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Park Falls is a small town in Northern Wisconsin. The total population within the town limits, as of the 2000 census, is approximately 2,100, and the population throughout the zip code is 4,961. This small town, located along the banks of the Flambeau River, is a prime example of the stereotypical northern Wisconsin town. It is a place where everybody knows your name and almost everybody is friendly to everyone they meet. In the following pages, I will attempt to further explain, through census data and the personal experience of growing up there, why Park Falls is the way that it is today. There are many ways to examine the makeup of a population. Factors such as age, race, ancestry, income levels, and many others all help to shape the layout of an area. First, I will talk about ancestry. In Park Falls, like many other areas, people who descend from all over the world make up the total population. However, as with many other areas, there is also one ancestral group that makes up a majority of the population, which is the case with Park Falls. In Park Falls, over 55% of the population is of German descent. There are other ancestry groups, including but not limited to Norwegian, Czech, Irish, Polish, and Swedish; however, German is the main group represented. This fact, though, does little to determine the actual appearance of the town because Park Falls does very little to promote its ethnic history. The only major component of life in Park Falls that is widely celebrated is the polka, which is not necessarily German in nature but has origins in Central Europe, including Poland, Czechoslovakia, and other neighboring areas. There are a number of festivals throughout the year, many of which involve
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