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Sharon, Wisconsin
Location of Sharon, Portage County, Wisconsin
Location of Sharon, Portage County, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Portage
 • Total 64.9 sq mi (168.0 km2)
 • Land 64.3 sq mi (166.5 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
1,181 ft (360 m)
 • Total 1,936
 • Density 30.1/sq mi (11.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-72850
GNIS feature ID 1584132

Sharon is a town in Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,936 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Ellis, Little Waupon, North Star, and Polonia are located within the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.9 square miles (168.0 km²), of which, 64.3 square miles (166.5 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,936 people, 705 households, and 544 families residing in the town. The population density was 30.1 people per square mile (11.6/km2). There were 754 housing units at an average density of 11.7 per square mile (4.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.12% White, 0.10% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 705 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $53,750, and the median income for a family was $58,478. Males had a median income of $38,011 versus $22,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,760. About 2.7% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Michael J. Mersch, Wisconsin State Representative and building contractor, was born in the town.
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