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Balaton, Minnesota
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Location of Balaton, Minnesota
Location of Balaton, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Lyon
Government
 • Type Mayor – Council
Area
 • Total 1.58 sq mi (4.10 km2)
 • Land 1.45 sq mi (3.76 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
Elevation
1,542 ft (470 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 643
 • Estimate 
(2019)
624
 • Density 430.05/sq mi (166.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56115
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-03250
GNIS feature ID 0639591

Balaton is a city in Lyon County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 643 at the 2010 census.

History

Balaton was platted in 1879 by the railroad. It was named after Lake Balaton, in Hungary. A post office has been in operation at Balaton since 1879. Balaton was incorporated in 1882.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.58 square miles (4.09 km2), of which 1.45 square miles (3.76 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 209
1910 364 74.2%
1920 664 82.4%
1930 605 −8.9%
1940 713 17.9%
1950 723 1.4%
1960 723 0.0%
1970 649 −10.2%
1980 752 15.9%
1990 737 −2.0%
2000 637 −13.6%
2010 643 0.9%
2019 (est.) 624 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 643 people, 273 households, and 168 families living in the city. The population density was 443.4 inhabitants per square mile (171.2/km2). There were 307 housing units at an average density of 211.7 per square mile (81.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 273 households, of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.5% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

Notable person

  • Harold A. "Barney" Goltz, Washington State Representative and Senator, 1973 - 1987
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