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Elcho, Wisconsin
Downtown in unincorporated Elcho
Downtown in unincorporated Elcho
Location of Elcho, Wisconsin
Location of Elcho, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Langlade
 • Total 75.2 sq mi (194.8 km2)
 • Land 71.0 sq mi (183.8 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (11.0 km2)
1,608 ft (490 m)
 • Total 1,233
 • Density 17/sq mi (6.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
54428 (Elcho
54485 (Summit Lake)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-23050
GNIS feature ID 1583142

Elcho is a town in Langlade County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,233 at the 2010 census. The census-designated places of Elcho, Post Lake, and part of Summit Lake are located in the town.


A post office called Elcho has been in operation since 1887. Elcho was named after a place in Scotland.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 75.2 square miles (194.9 km²), of which, 71.4 square miles (184.8 km²) of it is land and 3.9 square miles (10.0 km²) of it (5.16%) is water. The town is located in the geographical region of Wisconsin known as the Northern Highland.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,317 people, 613 households, and 397 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.5 people per square mile (7.1/km2). There were 1,370 housing units at an average density of 19.2 per square mile (7.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.71% White, 0.08% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 613 households, out of which 17.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.0% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,010, and the median income for a family was $36,000. Males had a median income of $27,262 versus $19,327 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,016. About 7.5% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

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