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Oconto Falls
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Oconto Falls greeting sign, facing US-22 West on the northeast side of town
Oconto Falls greeting sign, facing US-22 West on the northeast side of town
Location of Oconto Falls in Oconto County, Wisconsin.
Location of Oconto Falls in Oconto County, Wisconsin.
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Coordinates: 44°52′30″N 88°8′34″W / 44.87500°N 88.14278°W / 44.87500; -88.14278Coordinates: 44°52′30″N 88°8′34″W / 44.87500°N 88.14278°W / 44.87500; -88.14278
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Oconto
Area
 • Total 2.93 sq mi (7.59 km2)
 • Land 2.71 sq mi (7.02 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,891
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,796
 • Density 1,031.35/sq mi (398.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
54154
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-59400

Oconto Falls is a city in Oconto County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,891 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

A post office called Oconto Falls has been in operation since 1871. The city was named for falls on the Oconto River.

Geography

Oconto Falls is located at 44°52′29″N 88°8′34″W / 44.87472°N 88.14278°W / 44.87472; -88.14278 (44.874989, -88.1429).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.95 square miles (7.64 km2), of which, 2.73 square miles (7.07 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is water.

The city is separated by east and west sides by the Oconto River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,427
1920 1,914 34.1%
1930 1,921 0.4%
1940 1,888 −1.7%
1950 2,050 8.6%
1960 2,331 13.7%
1970 2,517 8.0%
1980 2,500 −0.7%
1990 2,584 3.4%
2000 2,843 10.0%
2010 2,891 1.7%
2019 (est.) 2,796 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
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Looking southeast at the welcome sign for Oconto Falls

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,891 people, 1,251 households, and 753 families living in the city. The population density was 1,059.0 inhabitants per square mile (408.9/km2). There were 1,333 housing units at an average density of 488.3 per square mile (188.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.1% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 1,251 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 38.1 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

Education

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Oconto River in Oconto Falls
  • Oconto Falls High School
  • Oconto Falls Elementary School
  • Washington Middle School
  • Abrams Elementary School
  • St. Anthony Catholic School
  • Jefferson Elementary School (closed 1996, demolished 2006)
  • Spruce Charter School (closed in 2012)

Notable people

  • Rusty Lemorande - director, screenwriter and actor
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