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Vernon County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Vernon County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1851
Seat Viroqua
Largest City Viroqua
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

816 sq mi (2,113 km²)
792 sq mi (2,051 km²)
25 sq mi (65 km²), 3.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2014)
 - Density

30,362
38/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.vernoncounty.org/

Vernon County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,773. Its county seat is Viroqua.

History

Vernon County was renamed from Bad Ax County on 22 March 1862. Bad Ax County had been created on 1 March 1851 from territory that had been part of Richland and Crawford counties. The name Vernon was chosen to reflect the county's green fields of wheat and to evoke Mount Vernon.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 816 square miles (2,110 km2), of which 792 square miles (2,050 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (3.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 61.svg U.S. Highway 61
  • WIS 27.svg Highway 27 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 33.svg Highway 33 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 35.svg Highway 35 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 56.svg Highway 56 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 80.svg Highway 80 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 82.svg Highway 82 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 131.svg Highway 131 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 162.svg Highway 162 (Wisconsin)

Airports

  • Viroqua Municipal Airport (Y51) serves the county and surrounding communities.
  • The Joshua Sanford Field airport (KHBW) was closed sometime in the fall of 2016.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

USA Vernon County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Vernon County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 11,007
1870 18,645 69.4%
1880 23,235 24.6%
1890 25,111 8.1%
1900 28,351 12.9%
1910 28,116 −0.8%
1920 29,252 4.0%
1930 28,537 −2.4%
1940 29,940 4.9%
1950 27,906 −6.8%
1960 25,663 −8.0%
1970 24,557 −4.3%
1980 25,642 4.4%
1990 25,617 −0.1%
2000 28,056 9.5%
2010 29,773 6.1%
Est. 2015 30,506 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,056 people, 10,825 households, and 7,501 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 12,416 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.81% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.3% were of Norwegian, 26.9% German, 6.4% Irish and 6.1% English ancestry. 90.9% spoke English, 3.5% German, 1.8% Norwegian, 1.2% Pennsylvania Dutch and 1.0% Spanish as their first language.

There were 10,825 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

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