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Nisswa is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,971 at the 2010 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, as well as Adirondack Coffee, the first gourmet coffee shop in central Minnesota, an ice cream parlor and candy shop, The Chocolate Ox, and Zaiser's shoe store. The Paul Bunyan Bike trail runs through Nisswa.HistorySmiley 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. Nisswa became a municipality on December 4, 1946.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.34sqmi, of which 10.78sqmi is land and 7.56sqmi is water.Surrounded by lakes, Nisswa is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area.Minnesota Highway 371 serves as a main route in the city. Other routes include County Roads 13, 18, 77, and 115.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 1,971 people, 876 households, and 607 families residing in the city. The population density was 182.8PD/sqmi. There were 1,474 housing units at an average density of 136.7/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.Our United States travel route tool allows you to plan your trip to Nisswa and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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