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The 2000 Census showed that Vilas County had a population of 21,033 people. This represented 0.39% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 49th most populous county (out of 72 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Vilas had a population of 21,496 people. This is an increase of 2.2% 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.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201021,430+1.89%-0.31% since 2009
200921,496+2.2%-0.92% since 2008
200821,696+3.15%-1.2% since 2007
200721,960+4.41%-0.24% since 2006
200622,012+4.65%-0.25% since 2005
200522,067+4.92%+0.16% since 2004
200422,031+4.74%+0.31% since 2003
200321,963+4.42%+1.03% since 2002
200221,739+3.36%+1.35% since 2001
200121,449+1.98%+1.98% since 2000
200021,033The Last Census

Vilas County had 22,397 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Vilas County has a total area<3> of 1,017 square miles [2,636 km²]. Of this total, 873 square miles [2,262 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (14.16%) being water (144.1 square miles [373.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Vilas County had a population density of 24.07 people per square mile [9.29 people/km²], making it the state's 57th 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 Vilas County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Vilas and the state of Wisconsin.

Click here for the Vilas County QuickFact (QF-55125).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Gogebic (MI)QF-26053   NW15,93617,370-8.26%
Iron (MI)QF-26071   E11,63313,138-11.46%
ForestQF-55041   SE9,60510,024-4.18%
IronQF-55051   NW6,0786,861-11.41%
OneidaQF-55085   S35,93036,776-2.3%
PriceQF-55099   SW14,21415,822-10.16%

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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 Vilas. 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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