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The 2000 Census showed that Washburn County had a population of 16,036 people. This represented 0.3% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 61st most populous county (out of 72 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Washburn had a population of 16,666 people. This is an increase of 3.93% 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
201015,911-0.78%-4.53% since 2009
200916,666+3.93%+0.31% since 2008
200816,615+3.61%+0.24% since 2007
200616,565+3.3%+0.45% since 2005
200516,490+2.83%+0.19% since 2004
200416,458+2.63%+0.37% since 2003
200316,397+2.25%+0.14% since 2002
200216,374+2.11%+1.09% since 2001
200116,198+1.01%+1.01% since 2000
200016,036The Last Census

Washburn County had 10,814 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Washburn County has a total area<3> of 853 square miles [2,209 km²]. Of this total, 809 square miles [2,097 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (5.08%) being water (43.37 square miles [112.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Washburn County had a population density of 19.81 people per square mile [7.65 people/km²], making it the state's 61st 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 Washburn County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Washburn and the state of Wisconsin.

Click here for the Washburn County QuickFact (QF-55129).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BarronQF-55005   S45,59144,9631.4%
BayfieldQF-55007   NE14,78915,013-1.49%
BurnettQF-55013   W15,88415,6741.34%
DouglasQF-55031   N44,27443,2872.28%
RuskQF-55107   SE14,36715,347-6.39%
SawyerQF-55113   E16,93916,1964.59%

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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 Washburn. 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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