Hayward, Wisconsin

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This article is about the city. For the adjacent town, see Hayward (town), Wisconsin.
Hayward is located in Wisconsin
Location of the city of Hayward
within Sawyer County, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 46°0′36″N 91°28′50″W / 46.01000°N 91.48056°W / 46.01000; -91.48056Coordinates: 46°0′36″N 91°28′50″W / 46.01000°N 91.48056°W / 46.01000; -91.48056
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Sawyer
 • Mayor Bill Swintkowski[1]
 • Total 3.36 sq mi (8.70 km2)
 • Land 3.13 sq mi (8.11 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 2,318
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 2,313
 • Density 740.6/sq mi (285.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 54843[5]
Area code(s) 715 and 534[6]
FIPS code 55-33450[7]
GNIS feature ID 1583370[8]
Website www.cityofhaywardwi.gov

Hayward is a city in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, United States, next to the Namekagon River. The population was 2,318 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Sawyer County. The city is surrounded by the Town of Hayward.


Hayward was "named for Anthony Judson Hayward, a lumberman who located the site for building a saw-mill, around which the town grew."[9][10]

Logging began in the late 1850s. Loggers came from Cortland County, New York, Carroll County, New Hampshire, Orange County, Vermont, Down East Maine in what is now Washington County, Maine and Hancock County, Maine. These were "Yankee" migrants, that is to say they were descended from the English Puritans who had settled New England during the 1600s. They were mostly members of the Congregational Church.[11] In the 1890s immigrants came from a variety of countries such as Germany, Norway, Poland, Ireland and Sweden.


Hayward is located at 46°0′36″N 91°28′50″W / 46.01000°N 91.48056°W / 46.01000; -91.48056 (46.01, -91.480556).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.36 square miles (8.70 km2), of which, 3.13 square miles (8.11 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2) is water.[2]

Hayward is located 71 miles southeast of Superior, 27 miles northeast of Spooner, about 107 miles north of Eau Claire, and 57 miles southwest of Ashland.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,349
1920 1,302
1930 1,207 −7.3%
1940 1,571 30.2%
1950 1,577 0.4%
1960 1,540 −2.3%
1970 1,457 −5.4%
1980 1,698 16.5%
1990 1,897 11.7%
2000 2,129 12.2%
2010 2,318 8.9%
Est. 2015 2,296 [13] −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,318 people, 1,048 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 740.6 inhabitants per square mile (285.9/km2). There were 1,227 housing units at an average density of 392.0 per square mile (151.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.3% White, 0.4% African American, 11.8% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 1,048 households of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.5% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.5% were non-families. 41.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 39.8 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 20.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,129 people, 960 households, and 530 families residing in the city. The population density was 717.2 people per square mile (276.8/km²). There were 1,064 housing units at an average density of 358.4 per square mile (138.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.62% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 8.08% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 960 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,421, and the median income for a family was $36,287. Males had a median income of $30,174 versus $20,769 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,658. About 10.6% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways[edit]

U.S. Highway 63, Wisconsin Highway 27, and Wisconsin Highway 77 are three of the main routes in the community.


Sawyer County Airport serves Hayward and the surrounding communities.


The World's Largest Muskie, at the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame; Hayward's most famous landmark.

Hayward is a popular fishing destination because of the many lakes in the area including Lac Courte Oreilles, Grindstone Lake, Round Lake, Moose Lake, Spider Lake, Windigo Lake, and the Chippewa Flowage, which are known for yielding trophy-sized muskellunge ("muskie" or "musky"), northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass. It is also home to the "Quiet Lakes" (Teal, Ghost and Lost Land Lakes), which do not allow water sports as do the larger lakes.

The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is located in Hayward. It contains a 143-foot (44 m) fiberglass musky, the world's largest fiberglass structure.[15] Tourists can climb up into the mouth of the fish, and look over the town, as well as Lake Hayward. In addition to fishing, Hayward is also a hot spot for deer hunting, golfing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, and road and mountain biking.

Sawyer County, where Hayward is located, has over 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, including 335 miles that run through county forests and connect with trails in adjoining counties.[16][17]

ATV (quad bikes) riding along existing county forest logging roads is permitted. There are 95.7 miles of state-funded ATV trails for winter use and 80.8 miles designated for summer use. State owned trails include the Tuscobia Trail (51 miles), which runs from the Flambeau River to the western county line and the Dead Horse Connector (38 miles) in the eastern Flambeau Forest. The trail system also connects to 140 miles of trail within the Chequamegon National Forest. Hayward allows ATVs on some roads within the city.[16][18]

The annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is the largest mass start mountain bike race in the United States.[citation needed] The first Fat Tire Festival was held in 1983 with 27 riders, and in 2008 the race was capped at 2500 competitors. The two main races include the 40-mile “Chequamegon 40”, and the 16-mile “Short and Fat.”[19]

Participants in the annual Lumberjack World Championships compete in a variety of lumberjack games such as log rolling, chopping, sawing, and chainsaw events.

Hayward hosts the American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing race, the largest cross country ski marathon in North America.[20] The American Birkebeiner first started in 1973. No U.S. Ski Team members were in it, or any foreign skiers. It was unknown then. But today over 13,000 skiers race every year.[21] It is one of Haywards largest and most popular tourist attractions.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe host several powwows throughout the year. The largest pow-wow in North America is held annually in the third weekend of July in Hayward.[citation needed] The Honor the Earth Pow-wow honors mother Earth and the Creator.[22]

The Park Theatre is a performing arts center in Hayward, located on Highway 63. The Park Center is operated by the Cable Hayward Area Arts Council (CHARAC). A variety of musical and artistic performances are presented, throughout the year.





Stations received in Hayward that are from the Duluth area:


Hayward High School and Hayward Middle School serve the community. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College offers several degrees.

Sister city[edit]

Hayward officially has one sister city:

Norway Lillehammer, Norway

Notable people[edit]


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  5. ^ US Postal Service – ZIP Codes
  6. ^ North American Numbering Plan Administration
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  10. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 178. 
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  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
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  17. ^ "Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources snowmobiling information" (PDF). 
  18. ^ "Sawyer County Land & Water Use Planning 2014 to 2020" (PDF). 
  19. ^ Fat Tire Festival website
  20. ^ Kaye, Nick (27 January 2006). "Not All Downhill (Not Even Mostly)". The New York Times. 
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  23. ^ Greenhouse, Linda (2005). Becoming Justice Blackmun. Times Boks. p. 248. ISBN 0-8050-7791-X. 
  24. ^ Morey, Joe (February 2, 2010). "Councilman reports on Hideout and other issues at the Directors Meeting". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 

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