Shawano is a city in Shawano County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,298 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Shawano County. The name is from the Menominee language, meaning "to the south".
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.6 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.16%) is water.
There were 3,432 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,546, and the median income for a family was $41,241. Males had a median income of $30,709 versus $19,905 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,380. About 8.9% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.