Long Lake Homes & Real Estate


Long Lake 

Long Lake is among the smallest communities in Hennepin County, Twin Cities, Minnesota, with only 574 acres and barely 1,842 residents. Despite its size, Long Lake is a fully developed community with 254 business establishments providing 1,143 jobs. 

Looking at what is has to offer, the city has a lot of potential for growth and development. However, the local government is faced with a lot of challenges including the task of managing its limited resource to maximize economic growth while retaining the atmosphere of a small city. 

Community Profile 

Based on the 2000 census, Long Lake has a total of 756 households occupying an estimated 764 housing units. Majority or 96.63% of the residents are Whites, followed by African Americans (1.30%) and Hispanics or Latinos (1.14%). The rest of the population is made up of Asians, Native Americans and other races. The average family income is $64,063. 

Majority or 83% of the people in Long Lake drive their cars to work (alone), 6% use the carpool method to go to work while 3% use the bus or trolley bus. At least 5% of the residents work at home. 


The railroad plays an important role in the community which is relatively a farm to market area that relies on businesses brought by nearby farms. In fact, the residents of Long Lake incorporated the village to make sure that the railroad station would not be moved. It is actually the commercial hub of nearby towns like Orono. If you are wondering why people from Orono have Long Lake addresses, then wonder no more. The two towns have signed several cooperative agreements including the use of the Long Lake post office by Orono residents, as well as the sharing of their fire and police protection services. 

While the two cities share a lot of things, Orono offers bigger home areas measuring a minimum of two acres for residential homes while Long Lake has smaller but more reasonably-priced home lots. 

The first settlers of 1855 (Nova Scotians) actually settled not in Long Lake but in Orono. The first settlement was then known as Cumberland Town after the hometown of the first settlers, George Knettles and Flemings from Cumberland County in Pennsylvania. It consisted of a schoolhouse, a general store and sawmill. The Knettles house became popular not only as a location of the community’s first religious service but also as a favorite resting area of travelers. 

The 19th century saw a lot of developments in Long Lake including the construction of a sawmill in 1866, the construction of a railroad in 1868, organization of a school district in 1869 as well as the establishment of a flour mill and a hotel in 1875. The early 1900s also saw the growth of the berry industry in Long Lake along with the establishment of the Minnesota Fruit Growers Association. 

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