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Chilton, Wisconsin
City
Chilton Wisconsin Downtown Looking East US151.jpg
Location in Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Calumet
Area
 • Total 4.01 sq mi (10.39 km2)
 • Land 3.97 sq mi (10.28 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 902 ft (275 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,933
 • Estimate (2012) 3,964
 • Density 990.7/sq mi (382.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-14475
GNIS feature ID 1563022
Website chilton.govoffice.com
ChiltonWisconsinCommunityCenter
Chilton Community Center
ChiltonWisconsinHighSchoolEntranceJuly2007
Chilton High School
ChiltonPostOffice
Chilton Post Office
CalumetMedicalCenter
Calumet Medical Center
ChiltonWisconsinWelcomeSign
Welcome sign in Klinkner Park

Chilton is a city in and county seat of Calumet County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 3,933 at the 2010 census. The city is located partially within the Town of Chilton.

History

The first residents of Chilton were African-American former slave Moses Stanton and his Native-American wife, Catherine, who arrived in January 1845. The city formed around his saw mill and a grist mill a few years later.

The village was originally called Stantonville. John Marygold bought the place in 1852 and called it "Chilington," referring to Chillington Hall in England. He sent a verbal message to have the name change recorded in Stockbridge, then the county seat. Because the middle ing in the name was accidentally omitted, the municipality was recorded as Chilton. An alternative explanation for the name is that it was a reference to a village called Chilton near Oxford, England.

The county seat was changed to Chilton in December 1853 and the county's first courthouse was built. Most Chilton residents in the 19th century had German heritage.

Gravesville

Chilton annexed the unincorporated community of Gravesville in the late twentieth century. Gravesville was founded 1849 by Leroy Graves and the community was named after him. By 1881 it was one of the largest communities in the county behind Chilton and Stockbridge. Gravesville had over 400 residents and it unsuccessfully vied for becoming the county seat. Graves built a sawmill in 1849 which remained in the community until he moved it to Fond du Lac in 1886. At its peak, the community had several general stores, a furniture factory, and a saw/planing mill. It also had a post office (as of 1876).

Panorama of Calumet County, Wisconsin soldiers gathered in uptown Chilton, Wisconsin after World War I
Panorama of Calumet County, Wisconsin soldiers gathered in uptown Chilton, Wisconsin after World War I

Geography

Chilton is located at Missing latitude in Module:Coordinates.formatTest()
(44.030745, -88.158704), along the South Branch of the Manitowoc River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.01 square miles (10.39 km2), of which, 3.97 square miles (10.28 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Transportation

US 151.svg
U.S. 151 east and west, US 151 routes to Chilton, Wisconsin.
WIS 32.svg
WIS 32 is concurrent with WIS 57 in both directions southbound to New Holstein, Wisconsin and northbound to Green Bay, Wisconsin.
WIS 57.svg
WIS 57 travels south concurrent with WIS 32.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 363
1880 1,132 211.8%
1890 1,424 25.8%
1900 1,460 2.5%
1910 1,630 11.6%
1920 1,833 12.5%
1930 1,945 6.1%
1940 2,203 13.3%
1950 2,367 7.4%
1960 2,578 8.9%
1970 3,030 17.5%
1980 2,965 −2.1%
1990 3,240 9.3%
2000 3,708 14.4%
2010 3,933 6.1%
Est. 2015 3,896 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,033 people, 1,687 households, and 1,027 families residing in the city. The population density was 990.7 inhabitants per square mile (382.5/km2). There were 1,808 housing units at an average density of 455.4 per square mile (175.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.0% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 1,687 households of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.1% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 40 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,508 people, 1,012 households, and 952 families residing in the city. The population density was 952.4 per square mile (367.7/km2). There were 1,606 housing units at an average density of 412.5 per square mile (159.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.49% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,512 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,401, and the median income for a family was $51,581. Males had a median income of $35,163 versus $22,672 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,778. About 4.9% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Highway

Primary routes to the city are Wisconsin Highway 57/Wisconsin Highway 32 to the north and southeast, and U.S. Route 151 to the east and west. Secondary routes are County Highway G to the south, County Highway F to the northwest, and County Highway Y to the northeast.

Water

The south branch of the Manitowoc River snakes through Chilton. Some of the river is navigable, but it is unused except for recreational canoeing. A widening of the river called Lake Chilton has been used for ice skating in winter.

Notable businesses

  • Kaytee, a bird seed producer is headquartered in Chilton.
  • Gravity Park USA, a motocross track, is located near Chilton.

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