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Birnamwood, Wisconsin
Village
Looking north at downtown Birnamwood
Looking north at downtown Birnamwood
Location of Birnamwood in Shawano County, Wisconsin.
Location of Birnamwood in Shawano County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Counties Shawano, Marathon
Area
 • Total 2.20 sq mi (5.70 km2)
 • Land 2.20 sq mi (5.70 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,302 ft (397 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 818
 • Estimate 
(2019)
782
 • Density 354.97/sq mi (137.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area codes 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-07600
GNIS feature ID 1561822

Birnamwood is a village in Marathon and Shawano counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 818 at the 2010 census. Of this, 802 were in Shawano County, and 16 were in Marathon County. The village is located mostly within the town of Birnamwood in Shawano County; only a small portion extends into the town of Norrie in adjacent Marathon County. Until the 1990s, Birnamwood was home to the world's largest fiberglass badger. U.S. Route 45 runs through the village.

History

The village was named for Birnam Wood, a town in Scotland mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Geography

Birnamwood is located at 44°55′52″N 89°12′35″W / 44.93111°N 89.20972°W / 44.93111; -89.20972 (44.931199, -89.209643).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.21 square miles (5.72 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 475
1910 678 42.7%
1920 651 −4.0%
1930 557 −14.4%
1940 556 −0.2%
1950 561 0.9%
1960 568 1.2%
1970 632 11.3%
1980 688 8.9%
1990 693 0.7%
2000 795 14.7%
2010 818 2.9%
2019 (est.) 782 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 818 people, 343 households, and 217 families living in the village. The population density was 370.1 inhabitants per square mile (142.9/km2). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 173.3 per square mile (66.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.2% White, 0.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8%.

Of the 343 households 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.8% of households were one person and 18.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the village was 41.5 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 22.6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.

Notable people

  • Benjamin A. Cady, lawyer and legislator, lived in Birnamwood.
  • Earl W. Schmidt, farmer, jurist, and legislator, was born in Birnamwood.
  • Kip Praslowicz, fine art photographer, born in Antigo, raised in Birnamwood, related to historical family who owns local business Chet & Emil's
  • Stephanie Biagioni, notable vintage fashion curator and owner of Fresh to Death Vintage, a vintage shop frequented by Hollywood stars, raised in Birnamwood

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