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Clintonville, Wisconsin
Downtown Clintonville
Downtown Clintonville
Location of Clintonville in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.
Location of Clintonville in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Waupaca
 • Total 4.54 sq mi (11.76 km2)
 • Land 4.45 sq mi (11.51 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
814 ft (248 m)
 • Total 4,591
 • Density 1,011.2/sq mi (390.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-15725
GNIS feature ID 1563198

Clintonville is a city in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 4,591 at the 2020 census. The area that became Clintonville was first settled in March, 1855.

History and settlement

In March, 1855 Norman Clinton and his family U. P. Clinton, Boardman Luman, and Mandy settled along the bank of the Pigeon River. They built the first establishment that grew into the city of Clintonville. The home they built was constructed of poles covered with hemlock boughs. It was used until a more suitable home built of logs could be constructed. They had drinking water from two large springs located on the bank of the river “Whose delicious water had flowed unmolested since the creation of the Universe.”

In March 2012, mysterious booms were heard by some in the city. The U.S. Geological Survey detected a 1.5 magnitude microearthquake nearby on March 21 that geophysicists said might have produced the sounds.


Clintonville is located at 44°37'27" North, 88°45'29" West (44.624051, -88.758073).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.46 square miles (11.55 km2), of which, 4.40 square miles (11.40 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.



Major highways

US 45.svg
U.S. 45 Southbound US 45 routes to New London. Northbound, US 45 routes to Wittenberg.
WIS 156.svg
WIS 156 travels eastbound to WIS 29.
WIS 22.svg
WIS 22 travels north to Shawano and runs south concurrent with US 45 to Waupaca.


  • KCLI - Clintonville Municipal Airport


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 573
1890 1,466 155.8%
1900 1,653 12.8%
1910 1,747 5.7%
1920 3,275 87.5%
1930 3,572 9.1%
1940 4,134 15.7%
1950 4,657 12.7%
1960 4,778 2.6%
1970 4,600 −3.7%
1980 4,567 −0.7%
1990 4,351 −4.7%
2000 4,736 8.8%
2010 4,559 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Sign on U.S. Route 45/Wisconsin Highway 22

2020 census

As of the census of 2020, there were 4,591 people living in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,559 people, 2,002 households, and 1,154 families living in the city. The population density was 1,036.1 inhabitants per square mile (400.0/km2). There were 2,227 housing units at an average density of 506.1 per square mile (195.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 2,002 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.4% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 39.3 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.6% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 18.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.


The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company was founded in 1909 in Clintonville as the Badger Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company.

The Seagrave Fire Apparatus plant is located in Clintonville.

Clintonville Municipal Airport is noted as the location where Wisconsin Central Airlines was founded in 1944. The company then became North Central Airlines and later Republic Airlines.

Notable people

  • Dick Bennett, basketball coach
  • Tony Bennett, Son of Dick Bennett and basketball coach
  • Fred Hess, legislator
  • Jean Hundertmark, legislator and 2006 Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor
  • Mike Jirschele, MLB coach
  • J. Elmer Lehr, legislator
  • William Lorge, legislator
  • George W. Meggers, legislator
  • William Frederick Meggers, physicist
  • Otto L. Olen, legislator
  • Frank J. Olmsted, legislator
  • Daniel V. Speckhard, diplomat
  • Julius Spearbraker, legislator
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