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Barron County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,870.[1] Its county seat is Barron.[2] The county was created in 1859 and later organized in 1874.[3]

Barron County
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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Barron County
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 45°25′N 91°51′W / 45.42°N 91.85°W / 45.42; -91.85
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Founded1874
Named forHenry D. Barron
SeatBarron
Largest cityRice Lake
Area
 • Total890 sq mi (2,300 km2)
 • Land863 sq mi (2,240 km2)
 • Water27 sq mi (70 km2)  3.0%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total45,870
 • Estimate 
(2018)
45,164
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.barroncountywi.gov

HistoryEdit

The county was created in 1859[4] as Dallas County (named after Vice President George M. Dallas), with the county seat located at Barron. It was renamed Barron County on March 4, 1869. The county took the name Barron in honor of Wisconsin lawyer and politician Henry D. Barron, who served as circuit judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.[5][6] Barron County was organized in 1874.[3] In the late 1800s and early 1900s a community of Russian immigrants moved to Barron County.[7]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 890 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 863 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (3.0%) is water.[8]

Adjacent countiesEdit

Major highwaysEdit

 
The county sign for Barron County on County G

AirportsEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
186013
18705384,038.5%
18807,0241,205.6%
189015,416119.5%
190023,67753.6%
191029,11423.0%
192034,28117.7%
193034,3010.1%
194034,2890.0%
195034,7031.2%
196034,270−1.2%
197033,955−0.9%
198038,73014.1%
199040,7505.2%
200044,96310.3%
201045,8702.0%
Est. 201845,164[9]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790–1960[11] 1900–1990[12]
1990–2000[13] 2010–2018[1]
 
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Barron County

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 44,963 people, 17,851 households, and 12,352 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 20,969 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.69% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 21.8% Norwegian and 5.3% Irish ancestry.

There were 17,851 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

In 2017, there were 504 births, giving a general fertility rate of 70.6 births per 1000 women aged 15–44, the 15th highest rate out of all 72 Wisconsin counties.[15] Additionally, there were fewer than five reported induced abortions performed on women of Barron County residence in 2017.[16]

CommunitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 60.1% 13,614 34.8% 7,889 5.2% 1,168
2012 50.4% 11,443 48.0% 10,890 1.6% 359
2008 45.7% 10,457 52.8% 12,078 1.5% 351
2004 50.3% 12,030 48.9% 11,696 0.9% 211
2000 49.5% 9,848 44.9% 8,928 5.7% 1,128
1996 35.8% 6,158 46.7% 8,025 17.5% 3,008
1992 32.5% 6,572 39.9% 8,063 27.7% 5,595
1988 48.5% 8,527 50.9% 8,951 0.5% 92
1984 53.9% 9,587 45.4% 8,061 0.7% 124
1980 47.1% 8,791 46.3% 8,654 6.6% 1,240
1976 45.1% 7,393 53.0% 8,678 1.9% 311
1972 59.9% 8,418 38.3% 5,376 1.8% 251
1968 55.4% 7,526 38.1% 5,183 6.5% 880
1964 40.6% 5,701 59.3% 8,332 0.2% 23
1960 57.1% 8,640 42.7% 6,464 0.3% 41
1956 61.1% 8,634 38.4% 5,419 0.5% 73
1952 66.8% 10,013 32.7% 4,902 0.4% 66
1948 45.9% 5,516 51.2% 6,148 2.9% 352
1944 55.7% 7,137 43.6% 5,585 0.8% 101
1940 54.9% 7,806 43.5% 6,183 1.7% 238
1936 37.9% 5,067 55.6% 7,419 6.5% 869
1932 32.9% 3,852 63.4% 7,413 3.7% 436
1928 72.0% 8,455 27.1% 3,185 0.9% 106
1924 29.4% 2,703 4.1% 377 66.5% 6,100
1920 84.2% 6,887 9.1% 742 6.7% 547
1916 55.0% 2,746 37.3% 1,863 7.8% 388
1912 35.6% 1,414 26.8% 1,065 37.6% 1,491[18]
1908 66.5% 3,247 25.9% 1,266 7.6% 373
1904 78.3% 3,575 13.7% 625 8.0% 366
1900 72.8% 2,950 23.3% 943 4.0% 161
1896 64.7% 2,772 30.9% 1,324 4.3% 186
1892 57.4% 1,818 24.2% 767 18.4% 584

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (comp.) State of Wisconsin 1991-1992 Blue Book. Madison: Author, 1991, p. 731.
  5. ^ Dictionary of Wisconsin History (Wisconsin Historical Society)
  6. ^ "Here's How Iron Got Its Name". The Rhinelander Daily News. June 16, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  
  7. ^ https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS1855
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  15. ^ Annual Wisconsin Birth and Infant Mortality Report, 2017 P-01161-19 (June 2019): Detailed Tables
  16. ^ Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin, Office of Health Informatics, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Section: Trend Information, 2013-2017, Table 18, pages 17-18
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  18. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 968 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 265 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 253 votes, and Independent candidate Arthur Reimer received 5 votes.

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Coordinates: 45°25′N 91°51′W / 45.42°N 91.85°W / 45.42; -91.85