Freedom, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Freedom
Location of Freedom, Wisconsin
|• Total||35.8 sq mi (92.6 km2)|
|• Land||35.8 sq mi (92.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||735 ft (224 m)|
|• Density||146.6/sq mi (56.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1583242|
Freedom is a town in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 5,842 at the 2010 census. The unincorporated communities of Freedom and Murphy Corner are located in the town and the unincorporated community of Five Corners is located partially within the town.
The first non-native settler in the Town of Freedom was James Andrew Jackson, an African-American who arrived in 1830. Jackson was asked by town residents if they could name the town "Jackson" after him, but he wanted the town to be named Freedom because this was where he obtained his freedom.
The Town of Freedom was established on June 5, 1852, and was split off from the Town of Lansing. In doing so, Freedom took most of the town of Lansing's residents, its town seat, and all of its standing town officers. (The remaining town and land comprising Lansing was renamed the Town of Center in April 1853).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.6 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,241 people, 1,833 households, and 1,451 families residing in the town. The population density was 146.6 people per square mile (56.6/km²). There were 1,859 housing units at an average density of 52.0 per square mile (20.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.68% White, 0.71% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.
There were 1,833 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the town, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $57,868, and the median income for a family was $60,587. Males had a median income of $37,423 versus $26,727 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,462. About 1.6% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 1.3% of those age 65 or over.
Looking north at Freedom from Highway 55
- Charles Clack, Wisconsin politician
- James Lennon, Wisconsin politician
- Garrett Lowney, 2000 Olympic bronze medalist (Greco-Roman Wrestling), attended Freedom High School.
- James McCann, Wisconsin politician
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- "The town of Freedom and Black History Month". WIWB. February 10, 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "History of Center, Wisconsin". history.rays-place.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.