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Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Winnebago County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Winnebago County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1848
Seat Oshkosh
Largest city Oshkosh
 • Total 579 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land 434 sq mi (1,124 km2)
 • Water 144 sq mi (373 km2), 25%
 • (2010) 166,994
 • Density 384/sq mi (148/km²)
Congressional districts 6th, 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.wi.winnebago.cowww

Winnebago County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 166,994.[1] Its county seat is Oshkosh.[2]

Winnebago County comprises the Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is include in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Combined Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Village 5.2
    • Towns 5.3
    • Census-designated place 5.4
    • Unincorporated communities 5.5
    • Ghost towns 5.6
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Winnebago County was created in 1840 and organized in 1848.[3] The name Winnebago is of Algonquin origin and means 'people dwelling by the fetid or ill-smelling water', which may refer to a sulfur spring.[4] The county seat, Oshkosh, was incorporated as a city in 1853, when it already had a population of nearly 2,800.[5]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 579 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 434 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 144 square miles (370 km2) (25%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Winnebago County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 156,763 people, 61,157 households, and 39,568 families residing in the county. The population density was 357 per square mile (138/km2). There were 64,721 housing units at an average density of 148 per square mile (57/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.92% White, 1.12% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 1.84% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.4% were of German, 6.2% Irish and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.6% spoke English, 2.5% Spanish and 1.0% Hmong as their first language.

There were 61,157 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.30% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% 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 2.99.

By age, 23.80% of the population was under 18, 11.80% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% were 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.


Winnebago County is governed by the 36-member Winnebago County Board of Supervisors. Supervisors are elected to the board in a nonpartisan election held the first Tuesday of April in even numbered years and serve two-year terms. The board has several committees. It meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Winnebago County Courthouse in Oshkosh.

The chairperson of the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors is District 11 Supervisor David Albrecht and the current vice-chairperson is District 7 Supervisor Bill Roh.

Meeting minutes are taken and managed by Susan T. Ertmer, the elected County Clerk of Winnebago County and a member of the Republican Party.





Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.  
  4. ^ "Winnebago Took Its Name from an Indian Tribe". The Post-Crescent. December 28, 1963. p. 14. Retrieved August 25, 2014 – via  
  5. ^ History of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Winnebago County official website
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of the Fox River Valley Counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago

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