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Brown County
Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay
Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Founded 1818
Named for Jacob Brown
Seat Green Bay
Largest city Green Bay
Area
 • Total 616 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Land 530 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Water 86 sq mi (220 km2)  14%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 268,740
 • Density 436.3/sq mi (168.44/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 8th

Brown County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2020 census, the population was 268,740, making it the fourth-most populous county in Wisconsin. The county seat is Green Bay, making it one of three Wisconsin counties on Lake Michigan not to have a county seat with the same name. Brown County is part of the Green Bay, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Wisconsin Territory depicted on this 1835 Tourist's Pocket Map Of Michigan, showing a Menominee-filled Brown County, Wisconsin that spans the northern half of the territory.
Wisconsin Territory depicted on this 1835 Tourist's Pocket Map Of Michigan, showing a Menominee-filled Brown County, Wisconsin that spans the northern half of the territory.

Brown County is one of Wisconsin's two original counties, along with Crawford County. It originally spanned the entire eastern half of the state when formed by the Michigan Territorial legislature in 1818. It was named for Major General Jacob Brown, a military leader during the War of 1812.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 616 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 530 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 86 square miles (220 km2) (14%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-41.svg Interstate 41
  • I-43.svg Interstate 43
  • US 41.svg U.S. Highway 41
  • US 141.svg U.S. Highway 141
  • WIS 29.svg Highway 29 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 32.svg Highway 32 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 54.svg Highway 54 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 57.svg Highway 57 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 96.svg Highway 96 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 160.svg Highway 160 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 172.svg Highway 172 (Wisconsin)

Demographics

Birth related statistics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,107
1850 6,215 195.0%
1860 11,795 89.8%
1870 25,168 113.4%
1880 34,078 35.4%
1890 39,164 14.9%
1900 46,359 18.4%
1910 54,098 16.7%
1920 61,889 14.4%
1930 70,249 13.5%
1940 83,109 18.3%
1950 98,314 18.3%
1960 125,082 27.2%
1970 158,244 26.5%
1980 175,280 10.8%
1990 194,594 11.0%
2000 226,778 16.5%
2010 248,007 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 248,007 people, 98,383 households, and 63,721 families living in the county. The population density was 403 people per square mile (156/km2). There were 104,371 housing units at an average density of 170 per square mile (66/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.5% White, 2.2% Black or African American, 2.7% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.0004% Pacific Islander, 3.7% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. 7.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 98,383 households 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 27.7% of households were one person and 8.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.

The age distribution was 24.1% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% 65 or older. The median age was 36.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.

Communities

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Farmland in rural Brown County
Neville Public Museum Dinosaur Sculpture Re-dedication
The County Executive Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Neville Museum Director, and Mayor Jim Schmitt of Green Bay in front of the dinosaur sculpture.

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Native American communities

Ghost towns/Neighborhoods

Brown County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year Republican Democratic
2016 52.1% 67,199 41.4% 53,364
2012 50.3% 64,836 48.5% 62,526
2008 44.8% 55,854 53.9% 67,269
2004 54.5% 67,173 44.6% 54,935
2000 50.4% 54,258 45.6% 49,096
1996 42.5% 38,563 47.1% 42,823
1992 41.2% 42,352 36.5% 37,513
1988 50.8% 43,625 48.6% 41,788
1984 62.4% 51,202 36.8% 30,218
1980 56.7% 47,067 35.9% 29,796
1976 50.6% 36,571 46.5% 33,572
1972 56.5% 37,101 40.4% 26,511
1968 53.7% 30,133 38.5% 21,615
1964 40.6% 21,134 59.3% 30,851
1960 49.7% 26,329 50.2% 26,577

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