Forest County
Forest County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 45°40′N 88°47′W / 45.67°N 88.78°W / 45.67; -88.78
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Founded1885
SeatCrandon
Largest cityCrandon
Area
 • Total1,046 sq mi (2,710 km2)
 • Land1,014 sq mi (2,630 km2)
 • Water32 sq mi (80 km2)  3.1%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total9,304
 • Estimate 
(2020)
8,960
 • Density8.9/sq mi (3.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.co.forest.wi.gov

Forest County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,304.[1] Its county seat is Crandon.[2] The Forest County Potawatomi Community and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community have reservations in Forest County.

History

Forest County was created by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1885 from portions of neighboring Langlade and Oconto counties.[3][4] The county was named for the forests contained within its limits.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,046 square miles (2,710 km2), of which 1,014 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 32 square miles (83 km2) (3.1%) is water.[6]

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National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,012
19001,39637.9%
19106,782385.8%
19209,85045.2%
193011,11812.9%
194011,8056.2%
19509,437−20.1%
19607,542−20.1%
19707,6912.0%
19809,04417.6%
19908,776−3.0%
200010,02414.2%
20109,304−7.2%
2020 (est.)8,960[7]−3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2020[1]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Forest County
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Forest County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 10,024 people, 4,043 households, and 2,769 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km2). There were 8,322 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 85.86% White, 11.30% Native American, 1.18% Black or African American, 0.17% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.3% were of German, 11.4% Polish, 7.4% Irish and 5.4% American ancestry. 95.5% spoke English, 1.4% Spanish and 1.0% Potawatomi as their first language.

Out of the 4,043 households, 29.20% had children under the age of 18, 54.00% had a married couple living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 13.20%, of individuals of 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution in the county's population was as follows: 25.30% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.00 males.

In 2017, there were 102 births, giving a general fertility rate of 71.1 births per 1000 women aged 15–44, the 14th highest rate out of all 72 Wisconsin counties.[13] There were fewer than five reported induced abortions performed on women of Forest County residence in 2017.[14]

Communities

Forest County sign on WIS 139
Forest County sign on WIS 139

City

Towns

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Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns/neighborhoods

Images

Politics

United States presidential election results for Forest County, Wisconsin[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,285 65.01% 1,721 34.06% 47 0.93%
2016 2,787 61.32% 1,579 34.74% 179 3.94%
2012 2,172 46.73% 2,425 52.17% 51 1.10%
2008 1,963 41.92% 2,673 57.08% 47 1.00%
2004 2,608 50.61% 2,509 48.69% 36 0.70%
2000 2,404 50.98% 2,158 45.76% 154 3.27%
1996 1,166 29.41% 2,092 52.76% 707 17.83%
1992 1,393 31.89% 1,904 43.59% 1,071 24.52%
1988 1,845 46.02% 2,142 53.43% 22 0.55%
1984 2,296 50.53% 2,214 48.72% 34 0.75%
1980 2,070 44.29% 2,402 51.39% 202 4.32%
1976 1,604 37.84% 2,574 60.72% 61 1.44%
1972 1,856 49.77% 1,678 45.00% 195 5.23%
1968 1,264 40.14% 1,470 46.68% 415 13.18%
1964 1,069 30.10% 2,479 69.79% 4 0.11%
1960 1,653 47.04% 1,851 52.68% 10 0.28%
1956 2,039 57.03% 1,527 42.71% 9 0.25%
1952 1,990 52.47% 1,791 47.22% 12 0.32%
1948 1,251 35.11% 2,208 61.97% 104 2.92%
1944 1,391 36.22% 2,436 63.44% 13 0.34%
1940 1,672 36.04% 2,951 63.61% 16 0.34%
1936 1,334 29.42% 3,092 68.18% 109 2.40%
1932 768 22.50% 2,595 76.03% 50 1.46%
1928 1,918 52.82% 1,677 46.19% 36 0.99%
1924 1,104 40.74% 299 11.03% 1,307 48.23%
1920 1,429 75.13% 379 19.93% 94 4.94%
1916 738 52.19% 637 45.05% 39 2.76%
1912 518 38.37% 567 42.00% 265 19.63%
1908 1,023 71.69% 324 22.70% 80 5.61%
1904 991 82.51% 160 13.32% 50 4.16%
1900 378 76.83% 95 19.31% 19 3.86%
1896 406 68.01% 172 28.81% 19 3.18%
1892 223 47.35% 228 48.41% 20 4.25%


See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Forest County, Wis., government website". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Archived from the original on April 14, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 128.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "County Population Totals: 2010-2020". Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "Annual Wisconsin Birth and Infant Mortality Report, 2017 P-01161-19 (June 2019): Detailed Tables". Archived from the original on June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin, Office of Health Informatics, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Section: Trend Information, 2013-2017, Table 18, pages 17-18
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved February 8, 2021.

Further reading

Coordinates: 45°40′N 88°47′W / 45.67°N 88.78°W / 45.67; -88.78