Ashland County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Ashland County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of USA WI
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1860
Named for Henry Clay's farm Ashland.
Seat Ashland
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,294 sq mi (5,941 km²)
1,044 sq mi (2,703 km²)
1,250 sq mi (3,237 km²), 54.49%
 - (2000)
 - Density

16.16/sq mi (6.24/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Ashland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, and was formed in 1860 from unorganized territory. As of 2000, the population is 16,866. Its county seat is Ashland6.

History Edit

Ashland County was named in honor of Henry Clay's farm Ashland.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,941 km² (2,294 sq mi). 2,703 km² (1,044 sq mi) of it is land and 3,237 km² (1,250 sq mi) of it (54.49%) is water. The Apostle Islands are a small group of islands in Lake Superior, off the Bayfield Peninsula with the majority of the islands located in Ashland County — only Sand, York and Raspberry Islands are in Bayfield County.

Adjacent counties Edit


USA Ashland County, Wisconsin age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Ashland County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 20,176
1910 21,965 8.9%
1920 24,538 11.7%
1930 21,054 −14.2%
1940 21,801 3.5%
1950 19,461 −10.7%
1960 17,375 −10.7%
1970 16,743 −3.6%
1980 16,783 0.2%
1990 16,307 −2.8%
2000 16,866 3.4%
WI Counties 1900-1990

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 16,866 people, 6,718 households, and 4,279 families residing in the county. The population density was 6/km² (16/sq mi). There were 8,883 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (8/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 87.10% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 10.35% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.8% were of German, 8.4% Finnish, 7.4% Polish, 7.4% Norwegian, 7.3% Swedish and 5.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.6% spoke English as their first language. The reservation of the Bad River Chippewa Band is partially located in the county.

There were 6,718 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.60% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.30% were non-families. 30.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.

Cities, villages, and towns Edit

Ashland county, wisconsin, 1895

Ashland County, Wisconsin from 1895 U.S. Atlas




External linksEdit

Coordinates: 46°43′N 90°34′W / 46.71, -90.56

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