Blanchard, Wisconsin

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Blanchard, Wisconsin
Location of Blanchard, Wisconsin
Location of Blanchard, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°47′36″N 89°53′20″W / 42.79333°N 89.88889°W / 42.79333; -89.88889Coordinates: 42°47′36″N 89°53′20″W / 42.79333°N 89.88889°W / 42.79333; -89.88889
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Lafayette
 • Total 17.5 sq mi (45.4 km2)
 • Land 17.5 sq mi (45.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[1] 925 ft (282 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 261
 • Density 14.9/sq mi (5.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-08100[2]
GNIS feature ID 1582827[1]

Blanchard is a town in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 261 at the 2000 census. The town was founded in the 1840s by a branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints led by James Jesse Strang. It was named for Alvin Blanchard, who jointly owned the site along with Cyrus Newkirk.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.5 square miles (45.4 km²), of which, 17.5 square miles (45.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 261 people, 96 households, and 74 families residing in the town. The population density was 14.9 people per square mile (5.8/km²). There were 103 housing units at an average density of 5.9 per square mile (2.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.47% White, 0.38% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 96 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 3.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $48,068, and the median income for a family was $48,295. Males had a median income of $28,472 versus $22,344 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,160. About 2.5% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 10.3% of those sixty five or over.

Notable person[edit]

  • Melvin Olson, farmer, businessman, and legislator, was born in the town.[4]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Callary, Edward. Place Names of Wisconsin. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-299-30964-0. 
  4. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1954,' Biographical Sketch of Melvin Olson, pg. 28