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The 2000 Census showed that Dane County had a population of 426,526 people. This represented 7.95% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 72 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Dane had a population of 491,357 people. This is an increase of 15.2% 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.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010488,073+14.43%-0.67% since 2009
2009491,357+15.2%+1.67% since 2008
2008483,298+13.31%+1.48% since 2007
2007476,261+11.66%+1.6% since 2006
2006468,750+9.9%+1.41% since 2005
2005462,237+8.37%+1.35% since 2004
2004456,058+6.92%+1.43% since 2003
2003449,644+5.42%+1.4% since 2002
2002443,430+3.96%+1.73% since 2001
2001435,880+2.19%+2.19% since 2000
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2000426,526The Last Census

Dane County had 180,398 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Dane County has a total area<3> of 1,238 square miles [3,207 km²]. Of this total, 1,201 square miles [3,112 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.94%) being water (36.42 square miles [94.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Dane County had a population density of 354.9 people per square mile [137 people/km²], making it the state's 8th 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 Dane County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Dane and the state of Wisconsin.

Click here for the Dane County QuickFact (QF-55025).

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

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population
MadisonQF-5548000235,419208,05413.15%
Sun PrairieQF-557860029,10520,36942.89%
FitchburgQF-552595024,14120,50117.76%
MiddletonQF-555157517,28115,7709.58%
StoughtonQF-557767513,11812,3546.18%
WaunakeeQF-558435011,6238,99529.22%
VeronaQF-558260011,2287,05259.22%
OregonQF-55602009,4927,51426.32%
DeForestQF-55193509,0747,36823.15%
MononaQF-55536758,5328,0186.41%
McFarlandQF-55468507,8826,41622.85%
Mount HorebQF-55547256,9985,86019.42%
WindsorQF-55877506,4725,28622.44%
MadisonQF-55480256,0657,005-13.42%
DunnQF-55211255,2365,270-0.65%

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

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
ColumbiaQF-55021   N55,17052,4685.15%
DodgeQF-55027   NE87,33585,8971.67%
GreenQF-55045   S36,11033,6477.32%
IowaQF-55049   W23,49822,7803.15%
JeffersonQF-55055   E80,83374,0219.2%
RockQF-55105   SE160,155152,3075.15%
SaukQF-55111   NW58,92255,2256.69%

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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 Dane. 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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