Big Falls, Wisconsin

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Population in 2013: 61 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -28.2%
Males: 44  (72.2%)
Females: 17  (27.8%)
Median resident age:  57.1 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip code: 54486

Estimated median household income in 2012: $21,527 (it was $31,806 in 2000)
Big Falls:

$21,527
WI:

$51,059
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $14,939 (it was $16,510 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $111,241 (it was $49,300 in 2000)
Big Falls:

$111,241
WI:

$165,200
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $119,605; Detached houses: $119,605

Median gross rent in 2012: $758.

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  • White alone - 60 (98.4%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (1.6%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Big Falls: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (43.4%), Norwegian (11.6%), Polish (9.6%), English (2.0%), Greek (2.0%), Scotch-Irish (2.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1925

Elevation: 900 feet

Land area: 0.48 square miles.

Population density: 126 people per square mile   (very low).

For population 25 years and over in Big Falls:

  • High school or higher: 83.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.5%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 37.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Big Falls village:

  • Never married: 37.3%
  • Now married: 27.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 9.2%
  • Divorced: 25.6%



According to our research of Wisconsin and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Big Falls, Wisconsin as of February 26, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Big Falls to the number of sex offenders is 118 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,703 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,077 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Appleton, WI (39.1 miles , pop. 70,087).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (108.5 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (203.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Dupont, WI (2.3 miles ), Helvetia, WI (2.3 miles ), Marion, WI (2.7 miles ), Fairbanks, WI (2.8 miles ), Tigerton, WI (2.9 miles ), Caroline, WI (3.1 miles ), Iola, WI (3.1 miles ), Germania, WI (3.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $149,000

Latitude: 44.62 N, Longitude: 89.02 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 715

Big Falls household income distribution Big Falls home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.2%
Wisconsin:

6.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +10 (+13.3%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (87%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Retail trade (0%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (100%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Retail trade (0%)

Average climate in Big Falls, Wisconsin

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Big Falls-area historical tornado activity is near Wisconsin state average. It is 15% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/26/1951, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.6 miles away from the Big Falls village center killed 6 people and injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/27/1984, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 7.9 miles away from the village center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Big Falls-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 218.6 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 350.1 miles away from Big Falls center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 368.3 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 201.6 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 448.1 miles away from Big Falls center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 486.2 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 Waupaca County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Big Falls topographic map

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Big Falls: Orville Emil Bloch.

Hospitals and medical centers near Big Falls:

  • MANAWA COM NUR CTR (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; MANAWA, WI)
  • BEHLING MEMORIAL HOME INC (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; CLINTONVILLE, WI)
  • CLINTONVILLE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 13 miles away; CLINTONVILLE, WI)
  • PINE MANOR HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; CLINTONVILLE, WI)
  • HOMME HOME FOR THE AGING (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; WITTENBERG, WI)

Amtrak stations near Big Falls:

  • 8 miles: MARION (U.S. HWY 45) - Bus Station
  • 9 miles: TIGERTON (U.S. HWY 45 & HWY M) - Bus Station
  • 13 miles: CLINTONVILLE (20 S. MAIN ST.) - Bus Station

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Falls:

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 28 miles; Stevens Point, WI; Full-time enrollment: 9,089)
  • Fox Valley Technical College (about 37 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 5,682)
  • Lawrence University (about 40 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 2,821)
  • Northcentral Technical College (about 40 miles; Wausau, WI; FT enrollment: 3,356)
  • Mid-State Technical College (about 41 miles; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; FT enrollment: 2,128)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (about 46 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 6,069)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (about 48 miles; Oshkosh, WI; FT enrollment: 10,637)

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Reservoir: Big Falls Pond 160 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Waupaca 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 2012: 47.0%
Average household size:
This village:  1.7 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  45.7%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  2.9%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 2.9% of all households

Big Falls compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Big Falls travel time to work - commute Big Falls mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (84%)
  • Other fuel (9%)
  • Wood (5%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Big Falls village (based on Waupaca County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 75.86%
Here: 75.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist Church
Adherents30.9%25.6%16.3%13.0%5.4%
Congregations9.7%20.8%8.3%13.9%11.1%
NameAssemblies of GodUnited Church of ChristEvangelical Free Church of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents2.4%1.7%1.2%0.8%2.7%
Congregations4.2%4.2%2.8%1.4%23.6%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
Waupaca County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 33
Waupaca County:

6.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 50
Here:

9.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.9%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Waupaca County:

27.6%
Wisconsin:

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

11.4%
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$425
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$724
Totals for Government 0$0 4$1,149

Big Falls government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Health - Other: $1,000 ($16.39)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($16.39)
  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $8,000 ($131.15)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($81.97)
    General - Other: $3,000 ($49.18)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($49.18)
    General Public Buildings: $3,000 ($49.18)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($32.79)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($16.39)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($16.39)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,000 ($32.79)

Big Falls government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($81.97)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($32.79)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,000 ($32.79)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $28,000 ($459.02)
    Highways: $2,000 ($32.79)
    All Other: $2,000 ($32.79)
  • Tax - Property: $11,000 ($180.33)
    NEC: $1,000 ($16.39)

Big Falls government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $92,000 ($1508.20)

4.96% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,682 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.96%
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 Outagamie County, WI  1.15% ($34,154 average AGI)
from Winnebago County, WI  0.63% ($36,432)
from Portage County, WI  0.38% ($38,675)


4.82% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,017 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.82%
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 Outagamie County, WI  1.02% ($34,742 average AGI)
to Winnebago County, WI  0.58% ($34,000)
to Portage County, WI  0.39% ($31,889)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Falls:

  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WDUX (800 AM; 5 kW; WAUPACA, WI; Owner: LAIRD BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WFCL (1380 AM; 4 kW; CLINTONVILLE, WI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHBY (1150 AM; 25 kW; KIMBERLY, WI; Owner: WOODWARD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WRIG (1390 AM; 10 kW; SCHOFIELD, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WTAQ (1360 AM; 10 kW; GREEN BAY, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTCH (960 AM; 1 kW; SHAWANO, WI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING OF SHAWANO, INC.)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WFHR (1320 AM; 5 kW; WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI; Owner: WISCONSIN RAPIDS BROADCASTING, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Falls:

  • WJMQ (92.3 FM; CLINTONVILLE, WI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WYCO (107.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: SEEHAFER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WHRM (90.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WAPL-FM (105.7 FM; APPLETON, WI; Owner: WOODWARD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WIFC (95.5 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WDEZ (101.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: W R I G, INC.)
  • WOZZ (93.5 FM; NEW LONDON, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WRVM (102.7 FM; SURING, WI; Owner: WRVM, INC.)
  • WLBL-FM (91.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WXPW (91.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WHITE PINE COMMUNITY BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WDUX-FM (92.7 FM; WAUPACA, WI; Owner: LAIRD BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Big Falls:

  • W66DC (Channel 66; WAUPACA, WI; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W24BV (Channel 24; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WIWB (Channel 14; SURING, WI; Owner: ACME TV LICENSES OF WISCONSIN, LLC)
  • WFXS (Channel 55; WITTENBERG, WI; Owner: DAVIS TELEVISION WAUSAU, LLC)
  • W60CI (Channel 60; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W16AY (Channel 16; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W18CS (Channel 18; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W40BC (Channel 40; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W62DA (Channel 62; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W04CW (Channel 4; TIGERTON, ETC., WI; Owner: CENTRAL AUTOMATIC MACHINING, INC.)
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 2 meters (7ft)
Total average daily traffic: 528
Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic: 550

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • James W Lienau, Highway G And Ankien Road (Lat: 44.618722 Lon: -89.013361), Type: 97.5, Overall height: 91.4 m
    Registrant: 2027750070, Welchlaw@earthlink.Net, 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE., NW #113
  • James W Lienau, Highway G And Ankien Road (Lat: 44.618722 Lon: -89.013361), Type: 97.5, Overall height: 91.4 m
    Registrant: 2027750070, Welchlaw@earthlink.Net, 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE., NW #113

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