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Stratford, Wisconsin
Location of Stratford in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Stratford in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Marathon
Area
 • Total 5.34 sq mi (13.83 km2)
 • Land 5.30 sq mi (13.74 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
1,266 ft (386 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,578
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,577
 • Density 297.27/sq mi (114.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-77750
GNIS feature ID 1574972

Stratford is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,578 at the 2010 census.

History

Stratford was platted in 1891 when the railroad was extended to that point. The village was named after Stratford-upon-Avon, in England.

Geography

Stratford is located at 44°48′7″N 90°4′26″W / 44.80194°N 90.07389°W / 44.80194; -90.07389 (44.801971, -90.073829). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.35 square miles (13.86 km2), of which, 5.31 square miles (13.75 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 763
1920 1,014 32.9%
1930 960 −5.3%
1940 879 −8.4%
1950 962 9.4%
1960 1,106 15.0%
1970 1,239 12.0%
1980 1,385 11.8%
1990 1,515 9.4%
2000 1,523 0.5%
2010 1,578 3.6%
2019 (est.) 1,577 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,578 people, 666 households, and 433 families living in the village. The population density was 297.2 inhabitants per square mile (114.7/km2). There were 713 housing units at an average density of 134.3 per square mile (51.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 666 households, of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.0% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the village was 37.3 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

Library

The Marathon County Public Library has a branch library in Stratford.

Education

The Stratford School District is made up of two separate buildings: Stratford Elementary and Stratford Junior/Senior High.

St. Joseph's Catholic school (K-8) is also located in Stratford.

Notable people

  • Raymond Leo Burke, Roman Catholic cardinal
  • William D. Connor, founder of Stratford, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
  • Christian Franzen, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Macey Kilty, Team USA wrestler and 2018 Cadet World champion
  • Derek Kraus, NASCAR driver
  • Bob Kulp, businessman and politician
  • Andrew Rock, 2004 Olympic gold medalist in track
  • Rich Seubert, professional football player for the New York Giants
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