[bal-uh-ton; Hung. bo-lo-tawn]
Balaton, lake, 230 sq mi (596 sq km), W central Hungary, at the foot of the Bakony Forest. The Zala River is its main tributary; the lake is drained by the Sió River. It is the largest lake in Central Europe with many tourist and health resorts. Its shallow waters abound in fish, and along the shores are fine vineyards. Overdevelopment and poor environmental management have raised concerns about the "health" of the lake.
Balaton is a city in Lyon County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 637 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (8.72%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 637 people, 276 households, and 186 families residing in the city. The population density was 468.9 people per square mile (180.8/km²). There were 296 housing units at an average density of 217.9/sq mi (84.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.22% White, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 276 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,442, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $30,156 versus $21,528 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,167. About 3.2% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.


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