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Coloma, Wisconsin
Looking west in downtown Coloma
Looking west in downtown Coloma
Location of Coloma in Waushara County, Wisconsin.
Location of Coloma in Waushara County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Waushara
Area
 • Total 1.49 sq mi (3.85 km2)
 • Land 1.49 sq mi (3.85 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,106 ft (337 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 450
 • Estimate 
(2019)
448
 • Density 301.48/sq mi (116.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
zip code
54930
Area code(s) Area code 715
FIPS code 55-16400
GNIS feature ID 1583003

Coloma is a village in Waushara County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 450 at the 2010 census. The village is located within the Town of Coloma. Coloma is home of the annual Coloma Chicken Chew, held at the end of June.

History

The Coloma area was first settled in 1849 by John Drake and a man named Stowe. Stowe stole lumber Drake left in the area when Drake had to leave due to a family illness. Stowe built a tavern with the timber, leaving Drake to build his tavern out of rough hewn logs.

By 1875, the area was known as Ross Corners, after the local postmaster. A railroad between Stevens Point and Portage was soon built, coming through four miles to the east at a spot called Coloma Station. The post office was moved from Ross Corners to Coloma Station, and Ross Corners soon became known as Coloma Corners.

Geology

Glover Bluff crater, a meteor crater, is located about 4 miles south of Coloma.

Geography

Coloma is located at 44°02′00″N 89°31′16″W / 44.033421°N 89.521077°W / 44.033421; -89.521077 (44.033421, -89.521077).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.46 square miles (3.78 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 74
1940 308
1950 338 9.7%
1960 312 −7.7%
1970 336 7.7%
1980 367 9.2%
1990 383 4.4%
2000 461 20.4%
2010 450 −2.4%
2019 (est.) 448 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Coloma Wisconsin Sign Looking West WIS 21
Looking west at the sign for Coloma

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 450 people, 184 households, and 120 families residing in the village. The population density was 308.2 inhabitants per square mile (119.0/km2). There were 214 housing units at an average density of 146.6 per square mile (56.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 184 households, of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the village was 39.6 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

Notable people

  • Hellen M. Brooks, educator and Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Coloma.
  • Thomas Fearne, farmer and Wisconsin State Senator, lived in Coloma.
  • Frank Ploetz, farmer, businessman, and Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Coloma.
  • Hiram W. Roblier, Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Coloma.

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