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Pepin County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Pepin County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 25, 1858
Seat Durand
Largest City Durand
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

249 sq mi (645 km²)
232 sq mi (601 km²)
17 sq mi (44 km²), 6.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

7,469
32/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.pepin.wi.us
Named for: Pierre and Jean Pepin du Chardonnets

Pepin County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,469, making it the fourth-least populous county in Wisconsin. Its county seat is Durand.

Pepin County was the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

History

Pepin County was formed in 1858 from portions of Dunn County. It was named after the French conquistadors Pierre and Jean Pepin du Chardonnets.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 249 square miles (640 km2), of which 232 square miles (600 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (6.7%) is water. It is the smallest county in Wisconsin by area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 10.svg U.S. Highway 10
  • WIS 25.svg Highway 25 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 35.svg Highway 35 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 85.svg Highway 85 (Wisconsin)

Demographics

USA Pepin County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Pepin County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,392
1870 4,659 94.8%
1880 6,226 33.6%
1890 6,932 11.3%
1900 7,905 14.0%
1910 7,577 −4.1%
1920 7,481 −1.3%
1930 7,450 −0.4%
1940 7,897 6.0%
1950 7,462 −5.5%
1960 7,332 −1.7%
1970 7,319 −0.2%
1980 7,477 2.2%
1990 7,107 −4.9%
2000 7,213 1.5%
2010 7,469 3.5%
Est. 2015 7,290 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,213 people, 2,759 households, and 1,934 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 3,036 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.90% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 0.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.6% were of German, 13.5% Norwegian, 9.9% Austrian and 6.8% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.2% spoke English and 3.4% German as their first language.

There were 2,759 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.20 males.

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City

Villages

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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