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Iron County, Wisconsin


Iron County, Wisconsin

Iron County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iron County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1893
Seat Hurley
Largest city Hurley
 • Total 919 sq mi (2,380 km2)
 • Land 758 sq mi (1,963 km2)
 • Water 161 sq mi (417 km2), 18%
 • (2010) 5,916
 • Density 7.8/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .gov.wi.iron.cowww

Iron County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,916,[1] making it the third-least populous county in Wisconsin. Its county seat is Hurley.[2] It was named for the valuable iron ore found within its borders.[3][4]


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Towns 3.2
    • Census-designated places 3.3
    • Unincorporated communities 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 919 square miles (2,380 km2), of which 758 square miles (1,960 km2) is land and 161 square miles (420 km2) (18%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Iron County.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,916 people residing in the county. 97.9% were White, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Black or African American, 0.2% of some other race and 0.9% of two or more races. 0.6% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 22.9% were of German, 13.7% Italian, 12.6% Finnish, 8.2% Polish, 6.6% American and 5.4% Irish ancestry.[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 6,861 people, 3,083 households, and 1,960 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 5,706 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.28% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 0.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.9% were of German, 18.6% Italian, 15.2% Finnish, 9.3% Polish and 6.4% Irish ancestry. 97.1% spoke English as their first language.

There were 3,083 households out of which 22.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.40% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the county, the population was spread out with 19.40% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 23.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.


The Old Iron County Courthouse (now the Iron County Historical Museum) in Hurley, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Entrance sign on US 51



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 166. 
  4. ^ "Here's How Iron Got Its Name". The Rhinelander Daily News. June 16, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2014 – via  
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder"
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Iron County official government website
  • Welcome to Iron County, Wisconsin
  • Historic Bridges of Iron County

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