Our Communities

John Gross filed a homestead in 1866 on the land where Bowlus is now located. After several property transfers it became the property of the Soo Line Railroad Company. The village was platted in 1907 and incorporated in 1910. Bowlus grew as a community sustained by agriculture. Farm products such as wheat, oats and potatoes were shipped out on the Soo Line Railway. Farm animals and poultry were also part of the livelihood of the residents. Merchants included a meat market, blacksmith shop, saloon, implement dealer, livery and feed store. Bowlus is still well-known for its meat market and butchering. A business unique to Bowlus, due to its beautiful groves of maple trees, has been the production of maple syrup.

Bowlus was settled by many families of Polish descent. The centerpiece of the community is the stately Polish Catholic Church. It speaks of the faith, dedication and hard work of the people of Bowlus. Bowlus is still a traditional small town with an area set aside for industrial development that the City Council hopes will grow many businesses.

Bowlus Industrial Park

Bowlus

Population

Total Population

309

Population
Growth Rate

0.62%

Median Age

40

Diversity Index

4.500

Housing & Income

Households

121

Total Housing Units

130


Owner Occupied

103

Renter Occupied

18

Vacant

9

Median Home Value

$205,000


Average Home Value

$239,320

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.58%


Per Capita Income

1.95%

Income Projection

Median Household

$63,034 $66,976


Average Household

$78,370 $85,702


Per Capita

$29,234 $32,192

Workforce

Total Businesses

9

Total Employed

55

Workers 16+

105

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

24

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

9

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

7

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

7

2020 Wholesale Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

7

2020 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

6

Some
High School

15

Graduated
High School

79

Associates
Degree

30

Bachelor's
Degree

27

Graduate
Degree

7

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

32

Non-Resident Commuters

72

Drive Alone

86

Carpooled

8

Public

0

Work At Home

6