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Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal of Dane County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1839
Seat Madison
Largest City Madison
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,238 sq mi (3,206 km²)
1,197 sq mi (3,100 km²)
41 sq mi (106 km²), 3.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2016)
 - Density

531,273
443/sq mi (171/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.countyofdane.com
Named for: Nathan Dane

Dane County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 488,073, making it the second-most populous county in Wisconsin. The 2015 estimate places the county's population at 523,643. The county seat is Madison, which is also the state capital.

Dane County is part of the Madison, Wisconsin, Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the Madison-Janesville-Beloit Combined Statistical Area.

History

Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county and organized in 1839. It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory. Dane County was first settled in the 1840s by settlers from New England.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,210 km2), of which 1,197 square miles (3,100 km2) is land and 41 square miles (110 km2) (3.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-39.svg Interstate 39
  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • I-94.svg Interstate 94
  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 18.svg U.S. Highway 18
  • US 51.svg U.S. Highway 51
  • US 151.svg U.S. Highway 151
  • WIS 19.svg Highway 19 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 30.svg Highway 30 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 69.svg Highway 69 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 73.svg Highway 73 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 78.svg Highway 78 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 89.svg Highway 89 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 92.svg Highway 92 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 104.svg Highway 104 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 106.svg Highway 106 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 113.svg Highway 113 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 134.svg Highway 134 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 138.svg Highway 138 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 188.svg Highway 188 (Wisconsin)

Airports

  • Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) supports commercial airline service for Dane County.
  • Middleton Municipal Airport (C29) serves the county and surrounding communities.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 314
1850 16,639 5,199.0%
1860 43,922 164.0%
1870 53,096 20.9%
1880 53,233 0.3%
1890 59,578 11.9%
1900 69,435 16.5%
1910 77,435 11.5%
1920 89,432 15.5%
1930 112,737 26.1%
1940 130,660 15.9%
1950 169,357 29.6%
1960 222,095 31.1%
1970 290,272 30.7%
1980 323,545 11.5%
1990 367,085 13.5%
2000 426,526 16.2%
2010 488,073 14.4%
Est. 2015 523,643 7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 488,073 people, 203,750 households, and 116,752 families residing in the county. The population density was 394 people per square mile (152/km²). There were 216,022 housing units at an average density of 174 per square mile (67/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.7% White, 5.2% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.7% Asian, 0.003% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. 5.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 203,750 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.4 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

USA Dane County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dane County.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 426,526 people, 173,484 households, and 100,794 families residing in the county. The population density was 355 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 180,398 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.96% White, 4.00% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 11.5% Norwegian, 8.9% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry.

There were 173,484 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 32.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

Recreation

County parks

  • Babcock County Park
  • Badger Prairie County Park
  • Blooming Grove Drumlins
  • Blue Mounds Natural Resource Area
  • Brigham County Park
  • CamRock County Park
  • Cherokee Marsh
  • Donald County Park
  • Festge County Park
  • Fish Camp County Park
  • Fish Lake County Park
  • Goodland County Park
  • Halfway Prairie School
  • Indian Lake County Park
  • Jenni & Kyle Preserve
  • LaFollette County Park
  • Lake Farm County Park
  • Lake View Hill Park
  • Lussier County Park
  • McCarthy County Park
  • Mendota County Park
  • Phil's Woods County Park
  • Prairie Moraine County Park
  • Riley-Deppe County Park
  • Salmo Pond County Park
  • Scheidegger Forest
  • Schumacher Farm
  • Stewart Lake County Park
  • Token Creek County Park
  • Viking County Park
  • Walking Iron County Park
  • Yahara Heights County Park

Communities

Political map of Dane County

Cities

Villages

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Images for kids


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