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The 2000 Census showed that Iron County had a population of 6,861 people. This represented 0.13% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 70th most populous county (out of 72 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Iron had a population of 6,078 people. This is a decrease of 11.41% 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
20105,916-13.77%-2.67% since 2009
20096,078-11.41%-2.03% since 2008
20086,204-9.58%-0.96% since 2007
20076,264-8.7%-0.76% since 2006
20066,312-8%-2.55% since 2005
20056,477-5.6%-1.42% since 2004
20046,570-4.24%-1.17% since 2003
20036,648-3.1%-1.41% since 2002
20026,743-1.72%-0.78% since 2001
20016,796-0.95%-0.95% since 2000
20006,861The Last Census

Iron County had 5,706 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Iron County has a total area<3> of 919 square miles [2,380 km²]. Of this total, 757 square miles [1,961 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (17.62%) being water (162 square miles [419.6 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Iron County had a population density of 9.06 people per square mile [3.5 people/km²], making it the state's 71st 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 Iron County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Iron and the state of Wisconsin.

Click here for the Iron County QuickFact (QF-55051).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Gogebic (MI)QF-26053   NE15,93617,370-8.26%
AshlandQF-55003   W16,18116,866-4.06%
PriceQF-55099   S14,21415,822-10.16%
VilasQF-55125   SE21,49621,0332.2%

Lake Superior lies to the northwest.

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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 Iron. 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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