Dane County, Wisconsin

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Dane County, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin Dec04 IMG 2851.JPG
Dane County Courthouse
Seal of Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1836
Named for Nathan Dane
Seat Madison
Largest city Madison
Area
 • Total 1,238 sq mi (3,206 km2)
 • Land 1,197 sq mi (3,100 km2)
 • Water 41 sq mi (106 km2), 3.3%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 503,523
 • Density 421/sq mi (163/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.dane.wi.us

Dane County is a county in the state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 488,073.[1] making it the second-most populous county in Wisconsin. The county seat is Madison,[2] which is also the state capital.

Dane County is part of the Madison, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Madison-Janesville-Beloit, WI Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county. It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,210 km2), of which 1,197 square miles (3,100 km2) is land and 41 square miles (110 km2) (3.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 314
1850 16,639 5,199.0%
1860 43,922 164.0%
1870 53,096 20.9%
1880 53,233 0.3%
1890 59,578 11.9%
1900 69,435 16.5%
1910 77,435 11.5%
1920 89,432 15.5%
1930 112,737 26.1%
1940 130,660 15.9%
1950 169,357 29.6%
1960 222,095 31.1%
1970 290,272 30.7%
1980 323,545 11.5%
1990 367,085 13.5%
2000 426,526 16.2%
2010 488,073 14.4%
Est. 2013 509,939 4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dane County.

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 426,526 people, 173,484 households, and 100,794 families residing in the county. The population density was 355 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 180,398 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.96% White, 4.00% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 11.5% Norwegian, 8.9% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry according to the 2000 census.

There were 173,484 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 32.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

Government[edit]

Dane County is governed by a county executive and a County Board of Supervisors. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote. The County Executive is Joe Parisi. The Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members, each elected from single member districts. As the policy-making body of the county government, the Board of Supervisors enacts county ordinances, levies taxes, and appropriates money for services.

County Executives[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

District Member First Term
1st Mary Kolar 2013
2nd Heidi Wegleitner 2012
3rd Nick Zweifel 2012
4th Kyle Richmond 2002
5th Leland Pan 2012
6th John Hendrick, Chair 1994
7th Matt Veldran 2006
8th Carousel Andrea Bayrd 2006
9th Dianne Hesselbein 2006
10th Jeremy Levin 2008
11th Al Matano 2000
12th Paul Rusk 2002
13th Chuck Erickson
14th George Gillis 2013
15th Ronn Ferrell 2008
16th Dave De Felice 2004
17th Jeff Pertl 2012
18th Melissa Sargent 2010
19th Bill Clausius
20th Dennis O'Loughlin
21st David Wiganowsky
22nd Maureen McCarville
23rd Shelia Stubbs

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Communities[edit]

Political map of Dane County

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 99. 
  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 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 43°04′N 89°25′W / 43.07°N 89.42°W / 43.07; -89.42