Clark County, Wisconsin

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Clark County
Clark County Courthouse
Clark County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Clark County
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 44°44′N 90°37′W / 44.73°N 90.61°W / 44.73; -90.61
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Founded1854
Named forWilliam Clark
SeatNeillsville
Largest cityNeillsville
Area
 • Total1,219 sq mi (3,160 km2)
 • Land1,210 sq mi (3,100 km2)
 • Water9.0 sq mi (23 km2)  0.7%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total34,690
 • Estimate 
(2018)
34,709
 • Density28/sq mi (11/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.co.clark.wi.us

Clark County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,690.[1] Its county seat is Neillsville.[2]

History[edit]

Clark County fairgrounds

Clark County was founded in 1853 and organized the following year.[3] It was named for A. W. Clark, an early settler,[4] or for General George Rogers Clark.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,219 square miles (3,160 km2), of which 1,210 square miles (3,100 km2) is land and 9.0 square miles (23 km2) (0.7%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Demographics and religion statistics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860789
18703,450337.3%
188010,715210.6%
189017,70865.3%
190025,84846.0%
191030,07416.3%
192035,12016.8%
193034,165−2.7%
194033,972−0.6%
195032,459−4.5%
196031,527−2.9%
197030,361−3.7%
198032,9108.4%
199031,647−3.8%
200033,5576.0%
201034,6903.4%
Est. 201834,709[7]0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2018[1]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Clark County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 33,557 people, 12,047 households, and 8,673 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 13,531 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.05% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 1.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 54.0% were of German, 9.0% Polish, 6.2% Norwegian and 6.1% United States or American ancestry. 6.62% reported speaking German, Pennsylvania German, or Dutch at home; an additional 1.34% speak Spanish.[13]

There were 12,047 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.90% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.70 males.

In 2017, there were 554 births, giving a general fertility rate of 99.2 births per 1000 women aged 15–44, the second highest rate out of all 72 Wisconsin counties. 184 of the births occurred at home, more than any other Wisconsin county.[14]

In 2010, the largest religious groups by reported number of adherents in Clark County were Catholic at 9,535 adherents, Missouri Synod Lutheran at 2,459 adherents, ELCA Lutheran at 2,281 adherents, Amish at 1,986 adherents, United Church of Christ at 959 adherents, Wisconsin Synod Lutheran at 891 adherents, and United Methodist at 577 adherents.[15]

Communities[edit]

Clark County sign

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns/neighborhoods[edit]

Religion[edit]

In 2013 there were 16 Amish church districts in Clark County.[16]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 63.3% 8,652 30.9% 4,221 5.9% 800
2012 53.7% 7,412 44.7% 6,172 1.6% 217
2008 45.0% 6,383 52.5% 7,454 2.5% 350
2004 52.7% 7,966 46.1% 6,966 1.3% 193
2000 52.7% 7,461 41.9% 5,931 5.4% 757
1996 35.9% 4,622 43.1% 5,540 21.0% 2,699
1992 33.4% 4,977 37.2% 5,540 29.3% 4,368
1988 48.3% 6,296 51.0% 6,642 0.8% 98
1984 58.2% 8,099 40.6% 5,647 1.2% 160
1980 52.7% 7,921 40.5% 6,091 6.7% 1,011
1976 44.4% 6,095 52.7% 7,238 3.0% 409
1972 56.5% 7,138 36.5% 4,617 7.0% 886
1968 51.2% 6,325 37.2% 4,601 11.6% 1,428
1964 38.6% 4,897 61.3% 7,781 0.2% 26
1960 55.2% 7,368 44.5% 5,934 0.3% 41
1956 62.3% 7,941 37.4% 4,765 0.4% 48
1952 71.7% 9,406 27.8% 3,652 0.4% 58
1948 52.7% 5,885 43.3% 4,840 4.0% 450
1944 62.8% 7,948 36.4% 4,612 0.8% 97
1940 65.9% 9,501 32.5% 4,683 1.6% 236
1936 39.6% 5,196 52.8% 6,931 7.7% 1,005
1932 26.1% 3,132 69.8% 8,372 4.1% 495
1928 62.5% 6,948 35.4% 3,938 2.1% 235
1924 31.3% 3,130 5.5% 552 63.2% 6,328
1920 79.7% 6,246 9.5% 745 10.8% 842
1916 64.8% 3,371 31.0% 1,614 4.1% 214
1912 45.6% 2,035 34.2% 1,528 20.2% 899
1908 65.7% 3,491 29.7% 1,576 4.6% 244
1904 75.7% 4,091 19.4% 1,050 4.9% 265
1900 74.8% 3,864 22.4% 1,157 2.8% 146
1896 69.4% 3,328 27.5% 1,318 3.1% 149
1892 51.5% 2,039 43.2% 1,711 5.3% 208

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. 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. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 83.
  5. ^ "Here's How Iron Got Its Name". The Rhinelander Daily News. June 16, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2014 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Annual Wisconsin Birth and Infant Mortality Report, 2017 P-01161-19 (June 2019): Detailed Tables
  15. ^ thearda.com 2010 County Membership Report data
  16. ^ Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, Steven M. Nolt: The Amish. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, p. 142.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 11 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 44°44′N 90°37′W / 44.73°N 90.61°W / 44.73; -90.61