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Washington County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1845
Seat West Bend
Largest City West Bend
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

436 sq mi (1,129 km²)
431 sq mi (1,116 km²)
5.0 sq mi (13 km²), 1.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

131,887
306/sq mi (118/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.washington.wi.us

Washington County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 131,887. Its county seat is West Bend. The county was created from Wisconsin Territory in 1836 and organized in 1845. It was named after President George Washington.

Washington County is part of in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 431 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (1.2%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in Wisconsin by total area.

Major highways

  • I-41.svg Interstate 41
  • US 41.svg U.S. Highway 41
  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • WIS 28.svg Highway 28 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 33.svg Highway 33 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 60.svg Highway 60 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 83.svg Highway 83 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 144.svg Highway 144 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 145.svg Highway 145 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 164.svg Highway 164 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 167.svg Highway 167 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 175.svg Highway 175 (Wisconsin)

Airports

Hartford Municipal Airport (KHXF) and West Bend Municipal Airport (KETB) serve the county and surrounding communities.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

USA Washington County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Washington County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 343
1850 19,485 5,580.8%
1860 23,622 21.2%
1870 23,919 1.3%
1880 23,442 −2.0%
1890 22,751 −2.9%
1900 23,589 3.7%
1910 23,784 0.8%
1920 25,713 8.1%
1930 26,551 3.3%
1940 28,430 7.1%
1950 33,902 19.2%
1960 46,119 36.0%
1970 63,839 38.4%
1980 84,848 32.9%
1990 95,328 12.4%
2000 117,493 23.3%
2010 131,887 12.3%
Est. 2015 133,674 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 117,493 people, 43,842 households, and 32,749 families residing in the county. The population density was 273 people per square mile (105/km²). There were 45,808 housing units at an average density of 106 per square mile (41/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 59.9% were of German, 6.3% Polish and 5.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.5% spoke English, 2.0% German and 1.7% Spanish as their first language.

There were 43,842 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.30% were non-families. 20.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 31.50% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

Communities

Washington County Sign WIS28 Looking West
Sign on WIS 28 marking the county boundary

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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