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The 2000 Census showed that Ashland County had a population of 16,866 people. This represented 0.31% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 58th most populous county (out of 72 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Ashland had a population of 16,181 people. This is a decrease of 4.06% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201016,157-4.2%-0.15% since 2009
200916,181-4.06%-0.22% since 2008
200816,217-3.85%-0.16% since 2007
200716,243-3.69%-1.24% since 2006
200516,445-2.5%-0.84% since 2004
200416,584-1.67%-0.59% since 2003
200316,682-1.09%-0.66% since 2002
200216,793-0.43%-0.11% since 2001
200116,812-0.32%-0.32% since 2000
200016,866The Last Census

Ashland County had 8,883 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Ashland County has a total area<3> of 2,293 square miles [5,940 km²]. Of this total, 1,043 square miles [2,703 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (54.5%) being water (1,249 square miles [3,237 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Ashland County had a population density of 16.16 people per square mile [6.24 people/km²], making it the state's 65th most densely populated county (out of 72 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Ashland County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Ashland and the state of Wisconsin.

Click here for the Ashland County QuickFact (QF-55003).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Ashland County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Ashland County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BayfieldQF-55007   NW14,78915,013-1.49%
IronQF-55051   E6,0786,861-11.41%
PriceQF-55099   S14,21415,822-10.16%
SawyerQF-55113   SW16,93916,1964.59%

Lake Superior lies to the north.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Ashland. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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