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Pierce County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Pierce County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1853
Seat Ellsworth
Largest City River Falls
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

592 sq mi (1,533 km²)
574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
18 sq mi (47 km²), 3.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

41,019
71/sq mi (27/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.pierce.wi.us
Named for: Franklin Pierce

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,019. Its county seat is Ellsworth.

Pierce County is part of the MinneapolisSt. PaulBloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 592 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (3.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (part)

Demographics

USA Pierce County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Pierce County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 4,672
1870 9,958 113.1%
1880 17,744 78.2%
1890 20,385 14.9%
1900 23,943 17.5%
1910 22,079 −7.8%
1920 21,663 −1.9%
1930 21,043 −2.9%
1940 21,471 2.0%
1950 21,448 −0.1%
1960 22,503 4.9%
1970 26,652 18.4%
1980 31,149 16.9%
1990 32,765 5.2%
2000 36,804 12.3%
2010 41,019 11.5%
Est. 2015 40,889 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 36,804 people, 13,015 households, and 9,032 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 13,493 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.01% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.0% were of German, 16.2% Norwegian, 7.1% Swedish and 7.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,015 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 17.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

  • Brasington

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