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Balm, Florida
Location of Balm in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Location of Balm in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Balm, Florida is located in Florida
Balm, Florida
Balm, Florida
Location in Florida
Balm, Florida is located in the United States
Balm, Florida
Balm, Florida
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Florida
County Hillsborough
Area
 • Total 10.16 sq mi (26.31 km2)
 • Land 10.05 sq mi (26.04 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
Elevation
131 ft (40 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,541
 • Density 650.52/sq mi (251.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33503
Area code(s) 813
FIPS code 12-03375
GNIS feature ID 294664

Balm is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,457 at the 2010 census.

History

A post office was established here in 1902 and called Doric: it was renamed the next month to Balm. The community was so named on account of their "balmy" air. Prior to 1902, the Seaboard Air Line Railway established Balm as a flag stop. The railroad built a one-room station and water tank. This made Balm a focal point, and a small community including a blacksmith, sawmills, a teacher and a general store sprang up by 1911. In 1937, electricity arrived, soon followed by a community telephone, setup in a barn for all to use. By 1945 the area had a population of over a thousand.

Economy

Originally a rail stop and logging town, the economy is mostly agricultural, largely citrus. The University of Florida's Tomato Breeding Program is located in Balm. In 2005, the Bradenton REC was merged with the Dover REC to become the Gulf Coast Research and Experiment Center, which was relocated to Balm. Other activities at the GCREC include hops research. Tropical fish farming has also been a significant industry in the area.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census
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