Barron County, Wisconsin

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Barron County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Barron County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1859[1]
Seat Barron
Largest city Rice Lake
Area
 • Total 890 sq mi (2,305 km2)
 • Land 863 sq mi (2,235 km2)
 • Water 27 sq mi (70 km2), 3.0%
Population
 • (2010) 45,870
 • Density 53/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.barroncountywi.gov

Barron County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,870.[2] Its county seat is Barron.[3]

History[edit]

In 1865 Dallas County was organized with the county seat located at Barron. On 4 March 1869 Barron County was created by the renaming of Dallas County. The county had taken the name of Barron in the honor of Wisconsin lawyer and politician, Henry D. Barron, who served as Circuit Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 890 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 863 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (3.0%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 13
1870 538 4,038.5%
1880 7,024 1,205.6%
1890 15,416 119.5%
1900 23,677 53.6%
1910 29,114 23.0%
1920 34,281 17.7%
1930 34,301 0.1%
1940 34,289 0.0%
1950 34,703 1.2%
1960 34,270 −1.2%
1970 33,955 −0.9%
1980 38,730 14.1%
1990 40,750 5.2%
2000 44,963 10.3%
2010 45,870 2.0%
Est. 2012 45,733 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[2]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Barron County

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 44,963 people, 17,851 households, and 12,352 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 20,969 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 21.8% Norwegian and 5.3% Irish ancestry.

There were 17,851 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taken from Wisconsin Blue Book 1991-1992 p. 731; cited there as from "Wisconsin Historical Records, Origin and Legislative History of County Boundaries in Wisconsin, 1942."
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Dictionary of Wisconsin History (Wisconsin Historical Society)
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Other sources[edit]

History of Barron County, Wisconsin compiled by Franklin Curtiss-Wedge (H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1922)

Coordinates: 45°25′N 91°51′W / 45.42°N 91.85°W / 45.42; -91.85