Location of Elmwood, Wisconsin
|• Total||1.53 sq mi (3.96 km2)|
|• Land||1.51 sq mi (3.91 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||860 ft (262 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||805|
|• Density||541.1/sq mi (208.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||715 & 534|
|GNIS feature ID||1564582|
Elmwood is located at (44.778996, -92.149090).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.53 square miles (3.96 km2), of which, 1.51 square miles (3.91 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.
The Elmwood School District is the only district located in the town of Elmwood. Grades k-12 are all located in one building. There are numerous extra curricular activities that the school district offers. Student organizations consist of the following: band, choir, student council, Spanish club, forensics, FCCLA, FFA and NHS. Football, volleyball, cross country, dance, boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball and track & field are the sports offered at the high school level. The EPC Wolves is the newest edition to the Elmwood Athletics Department Coached by Jerry Hannack.
As of the census of 2010, there were 817 people, 343 households, and 222 families residing in the village. The population density was 541.1 inhabitants per square mile (208.9/km2). There were 379 housing units at an average density of 251.0 per square mile (96.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.
There were 343 households of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the village was 43.2 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 841 people, 343 households, and 218 families residing in the village. The population density was 568.2 people per square mile (219.4/km²). There were 366 housing units at an average density of 247.3 per square mile (95.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.98% White, 0.12% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.83% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.
There were 343 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $33,558, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $32,375 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,369. About 2.3% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
The village of Elmwood hosts the annual "UFO Days" festival on the final weekend of July. The main areas where events are held are the downtown intersection of Elmwood (Main St & Winter Ave), the Elmwood Area School Athletic Fields, and the Elmwood Rod & Gun Club. Typical events include a Parade, Softball Tournament, Fun Run, Medallion Hunt, and live music. The full event list varies year to year.
The local interest in UFOs, according Howard Blum's book, Out There: the government's secret quest for extraterrestrials, (Simon & Schuster, 1990, NY, 300 pp.), comes because many, many unexplainable things have been seen over the years by what appear to be solid, level-headed locals. A secret UFO Working Group of government officials investigated the stories, choosing Elmwood because of the persistence of the sightings. Blum is a former NY Times journalist who learned the government was investigating potential security threats from extraterrestrials and wrote a book about it. The UFO Working Group was led by a Colonel Phillips, and did its work in a methodical, scientific way. In conclusion Phillips "recited a long list of all the possible rational explanations for the sightings." "Each one," the colonel stated, "had proved inapplicable to the situation in Elmwood. . . 'Gentlemen,' Colonel Phillips announced rather forlornly, 'we just don't know what's in the skies over Elmwood.'" (page. 201, with Elmwood's story told from page 156 to 201)
- Tom Tiffany, Wisconsin politician
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