Pierce County, Wisconsin

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Pierce County, Wisconsin
Pierce County Courthouse.jpg
Pierce County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Pierce County
Location in the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1853
Named for Franklin Pierce[1]
Seat Ellsworth
Largest city River Falls
Area
 • Total 592 sq mi (1,533 km2)
 • Land 574 sq mi (1,487 km2)
 • Water 18 sq mi (47 km2), 3.1%
Population
 • (2010) 41,019
 • Density 71/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.pierce.wi.us

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,019.[2] Its county seat is Ellsworth.[3]

Pierce County is part of the MinneapolisSt. PaulBloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Soils of Pierce County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 592 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (3.1%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Pierce County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 4,672
1870 9,958 113.1%
1880 17,744 78.2%
1890 20,385 14.9%
1900 23,943 17.5%
1910 22,079 −7.8%
1920 21,663 −1.9%
1930 21,043 −2.9%
1940 21,471 2.0%
1950 21,448 −0.1%
1960 22,503 4.9%
1970 26,652 18.4%
1980 31,149 16.9%
1990 32,765 5.2%
2000 36,804 12.3%
2010 41,019 11.5%
Est. 2016 41,238 [5] 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2014[2]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 36,804 people, 13,015 households, and 9,032 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 13,493 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.01% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.0% were of German, 16.2% Norwegian, 7.1% Swedish and 7.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,015 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 17.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

Communities[edit]

The sign for Pierce County on WIS35

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 52.7% 11,272 39.3% 8,399 8.0% 1,705
2012 49.5% 10,397 48.7% 10,235 1.9% 388
2008 44.4% 9,812 53.4% 11,803 2.2% 492
2004 47.7% 10,437 51.1% 11,176 1.2% 263
2000 45.5% 8,169 47.7% 8,559 6.9% 1,234
1996 30.7% 4,599 53.1% 7,970 16.2% 2,431
1992 28.1% 4,844 45.3% 7,824 26.7% 4,604
1988 40.9% 6,045 58.6% 8,659 0.6% 85
1984 50.7% 7,612 48.6% 7,289 0.7% 102
1980 39.7% 6,209 46.7% 7,312 13.6% 2,125
1976 40.4% 5,676 57.2% 8,039 2.5% 349
1972 50.4% 5,899 47.9% 5,611 1.8% 206
1968 48.8% 4,990 46.7% 4,783 4.5% 461
1964 34.1% 3,291 65.7% 6,351 0.3% 24
1960 56.6% 5,632 43.4% 4,317 0.1% 9
1956 61.1% 5,782 38.5% 3,644 0.3% 32
1952 67.5% 6,763 32.3% 3,241 0.2% 17
1948 45.2% 3,753 52.9% 4,395 1.9% 158
1944 62.4% 5,137 36.8% 3,033 0.8% 63
1940 66.3% 6,624 32.6% 3,259 1.2% 116
1936 42.7% 3,935 44.1% 4,061 13.2% 1,220
1932 44.3% 3,537 51.6% 4,115 4.1% 328
1928 67.7% 6,491 31.4% 3,017 0.9% 87
1924 41.0% 2,788 4.4% 298 54.7% 3,719
1920 82.6% 4,441 12.0% 644 5.4% 290
1916 51.9% 1,945 44.0% 1,650 4.1% 154
1912 29.1% 986 29.1% 985 41.8% 1,414
1908 71.6% 2,988 23.4% 978 4.9% 206
1904 82.3% 3,492 14.0% 594 3.7% 158
1900 73.0% 3,433 22.1% 1,041 4.9% 232
1896 69.8% 3,724 26.5% 1,412 3.8% 200
1892 57.7% 2,315 30.1% 1,210 12.2% 490

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 163. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 44°43′N 92°25′W / 44.72°N 92.42°W / 44.72; -92.42