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Burnett County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Burnett County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1865
Seat Meenon
Largest village Grantsburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

880 sq mi (2,279 km²)
822 sq mi (2,129 km²)
58 sq mi (150 km²), 6.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

15,457
19/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: BurnettCounty.com

Burnett County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,457. Its county seat is Meenon with the majority of county governmental services located at the Burnett County Government Center. The county was created in 1856 and organized in 1865.

Geography

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 880 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 872 square miles (2,260 km2) is land and 58 square miles (150 km2) (6.6%) is water. Saginaw Lake is located in the county, south of the Namekagon River.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • WIS 35.svg Highway 35 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 48.svg Highway 48 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 70.svg Highway 70 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 77.svg Highway 77 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 87.svg Highway 87 (Wisconsin)

Airports

  • Burnett County Airport (KRZN) serves the county and surrounding communities.
  • Grantsburg Municipal Airport (KGTG) enhances county service.

National protected area

  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 12
1870 706 5,783.3%
1880 3,140 344.8%
1890 4,393 39.9%
1900 7,478 70.2%
1910 9,026 20.7%
1920 10,735 18.9%
1930 10,233 −4.7%
1940 11,382 11.2%
1950 10,236 −10.1%
1960 9,214 −10.0%
1970 9,276 0.7%
1980 12,340 33.0%
1990 13,084 6.0%
2000 15,674 19.8%
2010 15,457 −1.4%
Est. 2015 15,159 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014
USA Burnett County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Burnett County

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,674 people, 6,613 households, and 4,503 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 12,582 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.25% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 4.45% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.9% were of German, 15.4% Swedish, 12.8% Norwegian and 6.3% Irish ancestry.

There were 6,613 households out of which 25.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 26.90% 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 2.33 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 28.40% from 45 to 64, and 20.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 101.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.30 males.

Communities

Burnett County is one of only three Wisconsin counties that have no incorporated cities. It is the only Wisconsin county to have villages but no cities.

Villages

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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