Communities Prior Lake

A wonderful place to live, work, and play for a lifetime

Known for the beautiful lakes, Prior Lake is on the southwest edge of the Twin Cities. Business growth is influenced by three hundred acres of vacant commercial, business park, and industrial land to develop, and the city’s 2015 population estimate was 25,282 compared to 16,000 in 2000 and 22,300 in 2010.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is located in Prior Lake as well as Scott County’s largest employer, Mystic Lake. They offer an array of opportunities to the public including restaurants, Playworks, Dakotah! Fitness, Dakotah! Ice Center, two casinos and a hotel.

*US Census Data

26,840

Population

$100,190

Median Household Income

96.6%

Population with High School Education or Higher

44.7%

Population with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Parks & Lakes

Swimming, Fishing, and More

Prior Lake features many recreational amenities including more than 55 parks on 1,000 acres, over 100 miles of trails and sidewalks and 14 lakes. The parks and lakes offer a wide variety of outdoor opportunities for residents with a wide variety of interests.

Economic Growth

Increased Opportunities

Growth in commercial and industrial development has spiked due to the city's growth and improved highway accessibility and upgrades. Prior Lake's downtown environment has been revitalized by the Main Ave. and Dakota St. streetscaping project of 2004 and a facade improvement program.

Location

Housing & Transit Options

The city's housing stock offers great diversity for individuals and families of all ages. Prior Lake's transportation system includes major roadways including Hwy. 13, County Rd. 42, County Rd. 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).

Local Business Incentives & Programs

Our resource library is full of information about incentives to give you a boost in Prior Lake or any of our other communities across Scott County. Click below to start researching.

Business Incubator Program


Exclusive to Prior Lake, the city offers low-cost office space and support services for small businesses. Technology Village provides clients with an affordable and customized lease, furnished offices, development assistance, guidance from experienced business professionals, shared conference rooms and office equipment, networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs and community organizations, education programs, and access to local lenders interested in working with start-up businesses.
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MCCD Open To Business Program


The Open to Business program in Scott County is a collaboration between the CDA and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD). This program includes one-on-one business counseling assistance customized to meet the needs of current business owners and prospective entrepreneurs.
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