Christiana, Dane County, Wisconsin

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Town of Christiana
Location in Dane County and the state of Wisconsin.
Location in Dane County and the state of Wisconsin.
Town of Christiana is located in Wisconsin
Town of Christiana
Town of Christiana
Town of Christiana is located in the United States
Town of Christiana
Town of Christiana
Coordinates: 42°59′25″N 89°5′28″W / 42.99028°N 89.09111°W / 42.99028; -89.09111
Country United States
State Wisconsin
 • Total35.5 sq mi (91.8 km2)
 • Land35.3 sq mi (91.5 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation912 ft (278 m)
 • Total1,313
 • Density37.2/sq mi (14.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code608
FIPS code55-14650[2]
GNIS feature ID1582959[1]

The Town[3] of Christiana is located in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,313 at the 2000 census. It is named after Oslo, Norway[4] (formerly Christiania) and has one of the highest percentages of Norwegian ancestry in the United States.[5] The unincorporated community of Utica and the village of Rockdale are located within the town. The village of Cambridge is located partly within the Town.


The Town of Christiana was created from the Town of Albion and organized on May 6, 1847.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.5 square miles (91.8 km2), of which, 35.3 square miles (91.5 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (0.39%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,313 people, 468 households, and 356 families residing in the town. The population density was 37.2 people per square mile (14.4/km2). There were 492 housing units at an average density of 13.9 per square mile (5.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.73% White, 0.15% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.28% of the population.

There were 468 households, out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 115 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $56,042, and the median income for a family was $60,673. Males had a median income of $34,821 versus $27,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,504. About 6.8% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

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  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. ^ "Towns" in Wisconsin perform most of the same functions as townships in many other states. see 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2022,' Town, pp 354-355
  4. ^ "Township of Christiana Named by Early Norwegian Settler". The Capital Times. February 19, 1923. p. 8. Retrieved January 11, 2019 – via open access
  5. ^ "Norwegian Communities". Podunk. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Madison, Dane County and Surrounding Towns. Madison: William J. Park. 1877. p. 351.

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