Nisswa, Minnesota

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Nisswa is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,953 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city is near Gull Lake. This city is well known as a tourist destination due to its many unique stores including Stonehouse Coffee, a coffee shop and cafe that roasts beans in the store, an ice cream parlor and candy shop, The Chocolate Ox, and Zaiser's, a renowned shoe store with many other slightly random items. The Paul Bunyan Bike trail also runs through Nisswa.



Smiley Township was founded in 1900, but local resident Leon Lum convinced residents to rename it Nisswa, from the Ojibwe word "nessawae" (which means "in the middle" or "three"), when the town was incorporated as a village in 1908. On December 4, 1946, Nisswa became a municipality.


Surrounded by lakes, Nisswa is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Minnesota Highway 371 serves as a main route in the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (47.6 km²), of which, 10.9 square miles (28.2 km²) of it is land and 7.5 square miles (19.5 km²) of it (40.84%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,953 people, 819 households, and 577 families residing in the city. The population density was 179.5 people per square mile (69.3/km²). There were 1,532 housing units at an average density of 140.8/sq mi (54.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.87% White, 0.26% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 819 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.81.

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