Dane County, Wisconsin

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Dane County, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin Dec04 IMG 2851.JPG
Dane County Courthouse
Seal of Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
FoundedDecember 7, 1836
Named forNathan Dane
SeatMadison
Largest cityMadison
Area
 • Total1,238 sq mi (3,206 km2)
 • Land1,197 sq mi (3,100 km2)
 • Water41 sq mi (106 km2), 3.3%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)503,523
 • Density421/sq mi (163/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.dane.wi.us
 
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Dane County, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin Dec04 IMG 2851.JPG
Dane County Courthouse
Seal of Dane County, Wisconsin
Seal
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
FoundedDecember 7, 1836
Named forNathan Dane
SeatMadison
Largest cityMadison
Area
 • Total1,238 sq mi (3,206 km2)
 • Land1,197 sq mi (3,100 km2)
 • Water41 sq mi (106 km2), 3.3%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)503,523
 • Density421/sq mi (163/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.dane.wi.us

Dane County is a county in the state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 488,073.[1] making it the second-most populous county in Wisconsin. The county seat is Madison,[2] which is also the state capital.

Dane County is part of the Madison, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Madison-Janesville-Beloit, WI Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

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.[3][4]

Government[edit]

Dane County is governed by a county executive and a County Board of Supervisors. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote. The County Executive is Joe Parisi. The Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members, each elected from single member districts. As the policy-making body of the county government, the Board of Supervisors enacts county ordinances, levies taxes, and appropriates money for services.

County Executives[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

DistrictMemberFirst Term
1stMary Kolar2013
2ndHeidi Wegleitner2012
3rdNick Zweifel2012
4thKyle Richmond2002
5thLeland Pan2012
6thJohn Hendrick, Chair1994
7thMatt Veldran2006
8thCarousel Andrea Bayrd2006
9thDianne Hesselbein2006
10thJeremy Levin2008
11thAl Matano2000
12thPaul Rusk2002
13thChuck Erickson
14thGeorge Gillis2013
15thRonn Ferrell2008
16thDave De Felice2004
17thJeff Pertl2012
18thMelissa Sargent2010
19thBill Clausius
20thDennis O'Loughlin
21stDavid Wiganowsky
22ndMaureen McCarville
23rdShelia Stubbs

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,210 km2), of which 1,197 square miles (3,100 km2) is land and 41 square miles (110 km2) (3.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
1840314
185016,6395,199.0%
186043,922164.0%
187053,09620.9%
188053,2330.3%
189059,57811.9%
190069,43516.5%
191077,43511.5%
192089,43215.5%
1930112,73726.1%
1940130,66015.9%
1950169,35729.6%
1960222,09531.1%
1970290,27230.7%
1980323,54511.5%
1990367,08513.5%
2000426,52616.2%
2010488,07314.4%
Est. 2012503,5233.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dane County.

As of the census[10] 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 the 2000 census.

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.

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Communities[edit]

Political map of Dane County

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 99. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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