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Population in 2010: 1,407. Population change since 2000: -18.8%
 

Males: 718  (51.0%)
Females: 689  (49.0%)

Median resident age:  56.6 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 54547.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $38,237 (it was $31,413 in 2000)
Mercer:

$38,237
WI:

$51,059
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $24,533

Mercer town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $185,956 (it was $110,000 in 2000)
Mercer:

$185,956
WI:

$165,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $249,988; Detached houses: $262,220; Townhouses or other attached units: $166,582; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $613,724; Mobile homes: $114,572
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  • White alone - 1,383 (98.3%)
  • Asian alone - 9 (0.6%)
  • American Indian alone - 6 (0.4%)
  • Hispanic - 5 (0.4%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (0.3%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mercer: 186.2 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (45.9%), Irish (14.5%), Polish (11.8%), English (10.2%), French (6.0%), Norwegian (5.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1600 feet

Land area: 168.0 square miles.

Population density: 8.4 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Mercer:

  • High school or higher: 84.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
  • Unemployed: 10.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mercer town:

  • Never married: 16.9%
  • Now married: 61.4%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 10.2%
  • Divorced: 10.7%

31 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.8%
Wisconsin:  4.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Mercer town:  1.7% ($1,861)
Wisconsin:  2.0% ($2,245)
Mercer satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Duluth, MN (104.8 miles , pop. 86,918).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (168.2 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (322.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Oma, WI (2.9 miles ), Manitowish Waters, WI (3.6 miles ), Carey, WI (3.7 miles) , Knight, WI (3.7 miles ), Agenda, WI (3.8 miles ), Pence, WI (4.0 miles) , Lac du Flambeau, WI (4.1 miles ), Eisenstein, WI (4.3 miles ).

Latitude: 46.17 N, Longitude: 90.10 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Loon Capital of the World

Area code: 715

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

11.2%
Wisconsin:

6.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +405 (+30.5%).

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (29%)
  • Wood products (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (3%)
  • Paper (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (21%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Wood products (7%)
  • Computer and electronic products (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Carpenters (10%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Electricians (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Mercer-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 47% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/8/1985, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 24.0 miles away from the Mercer town center killed 2 people and injured 42 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/27/1984, a category F3 tornado 29.7 miles away from the town center killed one person and injured 8 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Iron County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Political contributions by individuals in Mercer, WI

Airports located in Mercer:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mercer:

  • Michigan Technological University (about 99 miles; Houghton, MI; Full-time enrollment: 6,330)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (about 102 miles; Superior, WI; FT enrollment: 2,160)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (about 104 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 9,823)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica (about 106 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,184)
  • Lake Superior College (about 106 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 2,374)
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (about 117 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 9,913)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 117 miles; Stevens Point, WI; FT enrollment: 8,352)
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Library in Mercer:

  • MERCER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $105,103; Location: 2648 W. MARGARET ST.; 15,783 books; 11,545 e-books; 3,282 audio materials; 1,326 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 28 state licensed databases; 6 other licensed databases; 68 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Mercer: Mercer Area Ambulance and Rescue (A), Mercer Fire Department Station 1 (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Lakes and reservoirs: San Domingo Lake (A), Echo Lake (B), Grand Portage Lake (C), Martha Lake (D), Mercer Lake (E), Little Turtle River Flowage (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Mercer: Carow Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotels: Anchor Inn (Highway 51), Loon's Nest Motel (5202 North Highway 51), Great Northern Motel (Highway 51 South).

 
Iron County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 27.9. This is about average.
City:

27.9
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2005 was 7.81. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 23.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

7.81
U.S.:

22.92
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 6.36. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 23.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

6.36
U.S.:

9.59
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2004 was 1.94. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 16.6 miles away from the city center.
City:

1.94
U.S.:

3.63

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

PINE FOREST LODGE (Population served: 35, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Average household size:
This town:  2.0 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  64.4%
Whole state:  64.4%

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

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.0% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

13.5%
Whole state:

8.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

4.5%
Whole state:

3.7%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Mercer, WI

2 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010

Mercer compared to Wisconsin 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 below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.


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Banks with branches in Mercer (2011 data):

  • Associated Bank, National Association: Mercer Branch at 5260 N. Us 51, branch established on 1885/11/22. Info updated 2008/09/12: Bank assets: $21,715.0 mil, Deposits: $15,244.4 mil, headquarters in Green Bay, WI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 282 total offices, Holding Company: Associated Banc-Corp

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (52%)
  • Utility gas (23%)
  • Electricity (8%)
  • Wood (8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Mercer town (based on Iron County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 37.11%
Here37.1%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents75.8%7.9%6.7%4.6%5.1%
Congregations41.7%16.7%8.3%8.3%25.0%
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: 2
Iron County:

3.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Iron County:

11.13 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
This county:

23.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.9%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Iron County:

26.7%
State:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.1%
State:

13.0%

6.84% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,891 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.84%
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 Gogebic County, MI  1.65% ($26,690 average AGI)


7.20% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,103 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.20%
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 Gogebic County, MI  1.29% ($19,273 average AGI)
to Ashland County, WI  0.43% ($20,000)
to Oneida County, WI  0.43% ($42,909)

Strongest AM radio stations in Mercer:

  • WJMS (590 AM; 5 kW; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: ROBERTS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WLKD (1570 AM; 5 kW; MINOCQUA, WI; Owner: RAVEN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WHRY (1450 AM; 1 kW; HURLEY, WI; Owner: BIG G LITTLE O INC.)
  • 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)
  • WNBI (980 AM; 1 kW; PARK FALLS, WI)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WDSM (710 AM; 10 kW; SUPERIOR, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mercer:

  • WHBM-FM (90.3 FM; PARK FALLS, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WIMI (99.7 FM; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: ROBERTS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WUPM (106.9 FM; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: BIG G LITTLE O, INC.)
  • WCQM (98.3 FM; PARK FALLS, WI; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, LLC)
  • W280DD (103.9 FM; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: GOSPEL OPPORTUNITIES, INC.)
  • W207BR (89.3 FM; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • W265AI (100.9 FM; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: WHITE PINE COMMUNITY B/C, INC.)
  • WMQA-FM (95.9 FM; MINOCQUA, WI; Owner: RAVEN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Mercer:

  • WLEF-TV (Channel 36; PARK FALLS, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WYOW (Channel 34; EAGLE RIVER, WI; Owner: WAOW-WYOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WJFW-TV (Channel 12; RHINELANDER, WI; Owner: NORTHLAND TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W31BA (Channel 31; MINOCQUA, WI; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W57AR (Channel 57; SAYNER/VILAS COUNTY, WI; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 10
Total length: 14 meters (46ft)
Total costs: $544,000
Total average daily traffic: 7,658
Total average daily truck traffic: 645
Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic: 10,858

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1920-1929: 1
  • 1930-1939: 1
  • 1940-1949: 0
  • 1950-1959: 0
  • 1960-1969: 2
  • 1970-1979: 0
  • 1980-1989: 3
  • 1990-1999: 1
  • 2000-2009: 2
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Mercer, WI

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Mercer)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • STATION, Hwy 51 6.5 Mi N Of (Lat: 46.239667 Lon: -90.151278), Overall height: 93 m, Call Sign: WNEW500
    Assigned Frequencies: 6615.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/16/2008, Expiration Date: 07/13/2018
    Registrant: State Of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53707-7912, Phone: (608) 266-2497, Fax: (608) 267-4495, Email:
  • MERCER, Adj To St Hwy 51 Center Of (Lat: 46.166333 Lon: -90.064306), Overall height: 36.6 m, Call Sign: WCU487
    Assigned Frequencies: 2171.60 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/17/2001, Expiration Date: 02/01/2011, Cancellation Date: 02/11/2009, Certifier: Vicki Schultheis
    Registrant: Centurytel, Inc., Vancouver, WA 98668, Phone: (360) 905-6839, Fax: (360) 905-5953, Email:
  • SPRINGSTEAD, 10 Mi S (Lat: 46.024667 Lon: -90.114306), Overall height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WCU488
    Assigned Frequencies: 2121.60 MHz, 2128.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/17/2001, Expiration Date: 02/01/2011, Cancellation Date: 02/11/2009, Certifier: Vicki Schultheis
    Registrant: Centurytel, Inc., Vancouver, WA 98668, Phone: (360) 905-6839, Fax: (360) 905-5953, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

5
  • Call Sign: K9CPQ, Licensee ID: L00231917
    Grant Date: 08/14/2007, Expiration Date: 11/07/2017
    Registrant: Hugh W O Toole, Po Box 102, Mercer, WI 54547
  • Call Sign: WA9FXH
    Grant Date: 04/29/1997, Expiration Date: 04/29/2007, Cancellation Date: 04/30/2009
    Registrant: William A Spars, Mercer, WI 54547
  • Call Sign: WA9MSZ
    Grant Date: 07/18/1996, Expiration Date: 07/18/2006, Cancellation Date: 07/19/2008
    Registrant: William E Spars, Mercer, WI 54547
  • Call Sign: KC9HPN, Licensee ID: L00493689
    Grant Date: 05/09/2005, Expiration Date: 05/09/2015, Cancellation Date: 09/02/2005, Certifier: Sidney A Schmitz
    Registrant: Sidney A Schmitz, Mercer, WI 54547
  • Call Sign: WB9CAP, Previous Call Sign: KC9HPN, Licensee ID: L00493689
    Grant Date: 09/02/2005, Expiration Date: 09/02/2015, Certifier: Sidney A Schmitz
    Registrant: Sidney A Schmitz, 4968 Thompson Trail, Mercer, WI 54547


FAA Registered Aircraft:

8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Mercer)


Most common first names in Mercer, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2773.0 years
Robert1970.0 years
Joseph1476.4 years
William1272.7 years
Mary1181.0 years
Donald1066.9 years
Frank1075.7 years
James1070.4 years
Elizabeth983.0 years
Ruth979.1 years
Most common last names in Mercer, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Brunner679.3 years
Peterson678.8 years
Anderson577.0 years
Krueger582.0 years
Mears582.2 years
Olson575.2 years
Thompson578.8 years
Vaughn577.0 years
Davis472.2 years
Allen482.5 years

Mercer on our top lists:

  • #81 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas"
  • #96 (54547) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Alsatian first ancestries"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
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Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Richard A. Thiede (1)

Total of 1 patent application in 2008-2014.

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