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Brown County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of USA WI
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1818
Seat Green Bay
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

615 sq mi (1,593 km²)
529 sq mi (1,370 km²)
87 sq mi (225 km²), 14.10%
 - (2010)
 - Density

300/sq mi (116/km²)

Brown County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2010, the population was 248,007.[1] The county seat is Green Bay. The United States Census Bureau's Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties.

Brown County is one of Wisconsin's two original counties along with Crawford County and originally spanned the entire eastern half of the state when formed by the Michigan Territorial legislature in 1818. It has since been subdivided to its present area. It was named for Major General Jacob Brown, a successful military leader during the War of 1812.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 615 square miles (1,592.8 km2), of which 529 square miles (1,370.1 km2) is land and 87 square miles (225.3 km2) (14.10%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit

Major highwaysEdit


USA Brown County, Wisconsin age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Brown County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 46,359
1910 54,098 16.7%
1920 61,889 14.4%
1930 70,249 13.5%
1940 83,109 18.3%
1950 98,314 18.3%
1960 125,082 27.2%
1970 158,244 26.5%
1980 175,280 10.8%
1990 194,594 11.0%
2000 226,778 16.5%
2010 248,007 9.4%
WI Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 226,778 people, 87,295 households, and 57,527 families residing in the county. The population density was 429 people per square mile (166/km²). There were 90,199 housing units at an average density of 171 per square mile (66/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.14% White, 1.16% Black or African American, 2.29% Native American, 2.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 3.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.8% were of German, 8.9% Polish, 7.8% Belgian and 6.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 93.2% spoke English, 3.8% Spanish and 1.2% Hmong as their first language.

There were 87,295 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% 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 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 31.90% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.


The legislative branch of Brown County is the 26-member Board of Supervisors. Each member represents a single member district and serves a two-year term, with elections held in the spring of even-numbered years. The Board of Supervisors elects a Chairman and Vice Chairman from its membership.

The executive branch of Brown County is the County Executive, who is elected in the Spring of every other odd-numbered year. The executive appoints department heads with the approval of the County Board. The current county executive is Tom Hinz.

Brown County has several other elected officials that are established under the Wisconsin State constitution and are referred to as the Constitutional Officers. Constitutional Officers are the only partisan elected officials within Brown County Government, as the Executive and County Board are non-partisan positions.

The current Constitutional Officers are:

  • County Executive: Troy Streckenbach
  • Clerk: Darlene Marcelle (R)
  • Clerk of Circuit Courts: Jason B. Beck (R)
  • District Attorney: John P. Zakowski (R)
  • Register of Deeds: Cathy Williquette (D)
  • Sheriff: John Gossage (R)
  • Treasurer: Kerry Blaney (D)

Cities, villages, and towns Edit



Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay


Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena


Farmland in rural Brown County



Unincorporated communitiesEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

Coordinates: 44°29′N 87°59′W / 44.48, -87.99

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