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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

Population
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Population

Population2000201020182023
Bowlus252290300307

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Age

Population201020182023
0-4332019
5-9162321
10-14142325
15-19141722
20-24191212
25-29351510
30-34212116
35-3992323
40-44201824
45-49281919
50-54142519
55-59132225
60-6491722
65-69171516
70-74111313
75-798811
80-84646
85+344
18+220221228
Median Age333941

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Race

Bowlus2018
Total300.000
White Alone99.000
Black Alone0.000
American Indian Alone0.330
Asian Alone0.000
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.330
Two or More Races0.330
Hispanic Origin0.670
Diversity Index3.900

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Growth Rate

Bowlus2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population0%0%
Households0%1%
Families1%0%
Median Household Income%1%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020182023
Households95114117120
Housing Units101122126130
Owner Occupied Units102105
Renter Occupied Units1615
Vacant Units910

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Home Value

Bowlus20182023
Median Home Value$195,588$223,214
Average Home Value$228,218$248,598
<$50,00065
$50,000 - $99,999109
$100,000 - $149,9991917
$150,000 - $199,9991716
$200,000 - $249,9991314
$250,000 - $299,9991215
$300,000 - $399,9991215
$400,000 - $499,9991013
$500,000 - $749,99912
$1,000,000 +11

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later0
2000-20099
1990-19996
1980-198911
1970-197910
1960-196919
1950-19594
1940-194911
1939 or Before67

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Income
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Income

Bowlus20182023
Median Household$58,415$62,387
Average Household$74,927$84,389
Per Capita$28,074$31,160

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Household Income Base

Bowlus2018
<$15,00010
$15,000 - $24,99911
$25,000 - $34,9999
$35,000 - $49,99914
$50,000 - $74,99933
$75,000 - $99,99914
$100,000 - $149,99918
$150,000 - $199,9996
$200,000+3

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+139
In-County Residents44
Out-of-County Residents95
Drive Alone117
Carpooled12
Public Transport0
Work at Home4
Less than 5 minutes0
5-9 minutes19
10-14 minutes7
15-19 minutes9
20-24 minutes17
25-29 minutes13
30-34 minutes31
35-39 minutes16
40-44 minutes10
45-59 minutes11
60-89 minutes2
90+ minutes0
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees63
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities0
Construction0
Manufacturing0
Wholesale Trade9
  
Retail Trade3
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers0
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip0
Food & Beverage Stores3
Health/Pers Care Stores0
Gasoline Stations0
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str0
Misc Store Retailers0
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse2
Information0
  
Finance & Insurance10
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn10
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other0
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing0
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv0
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt0
Educational Services0
HealthCare/Social Assist0
Arts/Entertainment/Rec0
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs7
Accommodation0
Food Srv/Drinking Places7
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin8
Auto Repair/Maintenance0
Public Administration Emp24

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Educational Attainment (25+)

Bowlus2018
Some High School13
Graduated High School77
Associates Degree30
Bachelor's Degree19
Graduate Degree7

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses12
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus0
Construction Bus0
Manufacturing Bus0
Wholesale Trade Bus2
  
Retail Trade Bus1
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus0
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus0
Food & Beverage Stores Bus1
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus0
Gasoline Stations Bus0
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus0
Misc Store Retailers Bus0
Nonstore Retailers Bus0
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus1
Information Bus0
  
Finance & Insurance Bus2
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus2
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus0
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus0
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus0
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus0
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus0
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus0
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus2
Accommodation Bus0
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus2
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus3
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus0
Public Administration Bus1

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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