Communities: Prior Lake

Community Overview

Prior Lake, located at the southwest edge of the Twin Cities, is known for its prominent lakes, outdoor amenities, recreational opportunities, entertainment venues, and high quality schools and neighborhoods. While experiencing significant growth from 16,000 population in 2000 to over 25,000 in 2014, Prior Lake maintains its small town character with a distinct downtown. The City is home to Scott County's largest employer, Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel as well as many other businesses.

Prior Lake is poised for continued growth with over 300 acres of vacant commercial, business park and industrial land to develop. Additional land will also become available in the future that is located within a 3,000-acre orderly annexation area. Opportunities in commercial and industrial development are increasing due to growth and improved highway accessibility and upgrades. Prior Lake's transportation system includes major roadways including Trunk Hwy. 13, County Hwy. 42, County Hwy. 21 and numerous others that access the entire metropolitan area. Prior Lake provides transit from within the community to other municipalities and to downtown Minneapolis by way of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA).

Key Statistics

Population (2017 estimate): 26,401
Median household income (2013-2017): $100,190
Percent of population with high school education or higher (2013-2017): 96.6%
Percent of population with a Bachelor's degree or higher (2013-2017): 44.7%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts

Community/Economic Development Contact Information

Casey McCabe - Community & Economic Development Director

The Community and Economic Development Department is primarily responsible for the review and management of new development including residential, commercial and industrial development. The department oversees land use applications such as plats, conditional use permits, variances and site plan review. The Community and Economic Development Department maintains the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances and staff provides economic development assistance for business growth and expansion.

Technology Village Business Accelerator

Technology Village supports the growth of emerging technology-based businesses within an entrepreneurial environment that encourages collaboration, fosters job creation and provides connections to local & regional resources

Major Employers

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) NOREX, Inc.
Prior Lake-Savage Area School District McKenna Crossing
City of Prior Lake Nuvera Communications



US-169: 6 miles
I-35: 7 miles
I-494: 17 miles
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: 23 miles
Downtown Minneapolis: 27 miles
Mankato: 57 miles

General Contact Information

4646 Dakota Street SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Main Phone: 952-447-9800

Utility and Service Providers

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Electric: MN Valley Electric Cooperative, Shakopee Public Utilities, Xcel Energy
Natural Gas: CenterPoint Energy
Water & Sewer: City of Prior Lake
Internet & Telephone: Nuvera Communications, Qwest, Mediacom

Helpful Links

City Code
Planning & Zoning
Engineering Permits
Permits & Licenses
Fee Schedule
Technology Village Business Accelerator 
Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce - Sandi Fleck, Executive Director (952-440-1000, Email:

FSS Presentation Information

Life-Cycle Housing Presentation - June, 2017

Business Programs & Resources - Prior Lake Chamber Sept. 20, 2017