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Abbotsford, Wisconsin
First Street, downtown Abbotsford
First Street, downtown Abbotsford
Nickname(s): 
Wisconsin's First City
Location of Abbotsford in Clark Countyand Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Abbotsford in Clark County
and Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Counties Clark, Marathon
Area
 • Total 3.03 sq mi (7.86 km2)
 • Land 3.03 sq mi (7.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,407 ft (429 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,310
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,233
 • Density 735.99/sq mi (284.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-00100
GNIS feature ID 1560663

Abbotsford is a city in Clark (mostly) and Marathon counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 2,310 at the 2010 census. Of this, 1,616 were in Clark County, and 694 were in Marathon County. Abbotsford is nicknamed "Wisconsin's First City" due to its alphabetical place on a list of Wisconsin cities.

History

In 1872, the Wisconsin Central Railroad cleared its right of way through the forest which would become Abbotsford, heading north for Ashland. Rails were built through the town site in 1874. In 1879 the directors of the Wisconsin Central decided to build west from Colby to Chippewa Falls, to connect there with the Chippewa Falls & Western and ultimately St. Paul. However, they found that Colby Hill was not a good site for a junction and rail yard, so they instead planned the east-west line 2.5 miles north of Colby. The place was called Colby Junction from 1879 to 1880, then renamed for Edwin H. Abbott of the Wisconsin Central.

The city was incorporated in 1965.

Geography

Abbotsford is located at 44°56′48″N 90°19′6″W / 44.94667°N 90.31833°W / 44.94667; -90.31833 (44.946716, -90.318333).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.71 square miles (7.02 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 443
1910 947 113.8%
1920 782 −17.4%
1930 781 −0.1%
1940 920 17.8%
1950 1,013 10.1%
1960 1,171 15.6%
1970 1,375 17.4%
1980 1,901 38.3%
1990 1,916 0.8%
2000 1,956 2.1%
2010 2,310 18.1%
2019 (est.) 2,233 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2009-0620-Abbotsford-CH
City of Abbotsford Municipal Center, housing the library and city hall
2009-0620-Abbotsford-FDPD
Fire and police departments

Abbotsford is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 2010 Abbotsford had a population of 2,310. The racial and ethnic composition was 73.7% non-Hispanic white, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% reporting two or more races and 25.0% Hispanic or Latino.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,310 people, 864 households, and 569 families living in the city. The population density was 852.4 inhabitants per square mile (329.1/km2). There were 941 housing units at an average density of 347.2 per square mile (134.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.9% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 16.4% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.0% of the population.

There were 864 households, of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.14.

The median age in the city was 36.7 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 20.9% were from 45 to 64; and 19.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

Education

Abbotsford Public Schools are part of the Abbotsford School District. The district has one elementary school, one middle/senior high school and one alternative high school and education center.

Notable people

  • Herman Hedrich, Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Abbotsford.
  • Galen Laack, NFL player, was born in Abbotsford.
  • Frank Nikolay, Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Abbotsford.

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