Richland County, Wisconsin

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Richland County, Wisconsin
Richland County Courthouse - panoramio (1).jpg
Richland County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Richland County
Location in the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1850
Seat Richland Center
Largest city Richland Center
Area
 • Total 589 sq mi (1,526 km2)
 • Land 586 sq mi (1,518 km2)
 • Water 3.1 sq mi (8 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010) 18,021
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website co.richland.wi.us/index.shtml

Richland County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,021.[1] Its county seat is Richland Center.[2] The county was created from the Wisconsin Territory in 1842 and organized in 1850.[3] It is named for the high quality of its soil.[4] Some rural areas in the county have their power provided by the Richland Electric Cooperative.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 589 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 586 square miles (1,520 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.5%) is water.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Richland Airport (93C) serves the county and surrounding communities.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Richland County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 903
1860 9,732 977.7%
1870 15,731 61.6%
1880 18,174 15.5%
1890 19,121 5.2%
1900 19,483 1.9%
1910 18,809 −3.5%
1920 19,823 5.4%
1930 19,525 −1.5%
1940 20,381 4.4%
1950 19,245 −5.6%
1960 17,684 −8.1%
1970 17,079 −3.4%
1980 17,476 2.3%
1990 17,521 0.3%
2000 17,924 2.3%
2010 18,021 0.5%
Est. 2016 17,476 [7] −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2014[1]
Farm along Highway 58 in rural Richland County near Cazenovia
Sign marking entrance into Richland County, with countryside in background

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 17,924 people, 7,118 households, and 4,833 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 8,164 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.39% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.7% were of German, 12.5% Norwegian, 10.3% Irish, 9.5% English and 8.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.1% spoke English, 1.1% German and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 7,118 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 49.7% 4,013 44.2% 3,569 6.0% 487
2012 41.3% 3,573 57.4% 4,969 1.3% 113
2008 39.0% 3,298 59.7% 5,041 1.3% 111
2004 51.3% 4,836 47.8% 4,501 0.9% 83
2000 48.2% 3,994 46.3% 3,837 5.6% 462
1996 36.6% 2,642 48.5% 3,502 14.9% 1,078
1992 36.8% 3,144 40.5% 3,458 22.7% 1,938
1988 52.2% 4,026 47.3% 3,643 0.5% 39
1984 62.7% 4,858 36.7% 2,844 0.7% 51
1980 53.6% 4,601 39.7% 3,413 6.7% 574
1976 54.1% 4,466 44.0% 3,634 1.8% 151
1972 66.1% 5,062 32.6% 2,492 1.3% 100
1968 59.8% 4,141 33.1% 2,288 7.1% 493
1964 42.7% 3,224 57.2% 4,315 0.1% 9
1960 63.8% 5,253 36.0% 2,965 0.1% 11
1956 64.3% 5,062 35.3% 2,783 0.4% 29
1952 74.4% 6,605 25.5% 2,260 0.1% 10
1948 55.6% 3,836 43.3% 2,990 1.2% 80
1944 61.9% 5,088 37.8% 3,109 0.4% 29
1940 60.5% 5,527 38.6% 3,524 1.0% 88
1936 48.9% 4,245 47.0% 4,080 4.2% 361
1932 43.8% 3,256 54.2% 4,027 2.0% 152
1928 70.9% 5,685 28.2% 2,262 0.9% 75
1924 42.1% 2,669 14.2% 898 43.7% 2,771
1920 77.0% 3,952 17.9% 917 5.1% 261
1916 48.6% 2,051 43.7% 1,845 7.8% 328
1912 41.0% 1,623 37.7% 1,493 21.3% 842
1908 54.8% 2,464 37.6% 1,689 7.6% 341
1904 61.5% 2,698 30.6% 1,340 7.9% 348
1900 59.5% 2,593 35.0% 1,524 5.5% 240
1896 54.0% 2,636 43.0% 2,098 3.0% 145
1892 50.0% 2,194 38.1% 1,670 12.0% 525

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Here's How Iron Got Its Name". The Rhinelander Daily News. June 16, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ http://www.richec.com/
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 43°23′N 90°26′W / 43.38°N 90.43°W / 43.38; -90.43