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Vilas County

Population in July 2009: 1,408. Population change since 2000: +4.3%
 

Males: 687  (48.8%)
Females: 721  (51.2%)

Median resident age:  55.4 years
Wisconsin median age:  36.0 years

Zip code: 54554

Estimated median household income in 2011: $37,073 (it was $31,574 in 2000)
Phelps:

$37,073
Wisconsin:

$50,395
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $24,451

Phelps town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $167,730 (it was $103,500 in 2000)
Phelps:

$167,730
Wisconsin:

$166,700
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $281,076; Detached houses: $294,049; Townhouses or other attached units: $39,794; In 2-unit structures: $132,647; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $114,960; Mobile homes: $91,195

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Phelps races chart
  • White alone - 1,306 (96.7%)
  • American Indian alone - 16 (1.2%)
  • Two or more races - 13 (1.0%)
  • Hispanic - 11 (0.8%)
  • Asian alone - 4 (0.3%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Phelps: 179.9 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (41.1%), Irish (11.0%), Polish (11.0%), English (9.6%), Swedish (9.6%), Norwegian (4.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1770 feet

Land area: 94.9 square miles.

Population density: 15 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Phelps:

  • High school or higher: 82.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Phelps town:

  • Never married: 16.6%
  • Now married: 66.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.8%
  • Divorced: 8.6%

16 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.2%
Wisconsin:  4.5%



According to our research of Wisconsin and other state lists there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Phelps, Wisconsin as of April 18, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Phelps to the number of sex offenders is 352 to 1.


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

Phelps town:  1.4% ($1,426)
Wisconsin:  2.0% ($2,245)
Phelps satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Green Bay, WI (119.1 miles , pop. 102,313).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (207.0 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (300.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Washington, WI (3.0 miles ), Conover, WI (3.1 miles ), Lincoln, WI (3.5 miles ), Eagle River, WI (3.5 miles ), Alvin, WI (3.8 miles) , Land O'Lakes, WI (3.9 miles ), Cloverland, WI (4.0 miles ), Hiles, WI (4.1 miles ).

Latitude: 46.06 N, Longitude: 89.09 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Headwaters County - Start of Wisconsin River

Area code: 715

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.6%
Wisconsin:

6.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +160 (+13.4%).

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (33%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (4%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Health care (30%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Construction (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Carpenters (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Construction laborers (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Phelps-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 46% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/25/1950, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 29.3 miles away from the Phelps town center killed 2 people and injured 12 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 19.6 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 Vilas County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Wind: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Phelps:

  • MINISTRY EAGLE RIVER MEM HSPTL (Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Church, provides emergency services, about 13 miles away; EAGLE RIVER, WI)

Political contributions by individuals in Phelps, WI

located in Phelps:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Phelps:

  • Michigan Technological University (about 78 miles; Houghton, MI; Full-time enrollment: 6,330)
  • Northern Michigan University (about 88 miles; Marquette, MI; FT enrollment: 7,952)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 109 miles; Stevens Point, WI; FT enrollment: 8,352)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (about 117 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 3,643)
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (about 120 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 4,962)
  • Saint Norbert College (about 123 miles; De Pere, WI; FT enrollment: 2,041)
  • Fox Valley Technical College (about 128 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 3,092)

Public high school in Phelps:

  • Phelps Hi (Students: 34; Location: 4451 Old School Rd; Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Phelps:

  • Phelps El (Students: 93; Location: 4451 Old School Rd; Grades: KG-8)
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Library in Phelps:

  • ELEANOR ELLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $64,742; Location: 4495 TOWN HALL RD.; 12,398 books; 11,545 e-books; 3,138 audio materials; 1,061 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 28 state licensed databases; 6 other licensed databases; 6 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Phelps: Spectacle Lake Campground (A), Lac Vieux Desert Campground (B), Kentuck Lake Campground (C), Phelps Area Emergency Medical Services (D), Phelps Volunteer Fire Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Phelps include: Twin Lake Church (A), South Lakes Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Pickel Lake (A), Plymouth Lake (B), Potfish Lake (C), Secret Lake (D), Spectacle Lake (E), Stub Walsh Lake (F), Sugar Maple Lake (G), Vista Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Little Deerskin River (A), Military Creek (B), Kentuck Creek (C), Thoroughfare Creek (D), Blackjack Creek (E), Beaver Creek (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Lakeview Motel (2315 State Highway 17) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

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

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

  • NORTH TWIN LODGE (Population served: 60, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Average household size:
This town:  2.1 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  65.8%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  7.2%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households

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

9.2%
Whole state:

8.7%

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

3.3%
Whole state:

3.7%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Phelps, WI

53 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
65 people in nursing homes in 2000
5 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Phelps 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.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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Banks with branches in Phelps (2011 data):

  • The First National Bank of Eagle River: Phelps Branch at 4534 County Highway E, branch established on 1968/05/27. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $146.0 mil, Deposits: $106.6 mil, headquarters in Eagle River, WI, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Ellis Bankshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (34%)
  • Utility gas (32%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Wood (13%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Phelps (based on Vilas County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 54.94%
Here54.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Church of ChristLutheran ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Adherents56.9%9.8%8.4%6.9%6.3%
Congregations25.0%12.5%9.4%9.4%6.3%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Evangelical Free Church of America The Evangelical Covenant ChurchNew Testament Association Independent Baptist Churches/Other Fundamental BaptistsOther
Adherents3.2%2.7%1.7%1.2%2.7%
Congregations6.3%9.4%3.1%3.1%15.6%
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
Vilas County:

4.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 25
Vilas County:

11.34 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 85
This county:

38.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.1%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Vilas County:

26.3%
State:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

18.7%
State:

13.0%

7.13% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($55,812 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.13%
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 Oneida County, WI  1.22% ($32,266 average AGI)
from Waukesha County, WI  0.41% ($87,730)
from Milwaukee County, WI  0.40% ($60,083)


7.03% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($38,442 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.03%
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 Oneida County, WI  1.30% ($30,750 average AGI)
to Dane County, WI  0.37% ($36,545)
to Milwaukee County, WI  0.32% ($18,276)

Strongest AM radio stations in Phelps:

  • WERL (950 AM; 1 kW; EAGLE RIVER, WI)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WLKD (1570 AM; 5 kW; MINOCQUA, WI; Owner: RAVEN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WJMS (590 AM; 5 kW; IRONWOOD, MI; Owner: ROBERTS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WIKB (1230 AM; 1 kW; IRON RIVER, MI; Owner: NORTHLAND ADVERTISING, INC.)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WDBC (680 AM; 10 kW; ESCANABA, MI; Owner: KMB BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • 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)

Strongest FM radio stations in Phelps:

  • W280AF (103.9 FM; PHELPS, WI; Owner: WRVM, INC.)
  • WRJO (94.5 FM; EAGLE RIVER, WI; Owner: BERNER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WXPR (91.7 FM; RHINELANDER, WI; Owner: WHITE PINE COMMUNITY B/CASTING, INC.)
  • WIKB-FM (99.1 FM; IRON RIVER, MI; Owner: NORTHLAND ADVERTISING, INC.)
  • WLSL (93.7 FM; THREE LAKES, WI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING OF RHINELANDER, INC.)
  • W292CG (106.3 FM; LAND O' LAKES, WI; Owner: WRVM, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Phelps:

  • WYOW (Channel 34; EAGLE RIVER, WI; Owner: WAOW-WYOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WJFW-TV (Channel 12; RHINELANDER, WI; Owner: NORTHLAND TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W57AR (Channel 57; SAYNER/VILAS COUNTY, WI; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Phelps)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • On Fire Rd 2276 At Main Office (Lat: 46.077444 Lon: -89.076806), Call Sign: WZN759
    Assigned Frequencies: 49.3000 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/24/2001, Expiration Date: 01/12/2012, Cancellation Date: 03/17/2012
    Registrant: Fit, 1565 Oak St, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: (541) 485-8441
  • Military Hill Hwy 17 (Lat: 46.066889 Lon: -89.077639), Type: Tower, Structure height: 76 m, Call Sign: KKY942
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.480 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/25/1997, Expiration Date: 08/25/2002, Cancellation Date: 06/07/2002, Certifier: Dawn M Grmick
    Registrant: Northway Communications Inc, 105 E Oak St, Wausau, WI 54401, Fax: (715) 848-1413

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • PHELPS RT, Stwy 17 At Forest Rd 2201 (Lat: 46.069944 Lon: -89.043167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 57.9 m, Overall height: 60.6 m, Call Sign: WNEW760
    Assigned Frequencies: 6795.00 MHz, 6765.00 MHz, 954.350 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/08/2008, Expiration Date: 11/18/2018
    Registrant: Wisconsin Electric Power Company, 333 W. Everett Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: (414) 221-2226, Fax: (414) 221-3198, Email:
  • Phelps RT, Stwy 17 At Forest Rd 2201 (Lat: 46.069944 Lon: -89.043167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WQML546
    Assigned Frequencies: 952.343 MHz, 928.343 MHz, 952.281 MHz, 928.281 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/15/2010, Expiration Date: 09/15/2020, Certifier: Michael J Kelley
    Registrant: Wisconsin Electric Power Company, 333 W. Everett Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: (414) 221-2226, Fax: (414) 221-3198, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • St Louis Road 2 Mi South Of (Lat: 46.040000 Lon: -89.095278), Type: Tower, Structure height: 38 m, Overall height: 61 m, Call Sign: KNKD729
    Assigned Frequencies: 454.175 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/03/2009, Expiration Date: 04/01/2019
    Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8678, Fax: (703) 584-8696, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KF9OF, Previous Call Sign: N9KQC, Licensee ID: L00185667
    Grant Date: 02/01/2013, Expiration Date: 03/23/2023, Certifier: Fred D Moore
    Registrant: Fred D Moore, 3304 Hwy 17, Phelps, WI 54554
  • Call Sign: WD9HVR, Licensee ID: L00695089
    Grant Date: 06/05/2003, Expiration Date: 08/24/2013
    Registrant: Michel A Coccia, 203 Smoky Lake Dr, Phelps, WI 54554
  • Call Sign: KC9SZW, Licensee ID: L01588456
    Grant Date: 08/18/2010, Expiration Date: 08/18/2020, Certifier: Anthony E Campion
    Registrant: Anthony E Campion, 1605 E Boot Lake Rd, Phelps, WI 54554


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 4
  • Hazardous Condition: 1


Most common first names in Phelps, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1877.3 years
Helen1484.1 years
Robert1273.9 years
William1177.4 years
Ruth1079.3 years
George1080.0 years
Grace986.4 years
Lillian881.1 years
Joseph881.6 years
Clarence779.9 years
Most common last names in Phelps, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Olson983.8 years
Crass786.3 years
Kinner779.9 years
Johnson681.0 years
Kohta579.6 years
Carlson579.4 years
Schuster576.2 years
Ranta586.8 years
Schroeder580.4 years
Lahti475.3 years
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