Surrounding Communities

badgerBadger Township was organized on October 10, 1865, and the town of Badger was laid out and plotted by Charles Knudson in 1882. Knudson is known as the "Founder of Badger".

Myron fleming was the first settler in the town of Badger. He served as the first postmaster, and he built and operated the first general store in 1881. His daughter Josie was the first child born in Badger in 1882.

Otto Ottoson and N.P. Hill built the first elevator in 1885. One year later, the Peevie Company built another elevator nearby.  Both of these elevators were purchased by the Quaker Oats Company. In 1902, the Farmers Elevator Company was organized, and in 1942 it was reorganized and became the Badger Cooperative Elevator.  In 1973, it merged with the Vincent Co-op Elevator and formed the New Co-op.

A local farmer, Tom Chantland, developed a superior open-pollinated corn which bears his name. Tom and his son Alfred put up a seed cleaning plant at their farm. Alfred built a gravity separator which they used for grading alfalfa and clover seeds. Alfred also built a conveyor for loading bags of seed, which sparked the idea of the Chantland Manufacturing Company.  This company was formed in the early 1940's, building its first conveyors in a garage at the farm.

Alfred Chantland was also responsible for building the Elton Seed and Milling Company in the 1940's. In 1956, Maurice Johanson purchased the seed mill, and later changed the name to Johanson's Seed and Milling Company. He operated the mill until 1987, when he turned it over to his son Steven, who still operates the company today.

Otto Ottoson established the Bank of Badger in 1889. The name was later changed to the State Bank of Badger, and in 1894 to the Badger Savings Bank. The Badger Credit Union was incorporated in 1939, and sold to the First National Bank of Fort Dodge in 1968. In 1989, Farmers Savings Bank opened.  It is a branch of Farmers Savings in Vincent.

The community has had several doctors who have resided or have had an office in Badger. The first was Dr. Dahl in 1902, and the last was Dr. Otto Glesne in 1928.

The first telephone company, Badger Telephone, was started In the late 1800's. In 1956, it converted to a dial system. In 1959, the company was sold to North Central Telephone Company. In 1986, the company was sold to Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association.

In the early 1900's, Adolph and Alfred Knudson built a town hall. It was used for school programs, basket socials, home talent plays, band practices and group meetings. A new brick community hall was erected in 1927, where all community events and indoor sports were held. The community spirit was at it's height at this time, resulting in an award for being "Iowa's Leading Farm Community".

Badger had been recognized as a town since 1882, but it was not until February 8, 1900, that the town was incorporated.

Comtent courtesy of the City of Badger.

Badger

Population

Total Population

551

Population
Growth Rate

-0.18%

Median Age

46

Diversity Index

9.100

Housing & Income

Households

215

Total Housing Units

234


Owner Occupied

190

Renter Occupied

26

Vacant

19

Median Home Value

$130,093


Average Home Value

$137,042

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

2.23%

Income Projection

Median Household

$61,084 $63,619


Average Household

$81,288 $90,700


Per Capita

$32,485 $36,267

Workforce

Total Businesses

15

Total Employed

91

Workers 16+

273

2020 Construction Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

41

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

21

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

8

2020 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

6

2020 Gas Stations - Businesses

N

Businesses

1

Employed

6

2020 Arts/Entertainment/Rec

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

5

Some
High School

9

Graduated
High School

128

Associates
Degree

71

Bachelor's
Degree

73

Graduate
Degree

35

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

208

Non-Resident Commuters

63

Drive Alone

220

Carpooled

28

Public

0

Work At Home

4


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