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Washburn County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Washburn County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1883
Seat Shell Lake
Largest City Spooner
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

853 sq mi (2,209 km²)
797 sq mi (2,064 km²)
56 sq mi (145 km²), 6.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

15,911
20/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.washburn.wi.us

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.

Geography

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

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.

Major highways

  • US 53.svg U.S. Highway 53
  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • WIS 48.svg Highway 48 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 70.svg Highway 70 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 77.svg Highway 77 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 253.svg Highway 253 (Wisconsin)

Airport

Shell Lake Municipal Airport (KSSQ) serves the county and surrounding communities.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (part)

Demographics

USA Washburn County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Washburn County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,926
1900 5,521 88.7%
1910 8,196 48.5%
1920 11,377 38.8%
1930 11,103 −2.4%
1940 12,496 12.5%
1950 11,665 −6.7%
1960 10,301 −11.7%
1970 10,601 2.9%
1980 13,174 24.3%
1990 13,772 4.5%
2000 16,036 16.4%
2010 15,911 −0.8%
Est. 2015 15,552 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, 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.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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