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Barron County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Barron County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1874
Seat Barron
Largest City Rice Lake
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

890 sq mi (2,305 km²)
863 sq mi (2,235 km²)
27 sq mi (70 km²), 3.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

45,870
53/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.barroncountywi.gov
Named for: Henry D. Barron

Barron County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,870. Its county seat is Barron. The county was created in 1859 and later organized in 1874.

History

The county was created in 1859 as Dallas County (named after Vice President George M. Dallas), with the county seat located at Barron. It was renamed Barron County on March 4, 1869. The county took the name Barron in honor of Wisconsin lawyer and politician Henry D. Barron, who served as circuit judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Barron County was organized in 1874.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 890 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 863 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (3.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 8.svg U.S. Highway 8
  • US 53.svg U.S. Highway 53
  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • WIS 25.svg Highway 25 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 48.svg Highway 48 (Wisconsin)

Airports

  • KRPD - Rice Lake Regional Airport serves Barron County.
  • KUBE - Cumberland Municipal Airport is located three miles south of Cumberland.
  • Y23 - Chetek Municipal–Southworth Airport also serves the county and surrounding communities.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 13
1870 538 4,038.5%
1880 7,024 1,205.6%
1890 15,416 119.5%
1900 23,677 53.6%
1910 29,114 23.0%
1920 34,281 17.7%
1930 34,301 0.1%
1940 34,289 0.0%
1950 34,703 1.2%
1960 34,270 −1.2%
1970 33,955 −0.9%
1980 38,730 14.1%
1990 40,750 5.2%
2000 44,963 10.3%
2010 45,870 2.0%
Est. 2015 45,563 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014
USA Barron County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Barron County

As of the census of 2000, there were 44,963 people, 17,851 households, and 12,352 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 20,969 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 21.8% Norwegian and 5.3% Irish ancestry.

There were 17,851 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% 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 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% 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 96.00 males.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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