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Neillsville, Wisconsin
Neillsville Downtown Historic District
Location of Neillsville in Clark County, Wisconsin.
Location of Neillsville in Clark County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 44°33′40″N 90°35′45″W / 44.56111°N 90.59583°W / 44.56111; -90.59583Coordinates: 44°33′40″N 90°35′45″W / 44.56111°N 90.59583°W / 44.56111; -90.59583
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Clark
 • Total 2.85 sq mi (7.37 km2)
 • Land 2.75 sq mi (7.11 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
1,037 ft (316 m)
 • Total 2,463
 • Estimate 
 • Density 877.60/sq mi (338.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-55800
GNIS feature ID 1570146

Neillsville is a city in Clark County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 2,463 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.


The Ojibwa were the earliest known residents of the Neillsville area.

The first settlers of European descent in the area were James O'Neill and his party, who arrived around 1845, looking for a location to build a sawmill along the Black River. The city was named in honor of O'Neill, as was O'Neill Creek, which runs through the center of the city and drains into the Black River.

In 1854, O’Neill’s Mill, as Neillsville was originally called, was selected as the county seat of Clark County.

Neillsville was platted on April 14, 1855 and incorporated in April 1882.

Neillsville is where noted architect William L. Steele died. Poor health had forced Steele to retire from architecture in late 1946, leaving his eldest son William L. Steele, Jr. and partner Josiah D. Sandham in charge of the practice. Steele had come to Neillsville to live with one of his daughters, Sallie (Mrs. Thomas S. Noble, Jr.), and died at her house on March 4, 1949.


Neillsville is located at 44°33′40″N 90°35′45″W / 44.56111°N 90.59583°W / 44.56111; -90.59583 (44.560996, -90.595746).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.87 square miles (7.43 km2), of which, 2.77 square miles (7.17 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,050
1890 1,936 84.4%
1900 2,104 8.7%
1910 1,957 −7.0%
1920 2,160 10.4%
1930 2,118 −1.9%
1940 2,562 21.0%
1950 2,663 3.9%
1960 2,728 2.4%
1970 2,750 0.8%
1980 2,780 1.1%
1990 2,680 −3.6%
2000 2,731 1.9%
2010 2,463 −9.8%
2019 (est.) 2,409 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,463 people, 1,095 households, and 586 families living in the city. The population density was 889.2 inhabitants per square mile (343.3/km2). There were 1,230 housing units at an average density of 444.0 per square mile (171.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 1,095 households, of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.5% were non-families. 42.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 43.6 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 23.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.


Neillsville is served by the Neillsville Municipal Airport (KVIQ).

Points of interest

The High Ground is a veterans' memorial park located west of Neillsville. Originally a memorial to Vietnam War veterans, it now includes memorials to World War I and World War II veterans.

The Clark County Jail, now a museum, and the Reed School, now a museum, are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Wisconsin Pavilion from the 1964 New York World's Fair was moved to Neillsville at the conclusion of the Fair. The building is now home to local radio station WCCN/WCCN-FM and a gift shop. Chatty-Belle is a large cow statue located on the ground of the Wisconsin Pavilion. She has the distinction of being the World's Largest Talking Cow.


Neillsville has a public K-12 school system, consisting of Neillsville Elementary School, Neillsville Middle School, and Neillsville High School, whose mascot is the Neillsville Warriors. Neillsville is also home to St. John's Lutheran School, a private school for grades K-8 of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

In addition, the Chippewa Valley Technical College has a regional center in Neillsville, which offers GED, associate's degree, and continuing education classes.

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