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Historical Museum in Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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|Named for||Cadwallader C. Washburn|
|• Total||853 sq mi (2,210 km2)|
|• Land||797 sq mi (2,060 km2)|
|• Water||56 sq mi (150 km2) 6.6%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||18.653/sq mi (7.202/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Washburn County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is named after Governor Cadwallader C. Washburn. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,911. Its county seat is Shell Lake. The county was created in 1883.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 853 square miles (2,210 km2), of which 797 square miles (2,060 km2) is land and 56 square miles (150 km2) (6.6%) is water.
- U.S. Highway 53
- U.S. Highway 63
- Highway 48 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 70 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 77 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 253 (Wisconsin)
Shell Lake Municipal Airport (KSSQ) serves the county and surrounding communities.
- Douglas County - north
- Bayfield County - northeast
- Sawyer County - east
- Rusk County - southeast
- Barron County - south
- Burnett County - west
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2000 census, there were 16,036 people, 6,604 households, and 4,530 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km2). There were 10,814 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.27% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 1.01% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.9% were of German, 11.4% Norwegian, 7.0% Irish, 6.2% Swedish, 6.1% English and 5.6% American ancestry.
There were 6,604 households, out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.
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