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Winnebago County Courthouse
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|Named for||Winnebago people|
|• Total||579 sq mi (1,500 km2)|
|• Land||434 sq mi (1,120 km2)|
|• Water||144 sq mi (370 km2) 25%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||288.42/sq mi (111.36/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Congressional districts||6th, 8th|
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. It was named for the historic Winnebago people, a federally recognized Native American tribe now known as the Ho-Chunk Nation. Chief Oshkosh was a leader in the area. Winnebago County comprises the Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Combined Statistical Area.
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.
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.
- Waupaca County - northwest
- Outagamie County - northeast
- Calumet County - east
- Fond du Lac County - south
- Green Lake County - southwest
- Waushara County - west
Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) serves the county and surrounding communities.
|U.S. Decennial Census
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. 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.
- Appleton (mostly in Outagamie County and Calumet County)
- Menasha (partly in Calumet County)
- Oshkosh (county seat)
- Adella Beach
- Black Wolf
- Black Wolf Point
- Clarks Point
- Decorah Beach
- Fairview Beach
- Harbor Springs
- Highland Shore
- Indian Shores
- Island Park
- Lasleys Point
- Leonards Point
- Little Point
- Medina Junction
- Melrose Park
- Metz (partial)
- Nichols Shore Acres
- Plummer Point
- Point Comfort
- Ricker Bay
- Rush Lake
- Shangri La Point
- Sunrise Bay
- Waverly Beach (partial)
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