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The 2000 Census showed that Bayfield County had a population of 15,013 people. This represented 0.28% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 66th most populous county (out of 72 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Bayfield had a population of 14,789 people. This is a decrease of 1.49% 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
200914,789-1.49%-0.81% since 2008
200814,910-0.69%-0.74% since 2007
200514,980-0.22%-0.27% since 2004
200215,063+0.33%+0.1% since 2001
200115,048+0.23%+0.23% since 2000
200015,013The Last Census

Bayfield County had 11,640 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Bayfield County has a total area<3> of 2,041 square miles [5,287 km²]. Of this total, 1,476 square miles [3,823 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (27.69%) being water (565 square miles [1,464 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Bayfield County had a population density of 10.17 people per square mile [3.93 people/km²], making it the state's 70th 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 Bayfield County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Bayfield and the state of Wisconsin.

Click here for the Bayfield County QuickFact (QF-55007).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AshlandQF-55003   SE16,18116,866-4.06%
DouglasQF-55031   W44,27443,2872.28%
SawyerQF-55113   S16,93916,1964.59%
WashburnQF-55129   SW16,66616,0363.93%

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 Bayfield. 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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