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Townsend, Wisconsin
Location of Townsend, Wisconsin
Location of Townsend, Wisconsin
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Oconto
 • Total 42.5 sq mi (110.0 km2)
 • Land 39.0 sq mi (101.0 km2)
 • Water 3.5 sq mi (9.0 km2)
Elevation 1,388 ft (423 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 963
 • Density 24.7/sq mi (9.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-80325
GNIS feature ID 1584287

Townsend is a town in Oconto County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 963 at the 2000 census. The census-designated place of Townsend is located in the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.5 square miles (109.9 km²), of which, 39.0 square miles (101.0 km²) of it is land and 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²) of it (8.15%) is surface water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 963 people, 436 households, and 313 families residing in the town. The population density was 24.7 people per square mile (9.5/km²). There were 1,450 housing units at an average density of 37.2 per square mile (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.51% White, 0.10% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 436 households out of which 17.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.55.

In the town, the population was spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 17.9% from 25 to 44, 34.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,456, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $32,000 versus $19,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,680. About 3.9% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.

Popular culture

An episode from The X-Files titled "Fallen Angel" is set in Townsend, Wisconsin. However, it was not filmed there or influenced by anything in Townsend, Wisconsin, and placed the towns location somewhere near West Bend, Wisconsin.

Coordinates: 45°19′41″N 88°35′22″W / 45.32806°N 88.58944°W / 45.32806; -88.58944

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