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Richland County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Richland County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1850
Seat Richland Center
Largest City Richland Center
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

589 sq mi (1,526 km²)
586 sq mi (1,518 km²)
3.1 sq mi (8 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

18,021
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://co.richland.wi.us/index.shtml

Richland County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,021. Its county seat is Richland Center. The county was created from the Wisconsin Territory in 1842 and organized in 1850. It is named for the high quality of its soil. Some rural areas in the county have their power provided by the Richland Electric Cooperative.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 589 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 586 square miles (1,520 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • WIS 56.svg Highway 56 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 58.svg Highway 58 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 60.svg Highway 60 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 80.svg Highway 80 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 130.svg Highway 130 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 131.svg Highway 131 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 154.svg Highway 154 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 171.svg Highway 171 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 193.svg Highway 193 (Wisconsin)

Airport

Richland Airport (93C) serves the county and surrounding communities.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

USA Richland County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Richland County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 903
1860 9,732 977.7%
1870 15,731 61.6%
1880 18,174 15.5%
1890 19,121 5.2%
1900 19,483 1.9%
1910 18,809 −3.5%
1920 19,823 5.4%
1930 19,525 −1.5%
1940 20,381 4.4%
1950 19,245 −5.6%
1960 17,684 −8.1%
1970 17,079 −3.4%
1980 17,476 2.3%
1990 17,521 0.3%
2000 17,924 2.3%
2010 18,021 0.5%
Est. 2015 17,495 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014
WIS58RichlandCountyWisconsinFarm
Farm along Highway 58 in rural Richland County near Cazenovia
RichlandCountyWisconsinSign
Sign marking entrance into Richland County, with countryside in background

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,924 people, 7,118 households, and 4,833 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 8,164 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.39% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.7% were of German, 12.5% Norwegian, 10.3% Irish, 9.5% English and 8.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.1% spoke English, 1.1% German and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 7,118 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

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