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Plover, Wisconsin
The Plover Watertower
The Plover Watertower
Location of Plover in Portage County, Wisconsin.
Location of Plover in Portage County, Wisconsin.
Plover, Wisconsin is located in Wisconsin
Plover, Wisconsin
Plover, Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Portage
Settled, platted 1844-45
First incorporation March 6, 1857
Second incorporation March 11, 1912
Third incorporation September 28, 1971
Dissolved (twice) 1870; 1931
Area
 • Total 11.09 sq mi (28.73 km2)
 • Land 10.62 sq mi (27.49 km2)
 • Water 0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)
Elevation
1,070 ft (326 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 12,123
 • Estimate 
(2019)
13,099
 • Density 1,234.01/sq mi (476.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip code
54467
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-63550
GNIS feature ID 1571681

Plover is a village in Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. A suburb of Stevens Point, it is part of the Stevens Point Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 12,123 at the 2010 United States census.

History

The area that later became Plover was selected as the county seat of Portage in 1844. The election for the county seat only noted the general location of an unsettled area around present-day Plover. Until the area was settled, county business was actually conducted in the community of Rushville. The Plover area was platted in 1845, and received a post office at the same time under the name "Plover Portage". The name of the post office was changed to "Plover" in 1850.

In 1857, State Senator Luther Hanchett of Plover introduced a bill to incorporate the Village of Clayton in the community; he later amended the bill to make the name the Village of Algernon. That bill passed the Wisconsin Legislature, incorporating the Village of Algernon on March 6, 1857. (Algernon was probably named for Algernon B. Crosby, a postmaster in Portage County.) On May 4, 1858, the name of the village was again changed, this time to the Village of Stanton. And in 1864, the name of the village was finally changed to Plover.

In 1868, the county seat was moved to Stevens Point, following an energetic battle in newspapers and the state legislature. The village of Plover was dissolved. Government of the area fell to the Town of Plover.

Plover was again incorporated as a village on March 8, 1912 after area residents' approval in an election. This incorporation was not long lived, as Plover was again dissolved on October 7, 1931 after another election. An attempt at re-incorporation failed in 1965.

Plover re-incorporated, for the third time, on September 28, 1971. The vote for incorporation was narrow: 311 for and 289 against. The population of the village at that time was 2618. It incorporated about 6.75 square miles (17 km2) of territory, and increased to about 7.25 square miles (19 km2) in 1981, after annexation. Annexations continued nearly every year until the present.

The current Village President is Tom Davies, elected in 2015.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 10.79 square miles (27.95 km2), of which, 10.35 square miles (26.81 km2) of it is land and 0.44 square miles (1.14 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 412
1890 319 −22.6%
1980 5,310
1990 8,176 54.0%
2000 10,520 28.7%
2010 12,123 15.2%
Est. 2019 13,099 8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,123 people, 4,948 households, and 3,242 families living in the village. The population density was 1,171.3 inhabitants per square mile (452.2/km2). There were 5,188 housing units at an average density of 501.3 per square mile (193.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 4,948 households, of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the village was 35.9 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 11% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Religion

Divine Word Lutheran Church, affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), is in Plover.

Saint Bronislava Catholic Church is also in Plover.

Notable people

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