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Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Winnebago County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the USA highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1848
Seat Oshkosh
Largest City Oshkosh
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

579 sq mi (1,500 km²)
434 sq mi (1,124 km²)
144 sq mi (373 km²), 25%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

166,994
384/sq mi (148/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.winnebago.wi.us

Winnebago County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 166,994. Its county seat is Oshkosh.

Winnebago County comprises the Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Combined Statistical Area.

History

Winnebago County was created in 1840 and organized in 1848. The name Winnebago is of Algonquin origin and means 'people dwelling by the fetid or ill-smelling water', which may refer to a sulfur spring. The county seat, Oshkosh, was incorporated as a city in 1853, when it already had a population of nearly 2,800.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 579 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 434 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 144 square miles (370 km2) (25%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-41.svg Interstate 41
  • US 10.svg U.S. Highway 10
  • US 41.svg U.S. Highway 41
  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • WIS 21.svg Wisconsin Highway 21
  • WIS 26.svg Wisconsin Highway 26
  • WIS 44.svg Wisconsin Highway 44
  • WIS 47.svg Wisconsin Highway 47
  • WIS 76.svg Wisconsin Highway 76
  • WIS 91.svg Wisconsin Highway 91
  • WIS 114.svg Wisconsin Highway 114
  • WIS 116.svg Wisconsin Highway 116
  • WIS 441.svg Wisconsin Highway 441

Airport

Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) serves the county and surrounding communities.

Demographics

USA Winnebago County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Winnebago County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 135
1850 10,167 7,431.1%
1860 23,770 133.8%
1870 37,279 56.8%
1880 42,740 14.6%
1890 50,097 17.2%
1900 58,225 16.2%
1910 62,116 6.7%
1920 63,897 2.9%
1930 76,622 19.9%
1940 80,507 5.1%
1950 91,103 13.2%
1960 107,928 18.5%
1970 129,931 20.4%
1980 131,703 1.4%
1990 140,320 6.5%
2000 156,763 11.7%
2010 166,994 6.5%
Est. 2015 169,546 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 156,763 people, 61,157 households, and 39,568 families residing in the county. The population density was 357 per square mile (138/km2). There were 64,721 housing units at an average density of 148 per square mile (57/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.92% White, 1.12% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 1.84% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.4% were of German, 6.2% Irish and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.6% spoke English, 2.5% Spanish and 1.0% Hmong as their first language.

There were 61,157 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.30% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

By age, 23.80% of the population was under 18, 11.80% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% were 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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