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Lincoln County, Wisconsin


Lincoln County, Wisconsin

Lincoln County, Wisconsin
Lincoln County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1875
Named for Abraham Lincoln
Seat Merrill
Largest city Merrill
 • Total 907 sq mi (2,349 km2)
 • Land 879 sq mi (2,277 km2)
 • Water 28 sq mi (73 km2), 3.1%
 • (2010) 28,743
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,867.[1] Its county seat is Merrill.[2] The county was created in 1875[3] and named after President Abraham Lincoln.[4]

Lincoln County comprises the Merrill, WI Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Wausau-Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids, WI Combined Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • Airports 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Towns 3.2
    • Unincorporated communities 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
  • Resources 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 907 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 879 square miles (2,280 km2) is land and 28 square miles (73 km2) (3.1%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


  • KRRL - Merrill Municipal Airport
  • KTKV - Tomahawk Regional Airport


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Lincoln County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 29,641 people, 11,721 households, and 8,228 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 14,681 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.76% White, 0.41% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 55.9% were of German, 5.7% Polish and 5.3% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.9% spoke English, 1.3% German and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 11,721 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.




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. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.  
  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".  

External links

  • Lincoln County
  • Lincoln County Interactive Maps


  • Libraries and Schools in Marathon and Lincoln Counties :

This digital collection contains historic images and texts that document central Wisconsin schools and libraries in Marathon and Lincoln Counties. Text-based materials include: Marchetti, Louis. History of the Public Library Building and Names of Donors, 1909, a record of the proceedings, leading up, and culminating in the erection and completion of the Library Building of the city of Wausau, with names of Donors attached thereto. Compiled and presented to the Library by Louis Marchetti, President of the Library Board from 1904 to 1908.

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