Dunn County, Wisconsin

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Dunn County, Wisconsin
2009-0620-Menomonie-DunnGovt.jpg
Dunn County Government Center, Menomonie
Seal of Dunn County, Wisconsin
Seal
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dunn County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded February 3, 1854
Named for Charles Dunn
Seat Menomonie
Largest city Menomonie
Area
 • Total 864 sq mi (2,238 km2)
 • Land 850 sq mi (2,201 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 1.6%
Population
 • (2010) 43,857
 • Density 52/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.dunn.wi.us

Dunn County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,857.[1] Its county seat is Menomonie.[2]

Dunn County comprises the Menomonie, WI Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Eau Claire-Menomonie, WI Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The county was founded in 1854 from Chippewa Co.[3][4] It is named for Charles Dunn, first chief justice of the territory.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 864 square miles (2,240 km2), of which 850 square miles (2,200 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.6%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,704
1870 9,488 250.9%
1880 16,817 77.2%
1890 22,664 34.8%
1900 25,043 10.5%
1910 25,260 0.9%
1920 26,970 6.8%
1930 27,037 0.2%
1940 27,375 1.3%
1950 27,341 −0.1%
1960 26,156 −4.3%
1970 29,154 11.5%
1980 34,314 17.7%
1990 35,909 4.6%
2000 39,858 11.0%
2010 43,857 10.0%
Est. 2013 44,122 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2012[1]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dunn County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 39,858 people, 14,337 households, and 9,261 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 15,277 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.08% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 2.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 0.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.3% were of German, 22.6% Norwegian and 5.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.7% spoke English, 1.6% Spanish and 1.5% Hmong as their first language.

There were 14,337 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.40% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 19.80% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.20 males.

Communities[edit]

Old farmhouse in Dunn County
Dunn County, WI, countryside, west of Menomonie

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[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 Blue Book 1991-1992, p. 731; cited there as from "Wisconsin Historical Records, Origin and Legislative History of County Boundaries in Wisconsin, 1942."
  4. ^ When Counties Originated from rootsweb.com's Oconto County, Wisconsin webpage.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 110. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 44°57′N 91°54′W / 44.95°N 91.90°W / 44.95; -91.90