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Chelsea, Wisconsin
Location of Chelsea, Wisconsin
Location of Chelsea, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Taylor
Area
 • Total 0.46 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Land 0.46 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,490 ft (454 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 113
 • Density 245.7/sq mi (94.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-14200
GNIS feature ID 1582948
PLSS township T32N R1E

Chelsea is a town in Taylor County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 113 at the 2010 census. The census-designated places of Chelsea and Whittlesey are located in the town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.19 km2), all of it land.

Most of Chelsea is hilly, with small glacial lakes. It lies within the Perkinstown terminal moraine, which is described under Taylor County.

History

The six by seven mile square that would become Chelsea was first surveyed in 1861 by a crew working for the U.S. government. Then in April 1862 another crew marked all the section corners in the township, walking through the woods and swamps, measuring with chain and compass. When done, the deputy surveyor filed this general description:

The Surface of this Township is generally rolling and considerably Swampy. Timber principally Hemlock mixed with Birch Sugar Spruce (?) Tamarac Cedar and White Pine. It is watered by numerous Small Streams which unite and form two of considerable size one running in a Southerly direction and the other running NW and becoming a tributary of Chipewa river. The Township on the whole would not be very well adapted to agricultural purposes.

When Taylor County was formed in 1875, Chelsea was six miles north to south, but it spanned the full width of the county, including all modern towns from Pershing to Greenwood.

In 1933 much of the northwest quarter of Chelsea was designated part of the Chequamegon National Forest

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 113 people, 43 households, and 31 families living in the CDP. The population density was 245.7 inhabitants per square mile (94.9/km2). There were 51 housing units at an average density of 110.9 per square mile (42.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.1% White and 0.9% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 43 households, out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.9% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the CDP was 37.8 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.4% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the CDP was 44.2% male and 55.8% female.

Notable people

  • Joseph Schmittfranz, Wisconsin State Representative, was born in the town.
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