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Dorchester, Wisconsin
Village
Looking south at Dorchester
Looking south at Dorchester
Location of Dorchester in Clark Countyand Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Dorchester in Clark County
and Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Counties Clark, Marathon
Area
 • Total 1.43 sq mi (3.70 km2)
 • Land 1.40 sq mi (3.61 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
1,427 ft (435 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 876
 • Estimate 
(2019)
865
 • Density 620.07/sq mi (239.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-20450
GNIS feature ID 1564058

Dorchester is a village in Clark and Marathon counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, along the 45th parallel. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 876 at the 2010 census. Of this, 871 were in Clark County, and only 5 were in Marathon County.

Geography

Dorchester is located at 45°0′8″N 90°19′55″W / 45.00222°N 90.33194°W / 45.00222; -90.33194 (45.002233, -90.331995).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.42 square miles (3.68 km2), of which, 1.39 square miles (3.60 km2) of it is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water. Most of the village lies in Clark County, with only a small portion in Marathon County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 244
1890 350 43.4%
1910 476
1920 519 9.0%
1930 400 −22.9%
1940 456 14.0%
1950 457 0.2%
1960 504 10.3%
1970 491 −2.6%
1980 613 24.8%
1990 697 13.7%
2000 827 18.7%
2010 876 5.9%
Est. 2019 865 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Dorchester Wisconsin Looking West County A
Looking west in Dorchester

As of the census of 2010, there were 876 people, 355 households, and 228 families living in the village. The population density was 630.2 inhabitants per square mile (243.3/km2). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 275.5 per square mile (106.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 8.3% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.8% of the population.

There were 355 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.8% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the village was 34.5 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.4% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.

Notable people

  • Ervin Kleffman, composer
  • Herman L. Kronschnabl, Wisconsin State Representative
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