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De Soto, Wisconsin
Downtown De Soto on WIS 35 / WIS 82
Downtown De Soto on WIS 35 / WIS 82
Location of De Soto in Crawford County, Wisconsin.
Location of De Soto in Crawford County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Counties Vernon, Crawford
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.22 sq mi (3.16 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
653 ft (199 m)
 • Total 287
 • Estimate 
 • Density 228.31/sq mi (88.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-19850
GNIS feature ID 1563761

De Soto is a village mostly in Vernon County but also in Crawford County in Wisconsin. The population was 287 at the 2010 census. Of this, 179 were in living in Vernon County, and 108 were living in Crawford County. The downtown and business area is located in Crawford County.


De Soto was named after Hernando De Soto the explorer who discovered the Mississippi. It was originally settled by Yankee settlers from New England. These were people descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the colonial period. They were part of a migration of Yankee settlers from New England who moved west into the wilds of what was then the wilds of the Northwest Territory in the 1830s. The opening of the Erie Canal made this journey much easier, and the end of the Black Hawk War made the region much safer. These two events saw the already steady trickle of New Englanders turn into a heavy stream of migration. The founding of De Soto, Wisconsin was one small part of that migration.


De Soto is located at 43°25′37″N 91°11′49″W / 43.42694°N 91.19694°W / 43.42694; -91.19694 (43.426905, -91.196841).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2), of which, 1.25 square miles (3.24 km2) of it is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 301
1890 355 17.9%
1900 387 9.0%
1910 331 −14.5%
1920 299 −9.7%
1930 322 7.7%
1940 400 24.2%
1950 367 −8.2%
1960 357 −2.7%
1970 295 −17.4%
1980 318 7.8%
1990 326 2.5%
2000 366 12.3%
2010 287 −21.6%
2019 (est.) 279 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 287 people, 129 households, and 80 families living in the village. The population density was 229.6 inhabitants per square mile (88.6/km2). There were 176 housing units at an average density of 140.8 per square mile (54.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.7% White and 0.3% from two or more races.

There were 129 households, of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the village was 44.1 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 31.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.


Looking northeast at the De Soto sign

The De Soto Area Schools serves De Soto, Wisconsin. De Soto Area schools consists of De Soto High/Middle School in De Soto, Wisconsin, Prairie View Elementary School and Stoddard Elementary School.


Bus service towards La Crosse and Prairie du Chien is provided three times daily per direction by Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit.

Notable people

  • George B. Belting, Wisconsin State Representative and lawyer, was born in De Soto.
  • Jacob Eckhardt, Wisconsin State Representative, lived in De Soto.
  • Francis A. Wallar, Medal of Honor recipient, lived in De Soto.

See also

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