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Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
Downtown Balsam Lake
Downtown Balsam Lake
Location of Balsam Lake in Polk County, Wisconsin.
Location of Balsam Lake in Polk County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Polk
Area
 • Total 3.41 sq mi (8.83 km2)
 • Land 2.17 sq mi (5.61 km2)
 • Water 1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
Elevation
1,089 ft (332 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,009
 • Estimate 
(2019)
982
 • Density 452.95/sq mi (174.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
54810
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-04475
GNIS feature ID 1582745

Balsam Lake is a village in, and the county seat of, Polk County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,009 at the 2010 census. The village is located within the Town of Balsam Lake.

History

Balsam Lake Wisconsin Sign WIS46
The sign for Balsam Lake on WIS46

The area in and around Balsam Lake was originally inhabited by a large band of Chippewa Indians. They referred to the area as "Innenehinduc," which means "place of the evergreen." This may have been due to the large amount of Canadian Yew, an evergreen shrub, which grew in abundance there.

The town was organized on January 8, 1870, and was named after the lake that lay within its borders. The first businesses included a blacksmith shop, a bank, a creamery, two sawmills, a hardware store, and a general store. Governmental buildings included a courthouse and a log schoolhouse.

Today, Balsam Lake is the home of the Polk County Government Center.

The town celebrates its history, and the history of the United States, with its annual Freedom Festival, which takes place on the Thursday through Sunday surrounding the Fourth of July.

Geography

Balsam Lake is located at 45°27′28″N 92°27′17″W / 45.45778°N 92.45472°W / 45.45778; -92.45472 (45.45805, -92.454872).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.39 square miles (8.78 km2), of which, 2.16 square miles (5.59 km2) of it is land and 1.23 square miles (3.19 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 279
1920 251 −10.0%
1930 315 25.5%
1940 452 43.5%
1950 488 8.0%
1960 541 10.9%
1970 648 19.8%
1980 749 15.6%
1990 792 5.7%
2000 950 19.9%
2010 1,009 6.2%
2019 (est.) 982 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Balsam Lake Wisconsin Water Tower
Water tower

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,009 people, 434 households, and 257 families living in the village. The population density was 467.1 inhabitants per square mile (180.3/km2). There were 732 housing units at an average density of 338.9 per square mile (130.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.2% White, 0.9% African American, 2.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 434 households, of which 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.66.

The median age in the village was 45 years. 17.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

Historic Sites

Education

  • Unity School District
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