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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Oconto County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of USA WI
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded information needed
Seat Oconto
Largest city Oconto
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,149 sq mi (2,976 km²)
998 sq mi (2,585 km²)
151 sq mi (391 km²), 13.15%
 - (2000)
 - Density

36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Rural Oconto County in fall

Oconto County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 35,634. Its county seat is Oconto6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,976 km² (1,149 sq mi). 2,585 km² (998 sq mi) of it is land and 391 km² (151 sq mi) of it (13.15%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit


USA Oconto County, Wisconsin age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Oconto County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 20,874
1910 25,657 22.9%
1920 27,104 5.6%
1930 26,386 −2.6%
1940 27,075 2.6%
1950 26,238 −3.1%
1960 25,110 −4.3%
1970 25,553 1.8%
1980 28,947 13.3%
1990 30,226 4.4%
2000 35,634 17.9%
WI Counties 1900-1990

Woods along U.S. Route 41

As of the census² of 2000, there were 35,634 people, 13,979 households, and 10,050 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (36/sq mi). There were 19,812 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (20/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.76% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.9% were of German, 11.8% Polish, 6.0% French and 5.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,979 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

Oconto County is perennially among the poorest counties in Wisconsin. Stagnant growth turned to negative growth in the early years of the 21st century as employers left the region. Oconto County had an unemployment rate of over 10% in 2004.

History Edit

First visited by French explorers in the 16th Century, Oconto County is among the oldest settlements in Wisconsin. Father Claude-Jean Allouez of the Roman Catholic Jesuit order said the first mass in Oconto, Wisconsin. Among the first settlers was Joseph Tourtilott, who explored much of the Oconto River Watershed. Many of Tourtilott's descendants continue to inhabit Oconto County, which has the highest percentage of people of French descent in Wisconsin.

Cities and towns Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 44°59′N 88°14′W / 44.99, -88.23

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