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Douglas County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of USA WI
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded February 8, 1854
Seat Superior
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,480 sq mi (3,833 km²)
1,309 sq mi (3,391 km²)
171 sq mi (442 km²), 11.54%
 - (2000)
 - Density

33.07/sq mi (12.77/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Douglas County is a county located at the north-west corner of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 43,287. Its county seat is Superior.[1]

A portion of the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation is in the county.


Douglas County, named after Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, was established on February 8, 1854, from the larger La Pointe County, Wisconsin, and the City of Superoir was immediately selected as the county seat.[2]

In Wisconsin's 1952 U.S. Senate primary, Douglas County was one of two counties (out of 71 in the state at the time) that Sen. Joe McCarthy did not carry.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,480 square miles (3,833.2 km2), of which 1,309 square miles (3,390.3 km2) is land and 171 square miles (442.9 km2) (11.54%) is water.


Douglas County Courthouse in Superior

Adjacent counties Edit

Major highways Edit

National protected areaEdit


USA Douglas County, Wisconsin age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Douglas County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 36,335
1910 47,422 30.5%
1920 49,771 5.0%
1930 46,583 −6.4%
1940 47,119 1.2%
1950 46,715 −0.9%
1960 45,008 −3.7%
1970 44,657 −0.8%
1980 44,421 −0.5%
1990 41,758 −6.0%
2000 43,287 3.7%
2010 44,159 2.0%
WI Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 43,287 people, 17,808 households, and 11,272 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 20,356 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.35% White, 0.57% Black or African American, 1.82% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.8% had German, 13.5% Norwegian, 11.5% Swedish, 8.5% Irish, 8.2% Finnish, 6.8% Polish and 5.1% United States or American ancestry. 96.7% spoke English and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 17,808 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.10% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.70% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

Cities, villages, and townsEdit

Cities and Villages Towns Unincorporated Communities Ghost Towns
  • Merriam
  • Millcrest
  • Morrison (Allouez) †
  • New Bristol (Martinson)
  • Nutt
  • Pokegama Junction
  • Steele
  • Troy
  • Walbridge
  • Way
  • Wiehe

† Annexed by the City of Superior

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

Coordinates: 46°27′N 91°55′W / 46.45, -91.91

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