Bell Center, Wisconsin

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Population in 2014: 115 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.9%
 
Males: 64  (55.8%)
Females: 51  (44.2%)
Median resident age:  50.7 years
Wisconsin median age:  39.4 years

Zip code: 54631

Estimated median household income in 2016: $35,890 (it was $39,167 in 2000)
Bell Center:

$35,890
WI:

$56,811

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $29,838 (it was $23,177 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $76,955 (it was $67,000 in 2000)
Bell Center:

$76,955
WI:

$173,200

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $109,651; Detached houses: $132,869; Mobile homes: $48,733

Median gross rent in 2016: $562.

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    • 11598.3%White alone
    • 10.9%Black alone
    • 10.9%Two or more races
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bell Center: 87.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Norwegian (28.6%), American (9.5%), German (9.5%), Scandinavian (4.8%), Dutch (2.4%), Finnish (2.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1901

Elevation: 720 feet

Land area: 5.53 square miles.

Population density: 21 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Bell Center:

  • High school or higher: 86.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.6%
  • Unemployed: 7.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bell Center village:

  • Never married: 26.2%
  • Now married: 57.2%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 3.8%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,503 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $748 (1.3%)

Bell Center satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: La Crosse, WI (41.3 miles , pop. 51,818).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (74.0 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (189.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Gays Mills, WI (1.4 miles ), Haney, WI (1.7 miles ), Mount Sterling, WI (2.3 miles ), Soldiers Grove, WI (2.8 miles ), Steuben, WI (2.8 miles) , Marietta, WI (3.1 miles ), Akan, WI (3.3 miles ), Readstown, WI (3.4 miles ).

Latitude: 43.29 N, Longitude: 90.83 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 608

Bell Center household income distribution Bell Center home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.2%
Wisconsin:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -11 (-8.7%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (37%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (3%)
  • Manufacturing (29%)
  • Educational services (25%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Health care and social assistance (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (20%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (29%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (25%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (4%)

Average climate in Bell Center, Wisconsin

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Tornado activity:

Bell Center-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Wisconsin state average. It is 42% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/30/1954, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 18.8 miles away from the Bell Center village center .

On 4/11/1965, a category F4 tornado 20.0 miles away from the village center killed one person and injured 3 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bell Center-area historical earthquake activity is above Wisconsin state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 368.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 160.6 miles away from Bell Center center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 345.2 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 305.1 miles away from the city center
On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 129.9 miles away from Bell Center center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 367.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Crawford County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 16, Storms: 14, Tornadoes: 7, Mudslides: 2, Winds: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Bell Center:

  • BOSCOBEL CARE AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; BOSCOBEL, WI)
  • BOSCOBEL AREA HEALTH CARE Critical Access Hospitals (about 13 miles away; BOSCOBEL, WI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bell Center:

  • Viterbo University (about 41 miles; La Crosse, WI; Full-time enrollment: 2,848)
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (about 42 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 9,837)
  • Western Technical College (about 42 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 3,377)
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (about 43 miles; Platteville, WI; FT enrollment: 7,679)
  • Luther College (about 50 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,700)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 53 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 3,365)
  • Upper Iowa University (about 59 miles; Fayette, IA; FT enrollment: 5,275)

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Cemetery: Bell Center Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Sand Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Bell Center: Kickapoo River State Wildlife Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Crawford County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 10.6%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This village:  2.6 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  73.3%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  6.7%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 2.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.4
Wisconsin average:

10.4

Bell Center travel time to work - commute Bell Center mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Bell Center village (based on Crawford County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic5,1507
Mainline Protestant2,82919
Evangelical Protestant1,16910
Other2372
None7,259-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Crawford County:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.59 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Crawford County:

0.59 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Crawford County:

5.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 17
Here:

10.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.8%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Crawford County:

26.6%
Wisconsin:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.3%
State:

13.0%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$100
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$199
Totals for Government 0$0 6$839

Bell Center government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $32,000 ($278.26)
    Solid Waste Management: $6,000 ($52.17)
    Fire Protection: $4,000 ($34.78)
    Central Staff Services: $4,000 ($34.78)
    General Public Buildings: $3,000 ($26.09)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($17.39)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($17.39)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $4,000 ($34.78)

Bell Center government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Regular Highways: $1,000 ($8.70)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $3,000 ($26.09)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $17,000 ($147.83)
    General Support: $15,000 ($130.43)
    All Other: $8,000 ($69.57)

Bell Center government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $72,000 ($626.09)

5.45% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,128 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.45%
Wisconsin average:

5.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Grant County, WI  0.82% ($30,981 average AGI)
from Vernon County, WI  0.50% ($25,545)
from La Crosse County, WI  0.49% ($24,531)


5.55% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,085 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.55%
Wisconsin average:

5.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Grant County, WI  0.76% ($26,740 average AGI)
to La Crosse County, WI  0.56% ($23,216)
to Vernon County, WI  0.55% ($32,472)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bell Center:

  • WKTY (580 AM; 5 kW; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WVRQ (1360 AM; 1 kW; VIROQUA, WI; Owner: ROBINSON CORPORATION)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WIZM (1410 AM; 5 kW; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bell Center:

  • WQPC (94.3 FM; PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI; Owner: ROBINSON CORPORATION)
  • WIZM-FM (93.3 FM; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)
  • WVRQ-FM (102.3 FM; VIROQUA, WI; Owner: ROBINSON CORPORATION)
  • WVCX (98.9 FM; TOMAH, WI; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)
  • KQEG (102.7 FM; LA CRESCENT, MN; Owner: WHITE EAGLE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHHI (91.3 FM; HIGHLAND, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WHLA (90.3 FM; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • KNEI-FM (103.5 FM; WAUKON, IA; Owner: WENNES COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Bell Center:

  • WDLS-LP (Channel 35; TOMAH, WI; Owner: MAGNUM RADIO, INC.)
  • K41AD (Channel 41; LANSING, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • WXOW-TV (Channel 19; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: WXOW-WQOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W22CI (Channel 22; BLOOMINGTON, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)

Bell Center fatal accident list:

Jun 3, 1998 02:35 PM, 2nd St, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 4m13ftTotal length
  • $368,000Total costs
  • 810Total average daily traffic
  • 1,130Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • BELL CENTER WI, Elec Substation On Hwy 131 .5 Mi S (Lat: 43.288889 Lon: -90.824167), Type: Pole, Structure height: 12.2 m, Call Sign: WPRR536
    Assigned Frequencies: 6871.25 MHzGrant Date: 01/18/2011, Expiration Date: 12/27/2020, Certifier: Kerry R GroetschRegistrant: Mona Lee & Associates, 3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 1200, Pmb 165, Houston, TX 77098, Phone: (832) 850-7646, Email:
  • STATION, Electrical Substation On Hwy 131 1/2 Mi S Of (Lat: 43.287472 Lon: -90.824556), Overall height: 12.2 m, Call Sign: WEG347
    Assigned Frequencies: 1905.00 MHzGrant Date: 04/20/2000, Expiration Date: 04/19/2010, Cancellation Date: 06/21/2001Registrant: Phone: (608) 788-4000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (54%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21%)
  • Electricity (11%)
  • Wood (11%)

Bell Center compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
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