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Population in 2012: 428 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.2%
 

Males: 225  (52.7%)
Females: 203  (47.3%)

Median resident age:  42.1 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 53518.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $39,470 (it was $34,250 in 2000)
Blue River:

$39,470
WI:

$51,059
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,259

Blue River village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $81,427 (it was $60,700 in 2000)
Blue River:

$81,427
WI:

$165,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $91,662; Detached houses: $96,883; Mobile homes: $57,727

Median gross rent in 2012: $539.

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  • White alone - 416 (95.9%)
  • Hispanic - 8 (1.8%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (0.9%)
  • Black alone - 3 (0.7%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (0.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.2%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Blue River: 88.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (30.4%), Irish (18.7%), English (14.3%), Norwegian (9.1%), Czech (3.3%), Dutch (2.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1916

Elevation: 676 feet

Land area: 0.74 square miles.

Population density: 576 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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For population 25 years and over in Blue River:

  • High school or higher: 87.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.9%
  • Unemployed: 9.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Blue River village:

  • Never married: 29.2%
  • Now married: 49.1%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 8.6%
  • Divorced: 12.9%

15 residents are foreign born (2.4% Europe).

This village:  3.3%
Wisconsin:  4.8%



According to our research of Wisconsin and other state lists there were 9 registered sex offenders living in Blue River, Wisconsin as of October 25, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Blue River to the number of sex offenders is 48 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,481 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,403 (1.7%)

Blue River satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Dubuque, IA (47.6 miles , pop. 57,686).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (59.8 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (174.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Watterstown, WI (1.4 miles ), Richwood, WI (2.2 miles ), Muscoda, WI (2.6 miles ), Boscobel, WI (2.8 miles ), Hickory Grove, WI (2.9 miles ), Castle Rock, WI (2.9 miles ), Akan, WI (3.2 miles ), Boaz, WI (3.2 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $31,000
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 3 buildings, average cost: $96,000
  • 2000: 3 buildings, average cost: $152,700
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $95,000
  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $85,000
  • 2004: 2 buildings, average cost: $103,300
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $121,000
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $92,300
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $85,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 43.19 N, Longitude: 90.57 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Heart of the Lower Wisconsin River

Area code: 608

Blue River household income distribution Blue River home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.1%
Wisconsin:

6.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +8 (+1.9%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (31%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (12%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Information (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Food processing workers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (8%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Personal appearance workers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

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Average climate in Blue River, Wisconsin

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Tornado activity:

Blue River-area historical tornado activity is above Wisconsin state average. It is 122% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/11/1965, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 5.2 miles away from the Blue River village center killed one person and injured 3 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/7/1984, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 33.4 miles away from the village center killed 9 people and injured 200 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Grant County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 11, Tornadoes: 7, Winds: 2, Floods: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Doug Adams (baseball) - Baseball player.


Hospitals/medical centers near Blue River:

  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER-RIVERDALE (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MUSCODA, WI)
  • BOSCOBEL AREA HEALTH CARE (Hospital, Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 8 miles away; BOSCOBEL, WI)
  • BOSCOBEL CARE AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; BOSCOBEL, WI)

Political contributions by individuals in Blue River, WI

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Blue River:

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (about 32 miles; Platteville, WI; Full-time enrollment: 6,352)
  • Viterbo University (about 55 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 2,076)
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (about 55 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 8,660)
  • Western Technical College (about 56 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 2,278)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (about 60 miles; Madison, WI; FT enrollment: 37,050)
  • University of Wisconsin Colleges (about 60 miles; Madison, WI; FT enrollment: 8,846)
  • Luther College (about 63 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,470)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Madison, WI TV stations are the most seen in Blue River. Channel 3,15,21,27,47.

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Notable locations in Blue River: Blue River Wastewater Treatment Facility (A), Blue River Fire and Rescue (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Blue River Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Grant County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Blue River and their reported violations in the past:

BLUE RIVER WATERWORKS (Population served: 459, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-08-2001), St Public Notif requested (AUG-08-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-08-2001), St Public Notif received (SEP-06-2001)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Blue River that have no violations reported:

  • PORT, THE (Population served: 41, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 14.9%
(13.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Average household size:
This village:  2.3 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  58.9%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  10.4%
Whole state:  7.3%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Blue River, WI

Blue River compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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Banks with branches in Blue River (2011 data):

  • Community First Bank: Blue River Branch at 209 Exchange Street, branch established on 1945/11/19. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $217.6 mil, Deposits: $181.6 mil, headquarters in Boscobel, WI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: Boscobel Bancorp, Inc.

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School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Blue River travel time to work - commute


Blue River mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (58%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Wood (10%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Blue River village (based on Grant County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 79.86%
Here79.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristNew Testament Association Independent Baptist Churches/Other Fundamental Baptists
Adherents70.5%9.4%9.1%2.1%1.0%
Congregations21.1%10.5%18.9%6.3%3.2%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Evangelical Free Church of AmericaNational Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesOld Order AmishOther
Adherents0.8%0.8%0.8%0.7%4.8%
Congregations3.2%2.1%3.2%4.2%27.4%
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: 12
Grant County:

2.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 26
Grant County:

5.29 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 49
This county:

9.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Grant County:

7.7%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Grant County:

27.8%
State:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.4%
State:

13.0%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 2$2,334
Streets and Highways 2$5,878$35,2680$0
Totals for Government 2$5,878$35,2682$2,334

Blue River government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $69,000 ($161.21)
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $70,000 ($163.55)
    Regular Highways: $68,000 ($158.88)
    Water Utilities: $52,000 ($121.50)
    Fire Protection: $37,000 ($86.45)
    Central Staff Services: $22,000 ($51.40)
    Solid Waste Management: $20,000 ($46.73)
    Parks & Recreation: $14,000 ($32.71)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($32.71)
    General Public Buildings: $10,000 ($23.36)
    Housing & Community Development: $7,000 ($16.36)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($11.68)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,000 ($11.68)
    Health Services - Other: $4,000 ($9.35)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $17,000 ($39.72)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Regular Highways: $2,000 ($4.67)
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $3,000 ($7.01)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $11,000 ($25.70)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $100,000 ($233.64)

Blue River government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $72,000 ($168.22)
    All Other: $5,000 ($11.68)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($4.67)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $42,000 ($98.13)
    Interest Earnings: $29,000 ($67.76)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $37,000 ($86.45)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $162,000 ($378.50)
    Highways: $14,000 ($32.71)
    All Other: $5,000 ($11.68)
  • Tax - Property: $79,000 ($184.58)
    NEC: $3,000 ($7.01)

Blue River government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Industrial Revenue: $194,000 ($453.27)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $62,000 ($144.86)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $54,000 ($126.17)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $181,000 ($422.90)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $13,000 ($30.37)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $8,000 ($18.69)

Blue River government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $484,000 ($1130.84)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $211,000 ($492.99)

5.30% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,617 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.30%
Wisconsin average:

6.06%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Iowa County, WI  0.49% ($33,396 average AGI)
from Dane County, WI  0.47% ($30,379)
from Lafayette County, WI  0.42% ($37,282)


6.40% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($40,116 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.40%
Wisconsin average:

6.22%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dane County, WI  0.98% ($97,317 average AGI)
to Dubuque County, IA  0.51% ($31,760)
to Iowa County, WI  0.44% ($27,841)

Strongest AM radio stations in Blue River:

  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WRCO (1450 AM; 1 kW; RICHLAND CENTER, WI; Owner: FRUIT BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WKTY (580 AM; 5 kW; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WTSO (1070 AM; 10 kW; MADISON, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WLMV (1480 AM; 10 kW; MADISON, WI; Owner: MID-WEST MANAGEMENT, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Blue River:

  • WHHI (91.3 FM; HIGHLAND, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WJTY (88.1 FM; LANCASTER, WI; Owner: JOY PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WOLX-FM (94.9 FM; BARABOO, WI; Owner: ENTERCOM MADISON LICENSE, LLC.)
  • WRCO-FM (100.9 FM; RICHLAND CENTER, WI; Owner: FRUIT BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WGLR-FM (97.7 FM; LANCASTER, WI; Owner: QUEENB RADIO WISCONSIN, INC.)
  • WQPC (94.3 FM; PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI; Owner: ROBINSON CORPORATION)
  • WDMP-FM (99.3 FM; DODGEVILLE, WI; Owner: DODGE POINT BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Blue River:

  • WDLS-LP (Channel 35; TOMAH, WI; Owner: MAGNUM RADIO, INC.)
  • WMSN-TV (Channel 47; MADISON, WI; Owner: WMSN LICENSEE, LLC)
  • W22CI (Channel 22; BLOOMINGTON, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)


FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 4 Miles Wnw Of Blue River, Wisconsin (Lat: 43.208306 Lon: -90.644556), Call Sign: KWU285
    Assigned Frequencies: 454.375 MHz, 454.375 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/24/2008, Expiration Date: 07/01/2018
    Registrant: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP, 2121 L Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: (202) 659-0830, Fax: (202) 828-5568

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: K0MTN, Licensee ID: L00181641
    Grant Date: 12/07/1999, Expiration Date: 02/06/2010, Cancellation Date: 02/07/2012
    Registrant: Keith F Johnson, 3274 Hwy 133, Blue River, WI 53518
  • Call Sign: WB9CTK, Licensee ID: L00825446
    Grant Date: 04/27/2004, Expiration Date: 07/14/2014, Certifier: Kim E Anderson
    Registrant: Kim E Anderson, 407 N East St, Blue River, WI 53518
  • Call Sign: KC9WAN, Licensee ID: L01710651
    Grant Date: 05/16/2012, Expiration Date: 05/16/2022, Certifier: Michael R Houle
    Registrant: Michael R Houle, 12346 Echo Glen Rd, Blue River, WI 53518

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 150H (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-200 SERIES (100 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6608S , Serial Number: 15067408, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 10/01/1967
    Registrant (Individual): Dennis R Chitwood, 40451 Quints Dr, Blue River, WI 53518
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172F (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-300 SER (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7965U , Serial Number: 17251965, Year manufactured: 1964, Airworthiness Date: 10/02/1964
    Registrant (Individual): Dennis R Chitwood, 40451 Quints Dr, Blue River, WI 53518
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 150G (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-200 SERIES (100 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 8626J , Serial Number: 15066526, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 04/08/1967
    Registrant (Individual): Richard L Grant, 15347 Richwood Estates Ln, Blue River, WI 53518


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1


Most common first names in Blue River, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1077.9 years
John780.6 years
Arthur774.6 years
Ruth678.4 years
Frank680.8 years
James673.7 years
Harold680.4 years
Alta580.6 years
Clifford580.2 years
Mary578.0 years
Most common last names in Blue River, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller886.7 years
Jones771.2 years
Hanson781.4 years
Lisney666.5 years
Anderson674.9 years
Studnicka583.6 years
Nelson571.2 years
Eng583.2 years
Carlson483.2 years
Olson485.5 years
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