Wisconsin Coastal GIS Applications Project

Wisconsin Coastal Fact Sheet
Population Change: 1990 to 2000


Lake Superior and Lake Michigan coastal counties outlined in bold.


AREA 1990
POPULATION
PERCENT 2000
ESTIMATE
PERCENT 1990-2000
DIFFERENCE
PERCENT 1990-2000
PERCENT CHANGE
Coastal 1,907,781 39.0% 1,992,393 37.1% 84,612 17.9% 4.4%
Inland 2,983,988 61.0% 3,371,282 62.9% 387,294 82.1% 13.0%
Total 4,891,769 100.0% 5,363,675 100.0% 471,906 100.0% 9.6%

Coastal vs. Inland Population

The coastal zone in Wisconsin consists of the 15 counties that border Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Coastal counties account for 39.0% of the population of the state according to the 1990 Census. This drops to 37.1% according to the 2000 Census.

Coastal Regions

According to the 1990 Census, the four southeastern coastal counties (Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha) make up 70% of the coastal population. The seven counties in the Bay-Lake region (Marinette, Oconto, Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Shebogan) make up 25.9% of the coastal population. The four Lake Superior counties (Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron) make up just 4.1% of the coastal population. According to the 2000 Census, the four southeastern coastal counties make up 68.3% of the coastal population. The seven counties in the Bay-Lake region now make up 27.6% of the coastal population. The four Lake Superior counties make up 4.1% of the coastal population.

Coastal Population Change

Population in Wisconsin coastal counties increased by a total of 84,612 residents between 1990 and 2000. This translates to an increase of 4.4%. Inland counties increased at a rate of 13.0%, significantly faster than the rate for coastal counties. The state growth rate for the period from 1990 to 2000 was 9.6%. The southeastern coastal counties grew at a rate of 1.9%, the Bay-Lake counties at 11.2%, and the Lake Superior counties at 4.9%. The fastest growing counties were Oconto at 17.9%, Kenosha at 16.7%, Brown at 16.5%, and Ozaukee at 13.0%. The slowest growing counties were Manitowoc at 3.1%, Ashland at 3.4%, and Douglas at 3.7%. The population in Milwaukee County decreased by 2.0%.

Data Sources

1990 Census of Population, U.S. Census Bureau
2000 Census of Population, U.S. Census Bureau.


CODE

COUNTY

 1990 CENSUS  2000 CENSUS  1990-2000 DIFFERENCE 1990-2000 PERCENT CHANGE
1 ADAMS              15,682              18,643                               2,961 18.9
3 ASHLAND              16,307              16,866                                  559 3.4
5 BARRON              40,750              44,963                               4,213 10.3
7 BAYFIELD              14,008              15,013                               1,005 7.2
9 BROWN            194,594            226,778                             32,184 16.5
11 BUFFALO              13,584              13,804                                  220 1.6
13 BURNETT              13,084              15,674                               2,590 19.8
15 CALUMET              34,291              40,631                               6,340 18.5
17 CHIPPEWA              52,360              55,195                               2,835 5.4
19 CLARK              31,647              33,557                               1,910 6.0
21 COLUMBIA              45,088              52,468                               7,380 16.4
23 CRAWFORD              15,940              17,243                               1,303 8.2
25 DANE            367,085            426,526                             59,441 16.2
27 DODGE              76,559              85,897                               9,338 12.2
29 DOOR              25,690              27,961                               2,271 8.8
31 DOUGLAS              41,758              43,287                               1,529 3.7
33 DUNN              35,909              39,858                               3,949 11.0
35 EAU CLAIRE              85,183              93,142                               7,959 9.3
37 FLORENCE                4,590                5,088                                  498 10.8
39 FOND DU LAC              90,083              97,296                               7,213 8.0
41 FOREST                8,776              10,024                               1,248 14.2
43 GRANT              49,266              49,597                                  331 0.7
45 GREEN              30,339              33,647                               3,308 10.9
47 GREEN LAKE              18,651              19,105                                  454 2.4
49 IOWA              20,150              22,780                               2,630 13.1
51 IRON                6,153                6,861                                  708 11.5
53 JACKSON              16,588              19,100                               2,512 15.1
55 JEFFERSON              67,783              74,021                               6,238 9.2
57 JUNEAU              21,650              24,316                               2,666 12.3
59 KENOSHA            128,181            149,577                             21,396 16.7
61 KEWAUNEE              18,878              20,187                               1,309 6.9
63 LA CROSSE              97,904            107,120                               9,216 9.4
65 LAFAYETTE              16,074              16,137                                   63 0.4
67 LANGLADE              19,505              20,740                               1,235 6.3
69 LINCOLN              26,993              29,641                               2,648 9.8
71 MANITOWOC              80,421              82,887                               2,466 3.1
73 MARATHON            115,400            125,834                             10,434 9.0
75 MARINETTE              40,548              43,384                               2,836 7.0
77 MARQUETTE              12,321              15,832                               3,511 28.5
78 MENOMINEE                3,890                4,562                                  672 17.3
79 MILWAUKEE            959,275            940,164                            (19,111) -2.0
81 MONROE              36,633              40,899                               4,266 11.6
83 OCONTO              30,226              35,634                               5,408 17.9
85 ONEIDA              31,679              36,776                               5,097 16.1
87 OUTAGAMIE            140,510            160,971                             20,461 14.6
89 OZAUKEE              72,831              82,317                               9,486 13.0
91 PEPIN                7,107                7,213                                  106 1.5
93 PIERCE              32,765              36,804                               4,039 12.3
95 POLK              34,773              41,319                               6,546 18.8
97 PORTAGE              61,405              67,182                               5,777 9.4
99 PRICE              15,600              15,822                                  222 1.4
101 RACINE            175,034            188,831                             13,797 7.9
103 RICHLAND              17,521              17,924                                  403 2.3
105 ROCK            139,510            152,307                             12,797 9.2
107 RUSK              15,079              15,347                                  268 1.8
109 ST. CROIX              50,251              63,155                             12,904 25.7
111 SAUK              46,975              55,225                               8,250 17.6
113 SAWYER              14,181              16,196                               2,015 14.2
115 SHAWANO              37,157              40,664                               3,507 9.4
117 SHEBOYGAN            103,877            112,646                               8,769 8.4
119 TAYLOR              18,901              19,680                                  779 4.1
121 TREMPEALEAU              25,263              27,010                               1,747 6.9
123 VERNON              25,617              28,056                               2,439 9.5
125 VILAS              17,707              21,033                               3,326 18.8
127 WALWORTH              75,000              93,759                             18,759 25.0
129 WASHBURN              13,772              16,036                               2,264 16.4
131 WASHINGTON              95,328            117,493                             22,165 23.3
133 WAUKESHA            304,715            360,767                             56,052 18.4
135 WAUPACA              46,104              51,731                               5,627 12.2
137 WAUSHARA              19,385              23,154                               3,769 19.4
139 WINNEBAGO            140,320            156,763                             16,443 11.7
141 WOOD              73,605              75,555                               1,950 2.6
  TOTAL         4,891,769         5,363,675                           471,906                                          9.6

Note: Coastal counties listed in bold.


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Last modified by David Hart on July 9, 2001.