Waushara County, Wisconsin

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Waushara County
Waushara County courthouse
Waushara County courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Waushara County
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 44°07′N 89°14′W / 44.11°N 89.24°W / 44.11; -89.24
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Founded1852
SeatWautoma
Largest cityBerlin
Area
 • Total637 sq mi (1,650 km2)
 • Land626 sq mi (1,620 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.8%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total24,496
 • Estimate 
(2018)
24,263
 • Density38/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district6th
Websitewww.co.waushara.wi.us

Waushara County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,496.[1] Its county seat is Wautoma.[2]

Waushara County is located in central Wisconsin, about 80 miles (130 km) north of Madison.

History[edit]

Waushara County was established by an act of the Wisconsin Legislature on February 15, 1851. It originally consisted of a single organized Town of Waushara. In 1852 the county achieved full organization.[3] The county seat was first located at Sacramento and was relocated to Wautoma in 1854 after a bitter fight between proponents of the two places. The name is of Native American origin and is believed to mean "good land".[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 637 square miles (1,650 km2), of which 626 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.8%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18608,770
187011,27928.6%
188012,68712.5%
189013,5076.5%
190015,97218.2%
191018,88618.2%
192016,712−11.5%
193014,427−13.7%
194014,268−1.1%
195013,920−2.4%
196013,497−3.0%
197014,7959.6%
198018,52625.2%
199019,3854.6%
200023,15419.4%
201024,4965.8%
Est. 201824,263[6]−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790–1960[8] 1900–1990[9]
1990–2000[10] 2010–2018[1]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Waushara County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 23,154 people, 9,336 households, and 6,581 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,667 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.80% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 3.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.5% were of German, 9.1% Polish, 5.9% Irish, 5.7% American and 5.6% English ancestry. 94.5% spoke English, 3.4% Spanish and 1.4% German as their first language.

There were 9,336 households out of which 27.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.

In 2017, there were 222 births, giving a general fertility rate of 67.3 births per 1000 women aged 15–44, the 22nd highest rate out of all 72 Wisconsin counties. Of these, 19 of the births occurred at home.[12] Additionally, there were 10 reported induced abortions performed on women of Waushara County residence in 2017.[13]

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Cities[edit]

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Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 63.5% 7,667 31.4% 3,791 5.1% 616
2012 54.5% 6,562 44.3% 5,335 1.3% 151
2008 48.7% 5,770 49.5% 5,868 1.8% 211
2004 56.3% 6,888 42.9% 5,257 0.8% 101
2000 54.4% 5,571 41.4% 4,239 4.3% 438
1996 40.5% 3,573 43.3% 3,824 16.2% 1,433
1992 39.2% 4,045 32.9% 3,402 27.9% 2,882
1988 57.9% 4,953 41.3% 3,535 0.8% 65
1984 66.8% 5,769 32.2% 2,782 1.0% 86
1980 61.4% 5,576 32.9% 2,987 5.7% 514
1976 54.9% 4,449 43.0% 3,485 2.0% 164
1972 66.3% 4,466 31.1% 2,094 2.7% 179
1968 65.4% 4,187 25.8% 1,652 8.9% 568
1964 53.4% 3,437 46.6% 3,004
1960 72.2% 4,906 27.8% 1,888 0.1% 5
1956 77.0% 4,717 22.6% 1,387 0.4% 23
1952 81.1% 5,447 18.5% 1,242 0.4% 24
1948 69.6% 3,594 27.7% 1,430 2.7% 140
1944 75.5% 4,675 24.0% 1,485 0.5% 29
1940 72.9% 4,872 26.1% 1,747 1.0% 66
1936 51.4% 3,302 41.1% 2,636 7.5% 483
1932 44.3% 2,541 53.6% 3,073 2.2% 124
1928 75.4% 4,068 23.4% 1,260 1.2% 66
1924 35.4% 1,602 5.5% 249 59.1% 2,671
1920 85.2% 4,176 9.8% 482 5.0% 245
1916 67.3% 2,345 29.1% 1,015 3.6% 124
1912 44.4% 1,343 25.5% 772 30.0% 908
1908 79.7% 2,820 14.3% 507 5.9% 210
1904 87.3% 3,140 9.0% 325 3.6% 130
1900 82.0% 2,990 14.4% 525 3.6% 130
1896 84.4% 3,210 12.0% 456 3.7% 139
1892 68.5% 2,091 25.7% 786 5.8% 177

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Winnebago Took Its Name from an Indian Tribe". Appleton Post-Crescent. December 28, 1963. p. 14. Retrieved August 25, 2014 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Annual Wisconsin Birth and Infant Mortality Report, 2017 P-01161-19 (June 2019): Detailed Tables
  13. ^ Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin, Office of Health Informatics, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Section: Trend Information, 2013-2017, Table 18, pages 17-18
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved August 14, 2018.

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Coordinates: 44°07′N 89°14′W / 44.11°N 89.24°W / 44.11; -89.24