Wautoma, Wisconsin

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Wautoma, Wisconsin
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Looking west at downtown Wautoma, Wisconsin
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Location of Wautoma in Waushara County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 44°4′17″N89°17′23″W / 44.07139°N 89.28972°W / 44.07139; -89.28972 Coordinates: 44°4′17″N89°17′23″W / 44.07139°N 89.28972°W / 44.07139; -89.28972
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Wisconsin.svg  Wisconsin
County Waushara
Area
[1]
  Total2.72 sq mi (7.04 km2)
  Land2.68 sq mi (6.94 km2)
  Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
[2]
863 ft (263 m)
Population
  Total2,218
  Estimate 
(2016) [4]
2,133
  Density827.6/sq mi (319.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-84625
GNIS feature ID1576330 [2]
Website http://www.cityofwautoma.com/

Wautoma is a city in Waushara County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,218 at the 2010 census. Wautoma is the county seat of Waushara County.

Waushara County, Wisconsin County in the United States

Waushara County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,496. Its county seat is Wautoma.

Wisconsin A north-central state of the United States of America

Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.

2010 United States Census 23rd national census of the United States, taken in 2010

The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010. The census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million, as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000.

Contents

The city consists of three noncontiguous areas: one is entirely within the Town of Wautoma, the second is entirely within the Town of Dakota, and the third straddles the boundary between the two towns.

Wautoma (town), Wisconsin Town in Wisconsin, United States

Wautoma is a town in Waushara County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,312 at the 2000 census.

Dakota is a town in Waushara County, Wisconsin, United States. The unincorporated communities of Bannerman and Dakota are in the town.

Wautoma calls itself the "Christmas tree capital of the world". [5] [6] [7] [8] The Kirk Company of Tacoma, Washington, operated the "Wautoma plantation" of more than 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of Christmas trees, beginning in 1953. [9]

Christmas tree decorated tree used in the celebration of Christmas

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as a spruce, pine or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas, originating in Northern Europe. The custom was developed in medieval Livonia, and in early modern Germany where Protestant Germans brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond the Lutheran areas of Germany and the Baltic countries during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.

Tacoma, Washington City in Washington, United States

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million.

On August 29, 1992, the town was struck by a half-mile wide F-3 tornado, killing 2 people, injuring 30 others, and causing over $5 million in damage. [10]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.72 square miles (7.04 km2), of which, 2.68 square miles (6.94 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water. [1]

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1880 295
1910 964
1920 1,0468.5%
1930 1,044−0.2%
1940 1,18013.0%
1950 1,37616.6%
1960 1,4666.5%
1970 1,62410.8%
1980 1,6290.3%
1990 1,7849.5%
2000 1,99812.0%
2010 2,21811.0%
Est. 20162,133 [4] −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census [11]

2010 census

As of the census [3] of 2010, there were 2,218 people, 945 households, and 487 families residing in the city. The population density was 827.6 inhabitants per square mile (319.5/km2). There were 1,061 housing units at an average density of 395.9 per square mile (152.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.3% White, 1.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 6.3% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.8% of the population.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 945 households of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.6% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.5% were non-families. 44.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.5% male and 49.5% female.

2000 census

As of the census [12] of 2000, there were 1,998 people, 806 households, and 429 families residing in the city. The population density was 800.8 people per square mile (308.6/km²). There were 877 housing units at an average density of 351.5 per square mile (135.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.04% White, 1.10% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 2.00% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 7.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 806 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% were non-families. 40.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,723, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $27,546 versus $19,648 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,006. About 5.2% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Wautoma is served by the Wautoma Municipal Airport ( FAA LID : Y50).

Media

News media

Radio

High school sports

Wautoma High School has won five state championships, three in boys' track and field, one in boys' basketball, and one in football. In 1980, Wautoma High School won the Class B State Basketball Championship. [13]

Notable people

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