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Belle Plaine is a city in Scott County, in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area.
The community name derives from French for "beautiful prairie"
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Belle Plaine. For links to other places called Belle Plaine, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Belle Plaine is 44.622N. The longitude is -93.768W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 856 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,032.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Belle Plaine demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Scott County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Twin Cities area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 56011 ZIP code.
49% of Belle Plaine residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Belle Plaine ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Belle Plaine was $19,433, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Belle Plaine residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Belle Plaine, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $428. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,088.
Libraries in Belle Plaine include Belle Plaine Branch Library ... View libraries
Scott County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Belle Plaine political report.
The average commute time for Belle Plaine workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Belle Plaine include Americinn Lodge & Suites.
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