Balaton, Minnesota

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Balaton, Minnesota

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High Points

Balaton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Minnesota):

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Public Transportation Use
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Top 14% Balaton Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Balaton, Minnesota

Comparing Balaton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Minnesota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Senior Citizens 9 8
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 6
Well-Paid Single Men 7 4
Age of the Population 4 5
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 5
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 8 6
College Educated Adults 6 4
Median Family Income 5 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Short Commute Times 7 5
Working at Home 6 3
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 8
People Living Alone 7 6
Affordability of Rents 6 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2
Housing Recently Built 2 1

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Balaton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 62 miles NE of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 138 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Lyon
Standard Zip Codes 56115
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.233
Longitude -95.871

Balaton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station TRACY
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 26.5 inches
Station TYLER
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 22 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 26.1 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 27 inches
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Balaton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 637 100%
Male 298 46.8%
Female 339 53.2%
Under 18 167 26.2%
18+ 470 73.8%
65+ 141 22.1%
Median Age 36.3
Average Family Size 2.8
White 632 99.2%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.2%
Other 1 0.2%
Mixed Race 3 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5 0.8%

Estimated Balaton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 625
Growth -12
Growth % -1.9%

Balaton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 40.7%
Norwegian 20%
Swedish 11.6%
US/American 5.6%
Irish 3.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
Belgian 2.7%
Scottish 2.1%
English 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Danish 1.9%
Scandinavian 1.7%
Italian 1.2%
Polish 1%
Dutch 0.8%
Welsh 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Balaton 637 $40,625
Garvin 159 $41,429
Lynd 346 $36,458
Russell 371 $39,000
Ruthton 284 $33,125
Tracy 2,268 $41,108
Tyler 1,218 $37,841
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Balaton High Schools (2004)

A Charter School.
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

Balaton Colleges

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