Chief Lake, Wisconsin

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Population in 2010: 583. Population change since 2000: -6.7%
Males: 292  (50.2%)
Females: 291  (49.8%)
Median resident age:  49.4 years
Wisconsin median age:  39.4 years

Zip codes: 54828, 54843, 54876.

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Estimated median household income in 2016: $46,163 (it was $33,125 in 2000)
Chief Lake:

$46,163
WI:

$56,811

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $19,785 (it was $12,486 in 2000)

Chief Lake CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $132,234 (it was $81,300 in 2000)
Chief Lake:

$132,234
WI:

$173,200

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $215,308; Detached houses: $220,918; Townhouses or other attached units: $211,617; In 2-unit structures: $247,296; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $233,292; Mobile homes: $89,337; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $14,568

Median gross rent in 2016: $575.

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  • Races in Chief Lake, WI (2010)

    Chief Lake races chart
    • 41370.8%American Indian alone
    • 11920.4%White alone
    • 345.8%Two or more races
    • 162.7%Hispanic
    • 10.2%Asian alone

Races in Chief Lake detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Chief Lake: 87.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Norwegian (6.7%), German (3.1%), English (1.7%), American (1.4%), Czechoslovakian (1.1%), Italian (1.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 21.1 square miles.

Population density: 28 people per square mile   (very low).

Chief Lake,WI real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Chief Lake:

  • High school or higher: 86.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Unemployed: 10.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Chief Lake CDP:

  • Never married: 38.0%
  • Now married: 36.8%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 11.6%
  • Divorced: 13.6%

2 residents are foreign born

This place:

0.3%
Wisconsin:

4.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,639 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,831 (1.8%)

Chief Lake satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Duluth, MN (71.3 miles , pop. 86,918).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (108.3 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (334.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Reserve, WI (1.8 miles ), Bass Lake, WI (2.1 miles ), Little Round Lake, WI (2.2 miles ), Sand Lake, WI (2.7 miles ), Couderay, WI (2.7 miles) , New Post, WI (2.8 miles ), Hunter, WI (2.9 miles ), Hayward, WI (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 45.90 N, Longitude: 91.34 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 715

Chief Lake household income distribution Chief Lake home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.6%
Wisconsin:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (30%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (38%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Retail trade (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Personal care and service occupations (20%)
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (15%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (15%)
  • Transportation occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (19%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Chief Lake: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Chief Lake, Wisconsin

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Chief Lake-area historical tornado activity is below Wisconsin state average. It is 42% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/30/1977, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 44.0 miles away from the Chief Lake place center injured 20 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/18/2001, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 30.8 miles away from the place center killed 2 people and injured 16 people and caused $10 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

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

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 227.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 239.5 miles away from Chief Lake center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 330.5 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 411.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 266.3 miles away from Chief Lake center
On 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 188.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sawyer County (7) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Winds: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Chief Lake:

  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER-VALLEY OF HAYWARD (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; HAYWARD, WI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chief Lake:

  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (about 30 miles; Shell Lake, WI; Full-time enrollment: 2,414)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (about 67 miles; Superior, WI; FT enrollment: 2,302)
  • Lake Superior College (about 73 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (about 73 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 10,612)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica (about 74 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,762)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (about 76 miles; Menomonie, WI; FT enrollment: 8,120)
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (about 77 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 10,143)

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Notable location: Lac Courte Oreilles Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Chief Lake: Saint Francis Solanus Mission (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes: Green Lake (A), Gurno Lake (B), Indian Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Sawyer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 12.7%
(23.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 8.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.7% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.9 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  69.8%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  16.6%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.0% of all households
2 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010
3 people in religious group quarters in 2000

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.2
Wisconsin average:

10.4

Chief Lake travel time to work - commute Chief Lake mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Chief Lake CDP (based on Sawyer County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,7476
Evangelical Protestant2,16218
Mainline Protestant1,56811
Other1362
None8,944-
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: 5
Sawyer County:

2.93 / 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): 2
Sawyer County:

1.17 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
Sawyer County:

9.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 47
Here:

27.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.2%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Sawyer County:

28.1%
Wisconsin:

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

15.2%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

46.6%
Wisconsin:

48.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Chief Lake:

44.7%
Wisconsin:

45.3%

Average BMI:
Chief Lake:

30.0
Wisconsin:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

23.1%
State:

21.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

13.8%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
Wisconsin:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

39.6%
Wisconsin:

33.9%

General health condition:
Here:

52.9%
Wisconsin:

55.5%

Average condition of hearing:
Chief Lake:

78.2%
State:

78.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of Chief Lake, WI Residents

5.25% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,661 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.25%
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 Washburn County, WI  0.29% ($28,150 average AGI)
from St. Croix County, WI  0.23% ($37,063)
from Eau Claire County, WI  0.22% ($27,400)


4.80% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,433 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.80%
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 Barron County, WI  0.33% ($34,391 average AGI)
to Washburn County, WI  0.32% ($27,591)
to Eau Claire County, WI  0.28% ($19,316)

Strongest AM radio stations in Chief Lake:

  • WHSM (910 AM; 5 kW; HAYWARD, WI; Owner: QB BROADCASTING, LTD.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WAQE (1090 AM; daytime; 5 kW; RICE LAKE, WI; Owner: TKC, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WDSM (710 AM; 10 kW; SUPERIOR, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WWJC (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; DULUTH, MN; Owner: WWJC, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WMEQ (880 AM; 10 kW; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chief Lake:

  • WOJB (88.9 FM; RESERVE, WI; Owner: LAC COURTE OREILLES OJIBWA PUBLIC)
  • WHSM-FM (101.1 FM; HAYWARD, WI; Owner: QB BROADCASTING, LTD.)
  • WRLS-FM (92.3 FM; HAYWARD, WI; Owner: VACATIONLAND BROADCASTER, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Chief Lake:

  • K31GH (Channel 31; HAYWARD, WI; Owner: KQDS ACQUISITION CORP.)
  • WLEF-TV (Channel 36; PARK FALLS, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (71%)
  • Wood (20%)
  • Electricity (5%)
  • Utility gas (2%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Chief Lake compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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