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Waupaca County
Waupaca County Courthouse
Waupaca County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Waupaca County
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Founded 1853
Named for Chief Waupaca
Seat Waupaca
Largest city New London
Area
 • Total 765 sq mi (1,980 km2)
 • Land 748 sq mi (1,940 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (40 km2)  2.3%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 51,812
 • Density 67.73/sq mi (26.150/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 8th

Waupaca County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2020 census, the population was 51,812. The county seat is Waupaca. The county was created in 1851 and organized in 1853. It is named after the Waupaca River, a Menominee language name meaning 'white sand bottom', 'pale water', or 'tomorrow river'.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 765 square miles (1,980 km2), of which 748 square miles (1,940 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 10.svg U.S. Highway 10
  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • WIS 22.svg Wisconsin Highway 22
  • WIS 49.svg Wisconsin Highway 49
  • WIS 54.svg Wisconsin Highway 54
  • WIS 76.svg Wisconsin Highway 76
  • WIS 96.svg Wisconsin Highway 96
  • WIS 110.svg Wisconsin Highway 110
  • WIS 156.svg Wisconsin Highway 156
  • WIS 161.svg Wisconsin Highway 161

Airports

  • KCLI - Clintonville Municipal Airport
  • KPCZ - Waupaca Municipal Airport

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 8,851
1870 15,539 75.6%
1880 20,955 34.9%
1890 26,794 27.9%
1900 31,615 18.0%
1910 32,782 3.7%
1920 34,200 4.3%
1930 33,513 −2.0%
1940 34,614 3.3%
1950 35,056 1.3%
1960 35,340 0.8%
1970 37,780 6.9%
1980 42,831 13.4%
1990 46,104 7.6%
2000 51,731 12.2%
2010 52,410 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020
USA Waupaca County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census age pyramid for Waupaca County

As of the census of 2000, there were 51,731 people, 19,863 households, and 13,884 families residing in the county. The population density was 69 per square mile (27/km2). There were 22,508 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.93% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 53.1% were of German, 8.5% Norwegian and 6.8% Irish ancestry. 96.6% spoke English, 1.4% Spanish and 1.3% German as their first language.

There were 19,863 households, out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

By age, 25.70% of the population was under 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.40 males.

In 2017, there were 505 births, giving a general fertility rate of 63.4 births per 1000 women aged 15–44, the 37th highest rate out of all 72 Wisconsin counties. Of these, 26 of the births occurred at home.

Communities

WaupacaCountyWisconsinFairgrounds
Waupaca County Fairgrounds

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