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Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal of Dane County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of USA WI
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1839
Seat Madison
Largest city Madison
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,238 sq mi (3,206 km²)
1,202 sq mi (3,113 km²)
36 sq mi (93 km²), 2.94%
 - (2010)
 - Density

355/sq mi (137/km²)

Dane County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Its population was 488,073 at the 2010 census. The county seat is Madison, which is also the capital of the state. The U.S. Census Bureau's Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Dane County (as well as neighboring Iowa and Columbia counties). Dane County is made up of more than 60 cities, towns, and villages.

Dane County is the second most populous county in Wisconsin behind Milwaukee County.[1]


Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county. It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory.[2]


USA Dane County, Wisconsin age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dane County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 69,435
1910 77,435 11.5%
1920 89,432 15.5%
1930 112,737 26.1%
1940 130,660 15.9%
1950 169,357 29.6%
1960 222,095 31.1%
1970 290,272 30.7%
1980 323,545 11.5%
1990 367,085 13.5%
2000 426,526 16.2%
2010 488,073 14.4%
Source: U.S. Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 426,526 people, 173,484 households, and 100,794 families residing in the county. The population density was 355 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 180,398 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.96% White, 4.00% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 11.5% Norwegian, 8.9% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 173,484 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 32.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.


Dane County is governed by a county executive and a county legislature. The county legislature known as the Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members each elected from single member districts. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote.

County Executives of Dane CountyEdit

The list of the county executives of Dane County.[5]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,206.4 km2), of which 1,202 square miles (3,113.2 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93.2 km2) (2.94%) is water.

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Dane County Cities

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Wisconsin State Capitol in Dane County

See alsoEdit


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Coordinates: 43°04′N 89°25′W / 43.07, -89.42

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