Athelstane, Wisconsin
Town hall
Location of Athelstane, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°28′43″N 88°9′38″W / 45.47861°N 88.16056°W / 45.47861; -88.16056
CountryUnited States
 • Total107.0 sq mi (277.0 km2)
 • Land106.2 sq mi (275.0 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
Elevation1,040 ft (317 m)
 • Total601
 • Density5.7/sq mi (2.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code55-03525[2]
GNIS feature ID1582726[1]

Athelstane is a town in Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 601 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Athelstane is located in the town.


The name Athelstane is derived from the Scottish word athelstane, meaning Athel's stone.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 107.0 square miles (277.1 km2), of which, 106.2 square miles (275.0 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km2) of it (0.74%) is water.

The source of the Wausaukee River is located in the town. The river then flows east into the Town of Wausaukee.[4]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 601 people, 270 households, and 179 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.7 people per square mile (2.2/km2). There were 995 housing units at an average density of 9.4 per square mile (3.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.34% White, 0.50% African American, 0.67% Native American, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 270 households, out of which 15.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,602, and the median income for a family was $38,269. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,394. About 12.1% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Gard, Robert (2015). The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names (2nd ed.). Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-87020-707-5.
  4. ^ "Report for: Wausaukee River". USGNIS. U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 16 March 2021.

Coordinates: 45°25′26″N 88°05′43″W / 45.42389°N 88.09528°W / 45.42389; -88.09528