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Economic profile: Lake City: A pretty spot on the river

Perched on scenic Lake Pepin, Lake City offers small-town ambiance and a gateway to recreation along the upper Mississippi River.

Located 37 miles northeast of Rochester, the town has the largest small-craft marina on the river, home to many summer boaters.

It also has 400 acres of parks, beaches and ball fields, giving local residents and tourists space to play.

New housing developments and new restaurants indicate a growing community.

Lake City's claim to fame is that it's the birthplace of water-skiing. But it's also known for Pepin Heights Orchards, leading producers of Minnesota’s Honey Crisp apples; and Wild Wings Gallery, known for wildlife fine art.


Lake City facts:



Average size of household:2.34.

Median age of residents:39.1.

Percent of residents with at least a bachelor's degree:12.6 percent.

Median income:$40,637.

Median value of owner occupied home:$94,700.


Major employers:

• Federal Mogul, motor vehicle parts manufacturer, 514 employees.

• Hearth Technologies, heating, air, ventilation and refrigeration. Commercial manufacturer, 475 employees.

• Lake City Medical Center-Mayo Health System, 355 employees.

• Lake City School District, 181 employees.

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