Balm, Florida

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Coordinates: 27°45′33″N 82°15′41″W / 27.75917°N 82.26139°W / 27.75917; -82.26139

Balm is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,457 at the 2010 census.[1]


A post office was established here in 1902 and called Doric: it was renamed the next month to Balm.[2] The community was so named on account of their "balmy" air.[3] Prior to 1902, the Seaboard Air Line Railway established Balm as a flag stop. The railroad built a one-room station and water tank. This made Balm a focal point, and a small community including a blacksmith, sawmills, a teacher and a general store sprang up by 1911. In 1937, electricity arrived, soon followed by a community telephone, setup in a barn for all to use. By 1945 the area had a population of over a thousand.[4]


Originally a rail stop and logging town, the economy is mostly agricultural, largely citrus. The University of Florida's Tomato Breeding Program is located in Balm.[5] IN 2005, the Bradenton REC, was merged with the Dover REC to become the Gulf Coast Research and Experiment Center, which was relocated to Balm.[6] Other activities at the GCREC include hops research.[7] Tropical fish farming has also been a significant industry in the area.[8]


  1. ^ Florida Population & Housing Unit data - 2010. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 10. 
  4. ^ "HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY REPORT" (PDF). October 1, 1998. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Univ. of Florida/IFAS Tomato Breeding Program". Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "IFAS News". University of Florida. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "UF/IFAS to hop into hops varieties for microbreweries". University of Florida. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Wang, Stephanie (9 June 2011). "Widow selling tropical fish farms, more at auction". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 

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