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Village of Edgar, Wisconsin
Village
Edgar Village Hall
Edgar Village Hall
Nickname(s): 
Village of Victory
Motto(s): 
Winning Wildcats
Location of Edgar in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Edgar in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Marathon
Area
 • Total 1.81 sq mi (4.68 km2)
 • Land 1.81 sq mi (4.68 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,289 ft (393 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,479
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,442
 • Density 798.01/sq mi (308.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-22550
GNIS feature ID 1564442

Edgar is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,479 at the 2010 census. Edgar has maintained Tree City USA standing since 1995.

History

Edgar was platted in 1891 by the railroad. It was named for William Edgar, a local landowner and owner of a sawmill.

Geography

Edgar is located at 44°55′26″N 89°57′53″W / 44.92389°N 89.96472°W / 44.92389; -89.96472 (44.923757, -89.964659).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.81 square miles (4.69 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 478
1910 746 56.1%
1920 723 −3.1%
1930 667 −7.7%
1940 694 4.0%
1950 705 1.6%
1960 803 13.9%
1970 928 15.6%
1980 1,194 28.7%
1990 1,318 10.4%
2000 1,386 5.2%
2010 1,479 6.7%
Est. 2019 1,442 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,479 people, 597 households, and 414 families living in the village. The population density was 817.1 inhabitants per square mile (315.5/km2). There were 635 housing units at an average density of 350.8 per square mile (135.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 597 households, of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the village was 37.3 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Education

Edgar Library

The Edgar library is a part of the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL), a network of nine public libraries throughout Marathon County, Wisconsin. Under the auspices of MCPL, the Edgar library (aka "MCPL Edgar") is also considered a member of the Wisconsin Valley Library Service, one of 17 state-level library systems in Wisconsin.

In 1928, the Edgar Women's Club obtained books from the Wisconsin Traveling Library and this functioned as the local library until 1946. In 1948 preschool storytimes began at the library. As the County Library grew and provided more services to the branch libraries, the village stepped in to provide building space so that the public would have a larger library to enjoy.

In 1973 the Edgar Library became a branch library of the newly formed Marathon County Public Library when the Wausau Public Library and Marathon County Library merged.

The county-wide building program funded the remodeling of the former Edgar Bank in 1994, giving the public more books, computers and more space for family and children's programs.

Notable people

  • Frank J. Shortner, Wisconsin businessman, legislator, and President of the Village of Edgar, lived in Edgar.
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