Price County, Wisconsin

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Price County, Wisconsin
Price County Courthouse.JPG
Price County courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Price County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1879
Named for William T. Price
Seat Phillips
Largest city Park Falls
Area
 • Total 1,278 sq mi (3,310 km2)
 • Land 1,254 sq mi (3,248 km2)
 • Water 24 sq mi (62 km2), 1.9%
Population
 • (2010) 14,159
 • Density 11/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.price.wi.us

Price County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,159.[1] Its county seat is Phillips.[2]

History[edit]

Price County was created on March 3, 1879, when Wisconsin Governor William E. Smith signed legislation creating the county. William T. Price (1824–1886), for whom Price County was named,[3] was President of Wisconsin Senate and an early logger in Price County; he later was elected to the U.S. Congress.[4] The county was formed from portions of Chippewa and Lincoln counties.

The first white settler in what is now Price County was Major Isaac Stone, who located on the Spirit River in 1860 to engage in lumbering.[5]

Geography[edit]

Timms Hill, the highest natural point in Wisconsin at 1951.5 feet is located in the Town of Hill, Price County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,278 square miles (3,310 km2), of which 1,254 square miles (3,250 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (1.9%) is water.[6] The highest natural point in Wisconsin, Timms Hill at 1,951 feet (595 m), is located in Price County.

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Demographics[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Price County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 785
1890 5,258 569.8%
1900 9,106 73.2%
1910 13,795 51.5%
1920 18,517 34.2%
1930 17,284 −6.7%
1940 18,467 6.8%
1950 16,344 −11.5%
1960 14,370 −12.1%
1970 14,520 1.0%
1980 15,788 8.7%
1990 15,600 −1.2%
2000 15,822 1.4%
2010 14,159 −10.5%
Est. 2012 13,869 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 15,822 people, 6,564 households, and 4,417 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 9,574 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.4% were of German, 6.5% Norwegian, 5.9% Swedish, 5.4% Polish, 5.2% Irish and 5.0% Czech ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,564 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 28.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% 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 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 101.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.00 males.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Here's How Iron Got Its Name". The Rhinelander Daily News. June 16, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ William Thompson Price, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  5. ^ Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin, A. Warner, 1891–1892, p. 353.
  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 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 45°41′N 90°22′W / 45.68°N 90.36°W / 45.68; -90.36