Location of Suamico, Wisconsin
|• Village President||Elizabeth Sheedy|
|• Total||59.42 sq mi (153.90 km2)|
|• Land||36.36 sq mi (94.17 km2)|
|• Water||23.06 sq mi (59.73 km2)|
|Elevation||591 ft (180 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||11,631|
|• Density||312.0/sq mi (120.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1584242|
Suamico is a village in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 11,346 at the 2010 census. The neighborhood community of Flintville is located within the village. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Economy and government
Suamico is the home of Northeast Wisconsin’s Zoo (NEW Zoo), fishing and boating on the Suamico River and the shore of Green Bay, and many retail and commercial shops, restaurants, and boutiques.
Suamico, incorporated to a village in September 2003, is governed by a seven member village board who are elected to three year terms.
"The Indian name Oussuamigong, now spelled Suamico, has several disputed meanings. Father Chrysostom Verwyst explains the meaning as 'place of the yellow beaver.' Father Jones translates it as 'at the beaver's tale.' Rev. E.P. Wheeler of Ashland, whose study of the Wisconsin Indians has made him an authority, says it means 'yellow residence place.' It has also been accepted that it means 'point or tail of land,' or 'the beaver's tail,' which suits us best." It is believed the name comes from an Indian word meaning small or little beaver, although this has not been determined with certainty. The original settlement of Suamico was a small fishing community on Green Bay. Little evidence of it, apart from some small housing plots, remains. In a referendum in September 2003, the Town of Suamico voted to become incorporated, becoming the village of Suamico. The village is an affluent bedroom community mostly developed since 1980.
Suamico is pronounced (swam ĭ kō). The name Suamico is believed to have come from the Menominee Indians which means: Mäte Sue'mako Tusi'niniu, "Great Sand Bar People," on the sand dunes at what is now called Big Suamico, on Green Bay. Other sources also indicate that the name stands for: beaver tail, yellow beaver, or swan.
Big Suamico was the unofficial name for the river, township, and village called Suamico. It was used to distinguish themselves from the Little Suamico River and Township immediately north in Oconto County. The Suamico and Fort Howard Road was the first declared county road in Brown County laid out between Big Suamico and Fort Howard in 1849-50. It followed a former Indian trail. The Suamico River flows generally eastward through Pittsfield and Suamico Townships into Green Bay.
Suamico was first established by Legislature on August 2, 1848, from Howard. It was apparently dropped when Oconto County was established on February 6, 1851. It was then re-established to its current size by the County Board on March 16, 1858. Suamico was an excellent farming country and raising stock was profitable. Industry of the 1850s and '60s was milling and there were large sawmills along the Suamico River. The Suamico Post Office was established on July 20, 1857, with John Bruce as Postmaster. It was platted by John Bruce in 1873.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 59.42 square miles (153.90 km2), of which, 36.36 square miles (94.17 km2) of it is land and 23.06 square miles (59.73 km2) is water. Suamico is the largest "village" in the United States when both land area and water area are considered, since about 38.8 percent of its area is officially water area, but it drops down to fifth place when only land area is considered (following Kronenwetter, Wisconsin; Caledonia, Wisconsin; Wellington, Florida; and Speculator, New York).
Flintville is a residential community in the village of Suamico. The community was named after Richard Flint, settler.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,346 people, 4,092 households, and 3,339 families residing in the village. The population density was 312.0 inhabitants per square mile (120.5 /km2). There were 4,235 housing units at an average density of 116.5 per square mile (45.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.4% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.
There were 4,092 households of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 18.4% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.05.
The median age in the village was 40.4 years. 27.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 33% were from 45 to 64; and 8.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,686 people, 2,966 households, and 2,544 families residing in the village. The population density was 239.6 people per square mile (92.5/km²). There were 3,078 housing units at an average density of 84.9 per square mile (32.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.97% White, 0.22% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.
There were 2,966 households out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.1% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.2% were non-families. 10.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the village the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.4 males.
Suamico is served by the Howard-Suamico School District.
- Ken DeBauche, free agent NFL punter, former player for the Green Bay Packers, 2003 graduate of Bay Port High School and a 2008 graduate of University of Wisconsin–Madison, lived in Suamico.
- James Campen, NFL player and assistant coach, lives in Suamico.
- Jay DeMerit, professional soccer player
- Marcus W. Robertson, Medal of Honor recipient, was born in the neighborhood of Flintville.
- Fritz Shurmur, former NFL defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers and former head coach of the Wyoming Cowboys is buried in St. Benedicts Cemetery
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- Flintville [origin of place name]