics

Tips for Renting in Forest Lake, MN

There are a variety of options for rentals in Forest Lake, from small studio units to big houses. That's why it's advisable to know precisely what you're looking for prior to proceeding, which will help narrow down the search. Also, when viewing rentals in Forest Lake, don't simply rely on virtual tours and pictures. Though cool and convenient, they sometimes fail to provide a full view of the unit, property, and overall condition.

Additionally, before renting in Forest Lake or anyplace else across the country, it's a good idea to learn about your rights as a renter prior to committing and/or signing any lease. Landlord and tenant laws can often vary from state-to-state. Therefore, after reviewing the 'rules and regulations' in this region, you'll be more prepared to rent in Forest Lake!

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