Woodruff, Wisconsin

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Woodruff, Wisconsin
Location of Woodruff, Wisconsin
Location of Woodruff, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°52′8″N 89°38′48″W / 45.86889°N 89.64667°W / 45.86889; -89.64667
Country United States
State Wisconsin
 • Total35.6 sq mi (92.1 km2)
 • Land28.5 sq mi (73.9 km2)
 • Water7.0 sq mi (18.2 km2)
Elevation1,594 ft (486 m)
 • Total1,982
 • Density69.5/sq mi (26.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)715 & 534
FIPS code55-88950[2]
GNIS feature ID1584479[1]

Woodruff is a town in Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,055 at the 2010 census. The census-designated place of Woodruff is located in the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.1 km²), of which, 28.5 square miles (73.9 km²) of it is land and 7.0 square miles (18.2 km²) of it (19.79%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,982 people, 866 households, and 538 families residing in the town. The population density was 69.5 people per square mile (26.8/km²). There were 1,515 housing units at an average density of 53.1 per square mile (20.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.72% White, 0.25% African American, 1.51% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 866 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,335, and the median income for a family was $45,815. Males had a median income of $32,009 versus $21,964 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,508. About 8.3% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways[edit]

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U.S. 51 Northbound US 51 routes to Hurley, Wisconsin. Southbound, US 51 routes to Merrill, Wisconsin.
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WIS 47 travels north to Lac du Flambeau and south to Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
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WIS 70 travels east to Eagle River, Wisconsin and west to Fifield.


The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (KRHI) serves Woodruff, the county and surrounding communities with both scheduled commercial jet service and general aviation services.

Points of interest[edit]

Woodruff is home to the world's largest penny (known to local residents as "The Big Penny"). Made of concrete, the penny weighs 17,452 pounds.[3] It commemorates a fundraising stunt engineered by Kate Pelham Newcomb, who inspired schoolchildren to collect pennies to raise money for a hospital in Woodruff. 1.7 million pennies were collected.[4]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "World's Largest Penny". World's Largest Things. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  4. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2255
  5. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Library. The Wisconsin Blue Book 1937. Madison: State of Wisconsin, 1937, p. 21.

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Coordinates: 45°53′47″N 89°41′57″W / 45.89639°N 89.69917°W / 45.89639; -89.69917