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Couderay, Wisconsin
Location of Couderay in Sawyer County, Wisconsin.
Location of Couderay in Sawyer County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Sawyer
 • Total 0.99 sq mi (2.57 km2)
 • Land 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
1,329 ft (405 m)
 • Total 88
 • Estimate 
 • Density 88.75/sq mi (34.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-17250
GNIS feature ID 1583020

Couderay is a village in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, United States, along the Couderay River. The population was 88 at the 2010 census. The village is located within the Town of Couderay.

Couderay is home to Al Capone's northwoods hideaway, a tourist site called "The Hideout." The Hideout was purchased in the spring of 2010 by the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Tribe after bankruptcy hearings for the previous owners.

Name origin

Couderay is a truncated name of French origin denoting the term "short ears" (courtes oreilles) in connection with those of the Ojibwa people. French explorers and French-Canadian trappers who roamed the northern part of French Louisiana and the Great Lakes at the time of New France created this name.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2), of which, 0.96 square miles (2.49 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


On February 2, and February 4, 1996, the temperature fell to −55 °F (−48 °C), the coldest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 171
1940 189 10.5%
1950 133 −29.6%
1960 113 −15.0%
1970 123 8.8%
1980 114 −7.3%
1990 92 −19.3%
2000 96 4.3%
2010 88 −8.3%
2019 (est.) 86 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 88 people, 35 households, and 20 families living in the village. The population density was 91.7 inhabitants per square mile (35.4/km2). There were 51 housing units at an average density of 53.1 per square mile (20.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 73.9% White, 12.5% Native American, 1.1% from other races, and 12.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 35 households, of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, and 42.9% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the village was 45.5 years. 15.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.4% were from 25 to 44; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 55.7% male and 44.3% female.

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