Marathon County, Wisconsin

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Marathon County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Marathon County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1807
Seat Wausau
Largest city Wausau
Area
 • Total 1,576 sq mi (4,082 km2)
 • Land 1,545 sq mi (4,002 km2)
 • Water 31 sq mi (80 km2), 2.0%
Population
 • (2010) 134,063
 • Density 80/sq mi (31/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.marathon.wi.us
Marathon County Fairgrounds

Marathon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 134,063.[1] Its county seat is Wausau.[2] Founded in 1807, it is the oldest established County in the State of Wisconsin. Marathon County predates the state of Wisconsin, which was established in 1848, by 41 years.

Marathon County comprises the Wausau, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Wausau-Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids, WI Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,576 square miles (4,080 km2), of which 1,545 square miles (4,000 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (2.0%) is water.[3] It is the largest county in Wisconsin by land area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Marathon County is one of several United States counties which border eight other counties.

Natural wildlife refuges[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Marathon County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 508
1860 2,892 469.3%
1870 5,885 103.5%
1880 17,121 190.9%
1890 30,369 77.4%
1900 43,256 42.4%
1910 55,054 27.3%
1920 65,259 18.5%
1930 70,629 8.2%
1940 75,915 7.5%
1950 80,337 5.8%
1960 88,874 10.6%
1970 97,457 9.7%
1980 111,270 14.2%
1990 115,400 3.7%
2000 125,834 9.0%
2010 134,063 6.5%
Est. 2012 134,735 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 125,834 people, 47,702 households, and 33,868 families residing in the county. The population density was 81 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 50,360 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.84% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 4.54% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.6% were of German and 13.6% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.9% spoke English, 3.4% Hmong, 1.1% German and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 47,702 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.50% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.

Communities[edit]

County sign on Wisconsin Highway 13

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Recreation[edit]

County Parks[edit]

  • Amco County Park
  • Big Eau Pleine County Park
  • Big Rapids County Park
  • Bluegill Bay County Park
  • Cherokee County Park
  • Courthouse Square
  • D.C. Everest County Park
  • Dells of the Eau Claire County Park
  • Duane L. Corbin Shooting Range Park
  • Library Park
  • Marathon County Park
  • Mission Lake County Park
  • Mountain-Bay State Park Trail
  • Reitbrock Geographical Marker
  • Rib Falls County Park
  • Sunny Vale County Park

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 44°54′N 89°46′W / 44.90°N 89.76°W / 44.90; -89.76