New Richmond, Wisconsin

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New Richmond, Wisconsin
City
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Location of New Richmond, Wisconsin
Location of New Richmond, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°7′11″N 92°32′21″W / 45.11972°N 92.53917°W / 45.11972; -92.53917Coordinates: 45°7′11″N 92°32′21″W / 45.11972°N 92.53917°W / 45.11972; -92.53917
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County St. Croix
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
 • Mayor Fred Horne
Area[1]
 • Total 9.35 sq mi (24.22 km2)
 • Land 9.18 sq mi (23.78 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation[2] 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 8,375
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 8,455
 • Density 912.3/sq mi (352.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-57100[5]
GNIS feature ID 1581681[2]
Website www.newrichmondwi.gov

New Richmond is a city in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, United States. Its population was 8,375 as of the 2010 census.

History[edit]

New Richmond was founded in 1857. In August 2007, the town celebrated its sesquicentennial. The town was named after Richmond Day,[6] the land surveyor responsible for plotting the town. With it being the second town in Wisconsin to take the name Richmond, the name was altered to New Richmond.

On June 12, 1899, a deadly F5 tornado struck New Richmond.[7] The tornado destroyed a large portion of the town, primarily Main Street and New Richmond's east side, killing 117 and injuring 125 people. To this day it stands as the ninth deadliest tornado in United States history, according to the National Storm Prediction Center.[8] Most of Main Street (Knowles Avenue) was rebuilt within five months.[9]

Geography[edit]

New Richmond is located at 45°07′11″N 92°32′21″W / 45.119856°N 92.539142°W / 45.119856; -92.539142 (45.119856, -92.539142).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.35 square miles (24.22 km2), of which, 9.18 square miles (23.78 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.[1] A major source of hydrological water is from the Willow River which is dammed near the center of town.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 729
1890 1,408 93.1%
1900 1,631 15.8%
1910 1,988 21.9%
1920 2,248 13.1%
1930 2,112 −6.0%
1940 2,388 13.1%
1950 2,886 20.9%
1960 3,316 14.9%
1970 3,707 11.8%
1980 4,306 16.2%
1990 5,106 18.6%
2000 6,310 23.6%
2010 8,375 32.7%
Est. 2014 8,679 [11] 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 8,375 people, 3,421 households, and 2,094 families residing in the city. The population density was 912.3 inhabitants per square mile (352.2/km2). There were 3,684 housing units at an average density of 401.3 per square mile (154.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.5% White, 1.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 3,421 households of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.8% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% 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 3.01.

The median age in the city was 33.9 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,310 people, 2,561 households, and 1,546 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,237.2 people per square mile (477.7/km2). There were 2,657 housing units at an average density of 521.0 per square mile (201.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.15% White, 0.22% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 2,561 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,475, and the median income for a family was $52,422. Males had a median income of $37,306 versus $27,153 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,840. About 4.2% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The New Richmond School district consists of three elementary schools: Starr, Hillside, and Paperjack; New Richmond Middle School; and New Richmond High School.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College New Richmond is a technical college located on South Knowles Ave across from AmericInn Motel. It was built in 1976. The school serves New Richmond and the surrounding area. WITC also has campuses in Rice Lake, Ashland, and Superior, Wisconsin.[13]

Transportation[edit]

The New Richmond Regional Airport is a general aviation airport north of the central business district of New Richmond that serves the area and the military. The nearest airport with commercial flights is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Reppe, James D., Beverly S. Hooser, and Mary A. Sather. Over on the East Side, New Richmond, Wisconsin. New Richmond, Wis: New Richmond Heritage Center, 2007.
  • Reppe, James D., and Mary A. Sather. Down on the South Side, New Richmond, Wisconsin. New Richmond, Wis: New Richmond Heritage Center, 2008.
  • Reppe, James D., and Mary A. Sather. Moving West: The First Suburb, New Richmond, Wisconsin. New Richmond, Wis: New Richmond Heritage Center, 2005.
  • Reppe, James D., and Mary A. Sather. Up on the Northside, New Richmond, Wisconsin. New Richmond, Wis: New Richmond Heritage Center, 2006.
  • Sather, Mary A. Sesquicentennial Tales: 150 New Richmondites, 1857-2007, New Richmond, Wisconsin. New Richmond, Wis.: New Richmond Heritage Center, 2007.
  • Sather, Mary A. They Built Their City Twice: A History of New Richmond, Wisconsin. New Richmond, Wis: New Richmond Preservation Society, 1998.
  • Sather, Mary A., and James D. Reppe. Historic New Richmond Downtown, 1899-2009, New Richmond, Wisconsin. New Richmond, Wis: New Richmond Heritage Center, 2009.

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