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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Oconto County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1854
Seat Oconto
Largest City Oconto
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,149 sq mi (2,976 km²)
998 sq mi (2,585 km²)
151 sq mi (391 km²), 13%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

37,660
38/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.oconto.wi.us
Named for: Oconto River
OcontoCountyWoods
Rural Oconto County in fall

Oconto County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,660. Its county seat is Oconto. The county was established in 1851.

Oconto County is part of the Green Bay, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Green Bay-Shawano, WI Combined Statistical Area.

History

First visited by French explorers in the 17th century, Oconto County is among the oldest settlements in Wisconsin. Father Claude-Jean Allouez of the Roman Catholic Jesuit order said the first Mass in Oconto. Among the first settlers was Joseph Tourtilott, who explored much of the Oconto River watershed. Oconto County was created in 1851 and organized in 1854.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,149 square miles (2,980 km2), of which 998 square miles (2,580 km2) is land and 151 square miles (390 km2) (13%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 41.svg U.S. Highway 41
  • US 141.svg U.S. Highway 141
  • WIS 22.svg Highway 22 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 32.svg Highway 32 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 64.svg Highway 64 (Wisconsin)

Airport

J. Douglas Bake Memorial Airport (KOCQ) serves the county and surrounding communities.

National protected area

  • Nicolet National Forest (part)

Demographics

USA Oconto County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Oconto County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,592
1870 9,321 159.5%
1880 9,848 5.7%
1890 15,009 52.4%
1900 20,874 39.1%
1910 25,657 22.9%
1920 27,104 5.6%
1930 26,386 −2.6%
1940 27,075 2.6%
1950 26,238 −3.1%
1960 25,110 −4.3%
1970 25,553 1.8%
1980 28,947 13.3%
1990 30,226 4.4%
2000 35,634 17.9%
2010 37,660 5.7%
Est. 2015 37,435 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014
USRoute41NorthernWisconsinWoods
Woods along U.S. Route 41

As of the census of 2000, there were 35,634 people, 13,979 households, and 10,050 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 19,812 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.76% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.9% were of German, 11.8% Polish, 6.0% French and 5.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,979 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

Communities

OcontoCountyWisconsinSign
Oconto County sign

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

  • Leighton

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