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Time Zone: Washburn County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Shell Lake is the Seat for Washburn County.

Washburn County was founded in 1883 and was created by taking area from BurnettCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Washburn had a population of 16,666 people. This is an increase of 3.93% since the last Census (which gave a population of 16,036 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Washburn represented 0.3% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 61st most populous county (out of 72 counties).

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
201015,911-0.78%-4.53% since 2009
200916,666+3.93%+0.31% since 2008
200816,615+3.61%+0.24% since 2007
200716,576+3.37% 
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200016,036The Last Census

More information can be found on the Washburn County Census Page for Washburn County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Washburn County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Washburn County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Spooner   2,5252,6534.82% decrease  
Shell Lake   1,3141,3090.38% increase  
Bashaw   1,18292128.34% increase  
Evergreen   1,0811,0760.46% increase  
Trego   1,00588513.56% increase  

Websites for Washburn County

Official Website:   www.co.washburn.wi.us/

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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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