Dane County, Wisconsin


Dane County, Wisconsin
Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal of Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1839
Seat Madison
Largest city Madison
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,238 sq mi (3,206 km²)
1,202 sq mi (3,113 km²)
36 sq mi (93 km²), 2.94%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

488,073
355/sq mi (137/km²)
Website www.co.dane.wi.us

Dane County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Its population was 488,073 at the 2010 census. The county seat is Madison, which is also the capital of the state. The U.S. Census Bureau's Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Dane County (as well as neighboring Iowa and Columbia counties). Dane County is made up of more than 60 cities, towns, and villages.

Dane County is the second most populous county in Wisconsin behind Milwaukee County.[1]

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History

Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county. It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory.[2]

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dane County.
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 69,435
1910 77,435 11.5%
1920 89,432 15.5%
1930 112,737 26.1%
1940 130,660 15.9%
1950 169,357 29.6%
1960 222,095 31.1%
1970 290,272 30.7%
1980 323,545 11.5%
1990 367,085 13.5%
2000 426,526 16.2%
2010 488,073 14.4%
Source: U.S. Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 426,526 people, 173,484 households, and 100,794 families residing in the county. The population density was 355 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 180,398 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.96% White, 4.00% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 11.5% Norwegian, 8.9% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 173,484 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 32.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

Government

Dane County is governed by a county executive and a county legislature. The county legislature known as the Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members each elected from single member districts. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote.

County executives of Dane County, Wisconsin

The list of county executives of Dane County, Wisconsin. The list may not be complete.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,206.4 km2), of which 1,202 square miles (3,113.2 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93.2 km2) (2.94%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-39.svg Interstate 39
  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • I-94.svg Interstate 94
  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 18.svg U.S. Highway 18
  • US 51.svg U.S. Highway 51
  • US 151.svg U.S. Highway 151
  • WIS 19.svg Highway 19 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 30.svg Highway 30 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 69.svg Highway 69 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 73.svg Highway 73 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 78.svg Highway 78 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 89.svg Highway 89 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 92.svg Highway 92 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 104.svg Highway 104 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 106.svg Highway 106 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 113.svg Highway 113 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 134.svg Highway 134 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 138.svg Highway 138 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 188.svg Highway 188 (Wisconsin)

Adjacent counties

Cities, villages and towns

Political map of Dane County

Dane County Cities


Dane County Villages


Dane County Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Wisconsin State Capitol in Dane County

See also

References

Further reading

External links

Coordinates: 43°04′N 89°25′W / 43.07°N 89.42°W / 43.07; -89.42


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