Dane County, Wisconsin

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Dane County, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin Dec04 IMG 2851.JPG
Seal of Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County
Location in the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1839
Named for Nathan Dane
Seat Madison
Largest city Madison
Area
 • Total 1,238 sq mi (3,206 km2)
 • Land 1,197 sq mi (3,100 km2)
 • Water 41 sq mi (106 km2), 3.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 531,273[1]
 • Density 431/sq mi (166/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.countyofdane.com

Dane County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 488,075, making it the second-most populous county in Wisconsin. The 2016 estimate places the county's population at 531,273.[1] The county seat is Madison,[2] which is also the state capital.

Dane County is part of the Madison, Wisconsin, Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the Madison-Janesville-Beloit Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county and organized in 1839.[3] It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory.[4][5] Dane County was first settled in the 1840s by settlers from New England.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,210 km2), of which 1,197 square miles (3,100 km2) is land and 41 square miles (110 km2) (3.3%) is water.[7]

Soils of Dane County

Major highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 314
1850 16,639 5,199.0%
1860 43,922 164.0%
1870 53,096 20.9%
1880 53,233 0.3%
1890 59,578 11.9%
1900 69,435 16.5%
1910 77,435 11.5%
1920 89,432 15.5%
1930 112,737 26.1%
1940 130,660 15.9%
1950 169,357 29.6%
1960 222,095 31.1%
1970 290,272 30.7%
1980 323,545 11.5%
1990 367,085 13.5%
2000 426,526 16.2%
2010 488,073 14.4%
Est. 2016 531,273 [8] 8.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790–1960[10] 1900–1990[11]
1990–2000[12] 2010–2014[1]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[13] of 2010, there were 488,073 people, 203,750 households, and 116,752 families residing in the county. The population density was 394 people per square mile (152/km²). There were 216,022 housing units at an average density of 174 per square mile (67/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.7% White, 5.2% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.7% Asian, 0.003% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. 5.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 203,750 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.4 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dane County.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 426,526 people, 173,484 households, and 100,794 families residing in the county. The population density was 355 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 180,398 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.96% White, 4.00% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 11.5% Norwegian, 8.9% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry.

There were 173,484 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% 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 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 32.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

Government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 23.0% 71,275 70.4% 217,697 6.6% 20,382
2012 27.5% 83,644 71.0% 216,071 1.5% 4,466
2008 25.8% 73,065 72.8% 205,984 1.4% 3,890
2004 33.0% 90,369 66.0% 181,052 1.0% 2,828
2000 32.6% 75,790 61.2% 142,317 6.3% 14,632
1996 30.9% 59,487 56.9% 109,347 12.2% 23,468
1992 29.5% 61,957 54.6% 114,724 15.9% 33,441
1988 39.3% 69,143 59.9% 105,414 0.8% 1,377
1984 43.8% 74,823 55.5% 94,659 0.7% 1,203
1980 34.2% 57,545 50.8% 85,609 15.0% 25,251
1976 41.6% 63,466 54.0% 82,321 4.4% 6,765
1972 40.9% 56,020 58.1% 79,567 1.1% 1,439
1968 38.4% 39,917 57.6% 59,951 4.0% 4,193
1964 28.4% 27,124 71.4% 68,118 0.2% 184
1960 47.8% 43,245 52.0% 47,045 0.2% 212
1956 51.1% 38,955 48.4% 36,891 0.5% 367
1952 50.3% 38,724 49.4% 37,987 0.3% 216
1948 37.8% 22,934 58.5% 35,486 3.7% 2,244
1944 38.0% 23,021 61.1% 37,076 0.9% 554
1940 34.8% 21,845 64.2% 40,331 1.0% 611
1936 28.8% 15,233 67.8% 35,856 3.4% 1,819
1932 39.9% 19,083 56.1% 26,841 4.0% 1,899
1928 54.9% 23,680 44.3% 19,126 0.8% 364
1924 31.3% 12,280 5.3% 2,081 63.4% 24,847
1920 77.5% 22,842 16.6% 4,879 6.0% 1,767
1916 40.1% 6,931 57.1% 9,859 2.8% 483
1912 32.3% 5,244 55.5% 9,017 12.2% 1,989
1908 52.4% 9,441 43.4% 7,818 4.2% 750
1904 63.5% 11,041 32.7% 5,679 3.8% 666
1900 58.4% 9,396 38.1% 6,129 3.5% 562
1896 56.1% 9,080 40.3% 6,521 3.6% 585
1892 44.9% 6,445 47.6% 6,833 7.4% 1,068
Dane County Courthouse

Dane County is governed by a county executive and a County Board of Supervisors. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote. The County Executive is Joe Parisi. The Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members, each elected from single member districts. As the policy-making body of the county government, the Board of Supervisors enacts county ordinances, levies taxes, and appropriates money for services.

County executives[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

District Member First Term
1st Mary Kolar 2013
2nd Heidi Wegleitner 2012
3rd Nick Zweifel 2012
4th Kyle Richmond 2002
5th Hayley Young 2016
6th John Hendrick 1994
7th Matt Veldran 2006
8th Carousel Andrea Bayrd 2006
9th Paul Nelson 2014
10th Jeremy Levin 2008
11th Al Matano 2000
12th Paul Rusk 2002
13th Chuck Erickson
14th George Gillis 2013
15th Ronn Ferrell 2008
16th Dave De Felice 2004
17th Jeff Pertl 2012
18th Michele Ritt 2014
19th Bill Clausius
20th Dennis O'Loughlin
21st Andrew Schauer 2014
22nd Maureen McCarville
23rd Shelia Stubbs
24th Robin Schmidt
25th Tim Kiefer
26th Sharon Corrigan, Chair
27th Dorothy Krause
28th Nikki Jones 2015
29th Dave Ripp
30th Patrick Downing
31st Jerome Bollig
32nd Mike Willett 2014
33rd Jenni Dye 2012
34th Patrick Miles
35th Carl Chenoweth
36th Cynda Solberg
37th Bob Salov

Recreation[edit]

County parks[edit]

  • Babcock County Park
  • Badger Prairie County Park
  • Blooming Grove Drumlins
  • Blue Mounds Natural Resource Area
  • Brigham County Park
  • CamRock County Park
  • Cherokee Marsh
  • Donald County Park
  • Festge County Park
  • Fish Camp County Park
  • Fish Lake County Park
  • Goodland County Park
  • Halfway Prairie School
  • Indian Lake County Park
  • Jenni & Kyle Preserve
  • La Follette County Park
  • Lake Farm County Park
  • Lake View Hill Park
  • Lussier County Park
  • McCarthy County Park
  • Mendota County Park
  • Phil's Woods County Park
  • Prairie Moraine County Park
  • Riley-Deppe County Park
  • Salmo Pond County Park
  • Scheidegger Forest
  • Schumacher Farm
  • Stewart Lake County Park
  • Token Creek County Park
  • Viking County Park
  • Walking Iron County Park
  • Yahara Heights County Park

Communities[edit]

Political map of Dane County

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Quick Facts: Dane County, Wisconsin". Census Bureau. July 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Early Wisconsin". The Milwaukee Journal, September 26, 1896.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 99. 
  6. ^ Starkweather, Charles Marcus, ed. (1898). The Red Book of the Sun Prairie Methodist Episcopal Church. C. M. Starkweather. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Census Bureau. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "American FactFinder". Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 43°04′N 89°25′W / 43.07°N 89.42°W / 43.07; -89.42