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Forest County, Wisconsin

Forest County, Wisconsin
Forest County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Forest County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1885
Seat Crandon
Largest city Crandon
 • Total 1,046 sq mi (2,709 km2)
 • Land 1,014 sq mi (2,626 km2)
 • Water 32 sq mi (83 km2), 3.1%
 • (2010) 9,304
 • Density 9.2/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .gov.wi.forest.cowww

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 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
    • Airport 2.3
    • National protected area 2.4
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Census-designated places 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
    • Ghost towns 4.5
  • Images 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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]


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]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


  • Y55 - Crandon/Steve Conway Municipal Airport

National protected area


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 according to Census 2000. 95.5% spoke English, 1.4% Spanish and 1.0% Potawatomi as their first language.

Out of the 4,043 households, 29.20% have children under the age of 18, 54.00% have 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 is 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 is 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.00 males.


Forest County sign on WIS 139



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Forest County, Wis., government website". Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.  
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 128. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  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. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Forest County
  • Forest County tourism
  • Forest County Potawatomi

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