is a town in Dane County
, United States
. The population was 1,823 at the 2000 Census
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of 35.8 square miles
), of which, 35.2 square miles (91.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.73%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,823 people, 726 households, and 516 families residing in the town. The population density
was 51.8 people per square mile (20.0/km²). There were 869 housing units at an average density of 24.7/sq mi (9.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.19% White
, 0.16% African American
, 0.27% Native American
, 0.49% Asian
, 0.33% from other races
, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.77% of the population.
There were 726 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $49,118, and the median income for a family was $55,938. Males had a median income of $37,000 versus $25,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,643. About 2.1% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
Albion was the mid-1850s to mid-1900s locale of the Albion Academy, considered one of the first co-educational colleges in Wisconsin. Among faculty members at this school were the famed Swedish-American naturalist, Thure Ludwig Theodor Kumlien
, and the Norwegian-American author and diplomat, Rasmus Anderson
. Graduates of the college included naturalist Edward Lee Greene
governor Alva Adams
. and Minnesota
's United States Senator Knute Nelson
. The last remaining building of the academy, Kumlien Hall, was destroyed by fire in the 1960s. However, the building has been rebuilt and a museum devoted to the academy (and the early education of southern Wisconsin) is now located on the Albion "green." Among the treasures at the museum is the canoe paddle created by Sterling North
(the author of 1963's bestselling Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era
) for the canoe that North built at his childhood home. The canoe, unfortunately, was destroyed in the 1960s fire of Kumlien Hall.