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Carlton, Wisconsin

Coordinates: 44°22′42″N 87°34′40″W / 44.37833°N 87.57778°W / 44.37833; -87.57778
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Carlton, Wisconsin
Location of Carlton, Wisconsin
Location of Carlton, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°22′42″N 87°34′40″W / 44.37833°N 87.57778°W / 44.37833; -87.57778
Country United States
State Wisconsin
 • Total35.6 sq mi (92.2 km2)
 • Land35.6 sq mi (92.2 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation702 ft (214 m)
 • Total1,014
 • Density28/sq mi (11.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code920
FIPS code55-12575[2]
GNIS feature ID1582917[1]

Carlton is a town in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,014 at the 2010 census.[3] Carlton is probably named for James Carlton, an early settler in the area.[4]


  • Black Earth was a former Native American village in the town until 1862.[5]
  • Norman is an unincorporated community located at the intersection of County Road G and Norman Road.
  • Tisch Mills is an unincorporated community located on the Kewaunee-Manitowoc county line at the intersection of County Road B/Tisch Mills Road and County Road BB.



The Kewaunee Nuclear Generating Station is in Carlton. It was decommissioned in 2013.



Carlton is in the southeast corner of Kewaunee County. It is bordered to the south by Manitowoc County and to the east by Lake Michigan. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.2 km2), all of it land.[3]

The northernmost portion of the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary lies in the waters of Lake Michigan off Carlton.[6][7]



As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,000 people, 363 households, and 283 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.1 people per square mile (10.8/km2). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 10.7 per square mile (4.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.50% White, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.20% of the population.

There were 363 households, out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,227, and the median income for a family was $56,094. Males had a median income of $31,667 versus $22,159 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,660. About 2.7% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people



  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Carlton town, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Callary, Edward (September 21, 2023). Place Names of Wisconsin. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-299-30964-0.
  5. ^ "The day Potawatomi were driven off their land". Kewaunee County Star-News. October 9, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  6. ^ National Marine Sanctuaries: Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary Accessed 29 June 2021
  7. ^ Code of Federal Regulations Subpart T—Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary ecfr.gov September 11, 2023 Accessed September 13, 2023
  8. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1925, "Biographical Sketch of Anton Holly", pg. 666
  9. ^ "Simon Onanguisse Kahquados: Interpretor, [sic] Tribal Historian, Spokesman, Chief of the Forest County Potawatomi" (PDF). Potawatomi Traveling Times. May 15, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "Black Earth Indian Village". Wisconsin Historical Markers. Retrieved September 13, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1901, "Biographical Sketch of William Rogers", pg. 751
  12. ^ The Legislative Manual of the State of Wisconsin (16th ed.). Madison, Wis. 1877. p. 465.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)