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Chippewa County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Chippewa County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of USA WI
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded February 3, 1845
Named for Ojibwa
Seat Chippewa Falls
Largest city Chippewa Falls
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,041 sq mi (2,696 km²)
1,008 sq mi (2,611 km²)
33 sq mi (85 km²), 3.2%
 - (2010)
 - Density

62/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional districts 3rd, 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Chippewa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 62,415.[1] Its county seat is Chippewa Falls.[2] The county was founded in 1845 from Crawford County.[3][4]

Chippewa County is included in the Eau Claire, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Eau Claire-Menomonie, WI Combined Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,041 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 1,008 square miles (2,610 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (3.2%) is water.[5]

Adjacent countiesEdit

Major highwaysEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 615
1860 1,895 208.1%
1870 8,311 338.6%
1880 15,491 86.4%
1890 25,143 62.3%
1900 33,037 31.4%
1910 32,103 −2.8%
1920 36,482 13.6%
1930 37,342 2.4%
1940 40,703 9.0%
1950 42,839 5.2%
1960 45,096 5.3%
1970 47,717 5.8%
1980 52,127 9.2%
1990 52,360 0.4%
2000 55,195 5.4%
2010 62,415 13.1%
Est. 2013 63,132 14.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]
USA Chippewa County, Wisconsin age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Chippewa County.

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 55,195 people, 21,356 households, and 15,013 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 22,821 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.85% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.1% were of German, 15.8% Norwegian and 5.8% Irish ancestry.

There were 21,356 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.


The largest employers in Chippewa County are:[11]

1 TTM Advanced Circuits
2 Chippewa Falls Public Schools
3 Saint Joseph's Hospital
4 Wisconsin Department of Corrections
5 Wal-Mart
6 Mason Companies Inc
7 Chippewa County
8 Mayo Health System
9 Silicon Graphics International
10 Cooperative Educational Service Agency #10



A farm in Chippewa county




Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Historical collectionsEdit

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Special Collections and ArchivesEdit

UWEC's Special Collections and Archives, located on the fifth floor of McIntyre Library, houses an extensive collection of public records, books and collections relating Chippewa County. In addition to vital records (birth and marriage) dating to 1907, there are also naturalization records, census records, and civil and circuit court records. These resources are very popular with local genealogists.

Within the local history collection, there are books about immigration to the region, logging, church and cemetery records, reminiscences by local residents, and a number of histories and biographies compiled by local historians.

Special Collections and Archives also houses numerous archives files which relate to Chippewa County. There are many collections which pertain to logging, the railway industry and agriculture.

The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire's Special Collections and Archives also includes information for Buffalo, Clark, Eau Claire, Rusk and Taylor counties.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Taken from Wisconsin Blue Book 1991-1992 p. 731; cited there as from "Wisconsin Historical Records, Origin and Legislative History of County Boundaries in Wisconsin, 1942."
  4. ^ When Counties Originated from's Oconto County, Wisconsin webpage.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^, Accessed June 20, 2011.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 45°04′N 91°17′W / 45.07, -91.28

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