Brokaw, Wisconsin

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Brokaw, Wisconsin
Motto(s): 
Rising by the river
Location of Brokaw in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Brokaw in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 45°1′42″N 89°39′23″W / 45.02833°N 89.65639°W / 45.02833; -89.65639Coordinates: 45°1′42″N 89°39′23″W / 45.02833°N 89.65639°W / 45.02833; -89.65639
CountryUnited States
State Wisconsin
CountyMarathon
Incorporated1903
Government
 • TypeFormer Village
Area
 • Total1.21 sq mi (3.13 km2)
 • Land1.03 sq mi (2.68 km2)
 • Water0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
Elevation1,220 ft (372 m)
Population
 • Total251
 • Estimate 
(2017)[4]
248
 • Density239.85/sq mi (92.60/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)715 & 534
FIPS code55-09975[5]
GNIS feature ID1562231[2]

Brokaw is a former village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 251 at the 2010 census.[6] Brokaw merged with the village of Maine, Wisconsin on October 1, 2018.[7]

Geography[edit]

Brokaw is located at 45°1′42″N 89°39′23″W / 45.02833°N 89.65639°W / 45.02833; -89.65639 (45.028457, -89.656366).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.23 square miles (3.19 km2), of which, 1.07 square miles (2.77 km2) of it is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910458
19204937.6%
19305144.3%
1940477−7.2%
1950380−20.3%
1960319−16.1%
1970312−2.2%
1980298−4.5%
1990224−24.8%
2000107−52.2%
2010251134.6%
Est. 2017248[4]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 251 people, 123 households, and 66 families residing in the village. The population density was 234.6 inhabitants per square mile (90.6/km2). There were 138 housing units at an average density of 129.0 per square mile (49.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.6% White, 1.6% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 123 households of which 19.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.3% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.59.

The median age in the village was 32.9 years. 13.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 45.8% male and 54.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 107 people, 47 households, and 24 families residing in the village. The population density was 108.6 people per square mile (41.7/km²). There were 49 housing units at an average density of 49.7 per square mile (19.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.13% White, 0.93% Native American, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 47 households out of which 17.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.9% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the village, the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,083, and the median income for a family was $54,167. Males had a median income of $26,458 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,290. There were 20.8% of families and 21.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 50.0% of under eighteens and 17.6% of those over 64.

History[edit]

In the 1880s, the Wausau Boom Company built a dam on the Wisconsin River near the present location of the village. The community began to develop in the early 20th century around the Wausau Paper Mills. It was founded by paper company owner Norman Brokaw.[11]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Brokaw village, Wisconsin". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Terlecki, Courtney. "Wausau area communities merge--a first in state history". WAOW.com. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Callary, Edward. Place Names of Wisconsin. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-299-30964-0.