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Columbia County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Columbia County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of USA WI
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Seat Portage
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

796 sq mi (2,062 km²)
774 sq mi (2,005 km²)
22 sq mi (57 km²), 2.75%
 - (2000)
 - Density

67/sq mi (26/km²)

Columbia County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 52,468. Its county seat is Portage6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,061 km² (796 sq mi). 2,004 km² (774 sq mi) of it is land and 57 km² (22 sq mi) of it (2.75%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit


USA Columbia County, Wisconsin age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Columbia County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 31,121
1910 31,129 0%
1920 30,468 −2.1%
1930 30,503 0.1%
1940 32,517 6.6%
1950 34,023 4.6%
1960 36,708 7.9%
1970 40,150 9.4%
1980 43,222 7.7%
1990 45,088 4.3%
2000 52,468 16.4%
WI Counties 1900-1990

As of the census² of 2000, there were 52,468 people, 20,439 households, and 14,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 26/km² (68/sq mi). There were 22,685 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (29/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.18% White, 0.88% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 1.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 46.4% were of German, 10.2% Norwegian, 7.8% Irish, 6.4% English and 5.0% United States or American ancestry.

There were 20,439 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 25.50% 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 2.49 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.40 males.

Cities and towns Edit

Coordinates: 43°28′N 89°20′W / 43.47, -89.33

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