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Belmont, Wisconsin
Public library and community building
Public library and community building
Location of Belmont in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.
Location of Belmont in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Lafayette
Area
 • Total 0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Land 0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,181 ft (360 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 986
 • Estimate 
(2019)
976
 • Density 1,106.58/sq mi (427.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-06450
GNIS feature ID 1582788

Belmont is a village in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 986 at the 2010 census.

History

Capitol at Belmont, Wisconsin - History of Iowa
1903 illustration of the old Capitol

Founded in 1835 by land speculator John Atchison, Belmont was the original capital of the Wisconsin Territory, and the original territorial capitol building is preserved a few miles northwest of the village at First Capitol Historic Site. The village is located within the Town of Belmont.

Transportation

For many years U.S. Highway 151 was routed through Belmont. The highway was recently expanded to four lanes, with the new highway being routed to the north of the village.

Geography

Belmont is located at 42°44′15″N 90°20′0″W / 42.73750°N 90.33333°W / 42.73750; -90.33333 (42.737679, -90.333347).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.88 square miles (2.28 km2), all of it land. Belmont Mound State Park is located northwest of the village.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 410
1890 378 −7.8%
1900 509 34.7%
1910 532 4.5%
1920 498 −6.4%
1930 452 −9.2%
1940 476 5.3%
1950 474 −0.4%
1960 616 30.0%
1970 688 11.7%
1980 826 20.1%
1990 823 −0.4%
2000 871 5.8%
2010 986 13.2%
2019 (est.) 976 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 986 people, 439 households, and 279 families living in the village. The population density was 1,120.5 inhabitants per square mile (432.6/km2). There were 454 housing units at an average density of 515.9 per square mile (199.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 439 households, of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the village was 39.8 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

Education

Belmont High School is the local high school.

Notable people

  • James Clarke, third Governor of Iowa Territory
  • James Dolan, lawyer and politician
  • Charles Dunn, jurist and lawyer
  • Nathan Olmsted, lawyer and politician
  • Ninian E. Whiteside, first speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
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