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Poynette, Wisconsin
Village
Downtown Poynette
Downtown Poynette
Location of Poynette in Columbia County, Wisconsin.
Location of Poynette in Columbia County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Columbia
Area
 • Total 2.59 sq mi (6.72 km2)
 • Land 2.57 sq mi (6.65 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
840 ft (256 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,590
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,510
 • Density 977.41/sq mi (377.34/km2)
 • Demonym
Poynesian
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608 Exchange: 635
FIPS code 55-64900
GNIS feature ID 1571865
Website www.poynette-wi.gov

Poynette is a village in Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,590 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Poynette was named after Pierre Paquette (1796–1836), one of the early fur traders and settlers of south central Wisconsin. Paquette's name was misread because of a slip of a pen, and read as Poynette. The community was incorporated in 1892.

Geography

The Village of Poynette is located in Sections 34 and 35 of the Town of Dekorra (T 11 N, R 9 E), at 43°23′32″N 89°24′3″W / 43.39222°N 89.40083°W / 43.39222; -89.40083 (43.392, -89.401).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.58 square miles (6.68 km2), of which, 2.55 square miles (6.60 km2) of it is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 300
1880 366 22.0%
1890 517 41.3%
1900 533 3.1%
1910 656 23.1%
1920 724 10.4%
1930 672 −7.2%
1940 870 29.5%
1950 969 11.4%
1960 1,090 12.5%
1970 1,118 2.6%
1980 1,447 29.4%
1990 1,662 14.9%
2000 2,266 36.3%
2010 2,528 11.6%
2020 2,590 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,528 people, 1,046 households, and 670 families living in the village. The population density was 991.4 inhabitants per square mile (382.8/km2). There were 1,122 housing units at an average density of 440.0 per square mile (169.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.6% White, 0.9% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 1,046 households, of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the village was 36.8 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.2% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Education

Poynette is served by the Poynette School District, which includes Poynette High School, Poynette Middle School and Arlington Elementary Schools.

Notable people

  • Augustus O. Dole, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Elmer E. Haight, Wisconsin State Representative and postmaster at Poynette
  • Hugh Pierce Jamieson, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Wesley L. Packard, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Harry Luman Russell, educator
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