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Forest County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Forest County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1885
Seat Crandon
Largest City Crandon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,046 sq mi (2,709 km²)
1,014 sq mi (2,626 km²)
32 sq mi (83 km²), 3.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

9,304
9.2/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.forest.wi.gov

Forest County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,304. Its county seat is Crandon.

The Forest County Potawatomi Community and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community have reservations in Forest County.

History

Forest County was created by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1885 from portions of neighboring Langlade and Oconto counties. The county was named for the forests contained within its limits.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,046 square miles (2,710 km2), of which 1,014 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 32 square miles (83 km2) (3.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 8.svg U.S. Highway 8
  • WIS 32.svg Highway 32 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 52.svg Highway 52 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 55.svg Highway 55 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 70.svg Highway 70 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 101.svg Highway 101 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 139.svg Highway 139 (Wisconsin)

Airport

  • Y55 - Crandon Municipal Airport

National protected area

  • Nicolet National Forest (part)

Demographics

USA Forest County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Forest County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,012
1900 1,396 37.9%
1910 6,782 385.8%
1920 9,850 45.2%
1930 11,118 12.9%
1940 11,805 6.2%
1950 9,437 −20.1%
1960 7,542 −20.1%
1970 7,691 2.0%
1980 9,044 17.6%
1990 8,776 −3.0%
2000 10,024 14.2%
2010 9,304 −7.2%
Est. 2015 9,057 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,024 people, 4,043 households, and 2,769 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 8,322 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.86% White, 11.30% Native American, 1.18% Black or African American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.3% were of German, 11.4% Polish, 7.4% Irish and 5.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.5% spoke English, 1.4% Spanish and 1.0% Potawatomi as their first language.

Out of the 4,043 households, 29.20% have children under the age of 18, 54.00% have a married couple living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 13.20%, of individuals of 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution in the county's population is as follows: 25.30% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.00 males.

Communities

Forest County Wisconsin Sign WIS139
Forest County sign on WIS 139

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

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