is a county
located in the U.S. state
. As of 2000, the population was 23,154. Its county seat
It is located in central Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of Madison.
Waushara County was established by an act of the Wisconsin Legislature
on February 15
. It originally consisted of a single organized Town of Waushara
. The county seat was first located at Sacramento
and was relocated to Wautoma in 1854 after a bitter fight between proponents of the two places.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 637 square miles
), of which, 626 square miles (1,621 km²) of it is land and 11 square miles (29 km²) of it (1.78%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 23,154 people, 9,336 households, and 6,581 families residing in the county. The population density
was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,667 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.80% White
, 0.27% Black
or African American
, 0.31% Native American
, 0.35% Asian
, 0.03% Pacific Islander
, 1.36% from other races
, and 0.89% from two or more races. 3.66% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 47.5% were of German
, 9.1% Polish
, 5.9% Irish
, 5.7% American
and 5.6% English
ancestry according to Census 2000
. 94.5% spoke English
, 3.4% Spanish
and 1.4% German
as their first language.
There were 9,336 households out of which 27.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.
Cities, villages, and towns