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The 2000 Census showed that Shawano County had a population of 40,664 people. This represented 0.76% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 34th most populous county (out of 72 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Shawano had a population of 41,166 people. This is an increase of 1.23% 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
201041,949+3.16%+1.9% since 2009
200941,166+1.23%+0.1% since 2008
200741,115+1.11%+0.25% since 2006
200641,013+0.86%+0.24% since 2005
200540,913+0.61%+0.13% since 2004
200440,861+0.48%+0.28% since 2003
200340,747+0.2%-0.1% since 2002
200140,762+0.24%+0.24% since 2000
200040,664The Last Census

Shawano County had 18,317 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Shawano County has a total area<3> of 909 square miles [2,355 km²]. Of this total, 892 square miles [2,311 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.85%) being water (16.82 square miles [43.57 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Shawano County had a population density of 45.56 people per square mile [17.59 people/km²], making it the state's 36th 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 Shawano County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Shawano and the state of Wisconsin.

Click here for the Shawano County QuickFact (QF-55115).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BrownQF-55009   SE247,319226,7789.06%
LangladeQF-55067   NW20,00820,740-3.53%
MarathonQF-55073   W131,612125,8344.59%
MenomineeQF-55078   NE4,5134,562-1.07%
OcontoQF-55083   NE37,14935,6344.25%
OutagamieQF-55087   SE177,155160,97110.05%
PortageQF-55097   SW69,17667,1822.97%
WaupacaQF-55135   S51,66551,731-0.13%

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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 Shawano. 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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