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Loyal, Wisconsin
Looking north in downtown Loyal on WIS 98
Looking north in downtown Loyal on WIS 98
Location of Loyal in Clark County, Wisconsin.
Location of Loyal in Clark County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Clark
Area
 • Total 1.37 sq mi (3.54 km2)
 • Land 1.37 sq mi (3.54 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,240 ft (378 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,261
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,233
 • Density 901.32/sq mi (347.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
54446
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-46075
GNIS feature ID 1568773

Loyal is a city in Clark County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 1,261 at the 2010 census. The city is located within the Town of Loyal, though it is politically independent.

Its name comes from the 1860s, when so many of its patriotic pioneers went to fight in the Civil War. A store was established at the site in 1870, the place platted in 1885, incorporated as a village in 1893, and changed to a city in 1948.

Geography

Loyal Wisconsin Municipal Building
The municipal building

Loyal is located at 44°44′15″N 90°29′47″W / 44.73750°N 90.49639°W / 44.73750; -90.49639 (44.737541, -90.496551).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.39 square miles (3.60 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 46
1900 645
1910 677 5.0%
1920 735 8.6%
1930 862 17.3%
1940 921 6.8%
1950 1,104 19.9%
1960 1,146 3.8%
1970 1,126 −1.7%
1980 1,252 11.2%
1990 1,244 −0.6%
2000 1,308 5.1%
2010 1,261 −3.6%
2019 (est.) 1,233 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Loyal Wisconsin Post Office
Post office

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,261 people, 538 households, and 344 families living in the city. The population density was 907.2 inhabitants per square mile (350.3/km2). There were 603 housing units at an average density of 433.8 per square mile (167.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 538 households, of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 20.3% were from 45 to 64; and 22.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Events

Loyal's biggest event is the Loyal Corn Festival.

Education

Loyal has three schools: Loyal Elementary School; Loyal High School, home of the Greyhounds; and Saint Anthony's Catholic School.

Notable people

  • Fred W. Draper, Wisconsin State Representative and educator, lived in Loyal.
  • Baldwin W. Fullmer, Wisconsin State Representative, lived in Loyal.
  • Mary Lazich, Wisconsin State Senator, born in Loyal.
  • Abbott Primate Jerome Theisen, OSB, STD, Head of the Benedictines throughout the world during his appointment. http://archive.osb.org/intl/theisen.html

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