is a city in the Driftless Zone
of Grant County
, United States
. Approximately 0.6 mi. (1 km) to the north of the city, across a riparian swamp
, is the Wisconsin River
. U.S. Route 61
crosses the Wisconsin River at Boscobel. To the south, the city is surrounded by the town
. Boscobel is the site of a stop
along the now defunct Wisconsin Western Railroad
. The population was 3,047 at the 2000 census.
Boscobel is located at (43.136473, -90.70418).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.72%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,047 people, 1,174 households, and 752 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,068.6 people per square mile (412.8/km²). There were 1,266 housing units at an average density of 444.0/sq mi (171.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.78% White
, 3.74% Black
or African American
, 0.20% Native American
, 0.16% Asian
, 0.20% from other races
, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 1,174 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,698, and the median income for a family was $37,527. Males had a median income of $24,806 versus $19,617 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,432. About 6.0% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
Claims to fame
Despite its small size, Boscobel has three claims to fame: It is the birthplace of the Gideon Society
(which places Bibles
throughout America), it is also the site of Wisconsin
's Supermax prison
, and it is the wild turkey hunting capital of Wisconsin.