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Dane County, Wisconsin (WI)

County population in 2014: 516,284 (88% urban, 12% rural); it was 426,526 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 93,876
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 27,633
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 99,923
Renter-occupied apartments: 82,241 (it was 73,561 in 2000)
% of renters here:

42%
State:

32%

Land area: 1202 sq. mi.

Water area: 36.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 430 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Dane County: 98.1 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (32.0%), Educational, health and social services (19.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 25%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Dane County, Wisconsin:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (81.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (5.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (5.1%)
  • Asian alone (4.7%)
  • Two or more races (2.0%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Wisconsin median age:  38.0 years
Males: 255,364  (49.5%)
Females: 260,920  (50.5%)

Dane County,WI real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Dane County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $65,202 ($49,223 in 1999)

This county:

$65,202
Wisconsin:

$55,638

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $866 (lower quartile is $717, upper quartile is $1,130)
This county:

$866
State:

$669


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $240,800 (it was $146,600 in 2000)
Dane:

$240,800
Wisconsin:

$168,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $178,300 - $348,800

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $293,175
Here:

$293,175
State:

$210,534

Townhouses or other attached units: $202,922
Here:

$202,922
State:

$176,643

In 2-unit structures: $219,023
Here:

$219,023
State:

$142,868

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $125,971
Here:

$125,971
State:

$155,412

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $197,530
Here:

$197,530
State:

$171,735

Mobile homes: $36,712
Here:

$36,712
State:

$50,941
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,713
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $668

Institutionalized population: 3,966
Dane County, WI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2005: 2413 buildings, average cost: $210,800
  • 2006: 1565 buildings, average cost: $209,700
  • 2007: 1217 buildings, average cost: $230,500
  • 2008: 651 buildings, average cost: $264,900
  • 2009: 664 buildings, average cost: $230,200
  • 2010: 666 buildings, average cost: $249,500
  • 2011: 650 buildings, average cost: $258,600
  • 2012: 774 buildings, average cost: $255,000
  • 2013: 1113 buildings, average cost: $260,800
  • 2014: 1105 buildings, average cost: $275,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $4,828 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $4,640 (2.0%)

Dane County household income distribution in 2009 Dane County home values distribution Dane County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 11.4%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.5% for Black residents, 17.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 27.6% for American Indian residents, 19.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.9% for other race residents, 26.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 11.4%
Dane County:

11.4%
Wisconsin:

12.1%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.5% for Black residents, 17.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.9% for American Indian residents, 19.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.0% for other race residents, 26.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 34 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 35 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 26 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 33 years old)

Area name: Madison, WI HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dane County is $636 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $752 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1009 a month.

Cities in this county include: Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Stoughton, Waunakee, Monona, Oregon, DeForest, Verona.

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

2012 air pollution in Dane County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.037 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 16.1 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.4 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Hancock County, Maine , Cayuga County, New York , Elmore County, Idaho , Clayton County, Iowa .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.7%
Wisconsin:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 53,744
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 92.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 40.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 26,786 (29% naturalized citizens)

Dane County:

6.3%
Whole state:

3.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 11,898
  • 1990 to 1994: 4,586
  • 1985 to 1989: 3,056
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,095
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,482
  • 1970 to 1974: 840
  • 1970 to 1974: 655
  • 1965 to 1969: 2,174
Note: State values scaled to Dane County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.6%

Dane County marital status for males Dane County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 96,630
  • One, attached: 9,273
  • Two: 10,243
  • 3 or 4: 11,795
  • 5 to 9: 13,685
  • 10 to 19: 12,177
  • 20 or more: 24,229
  • Mobile homes: 2,307
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 59

Housing units in Dane County with a mortgage: 66,369 (9,212 second mortgage, 11,726 home equity loan, 560 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 18,969

Here:

77.8% with mortgage
State:

68.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Dane County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic106,03634
Mainline Protestant73,128113
Evangelical Protestant30,727146
Other12,96849
Black Protestant7795
Orthodox4454
None263,990-
Dane County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 73
Dane County:

1.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 154
Dane County:

3.24 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 382
This county:

8.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Dane County:

6.0%
Wisconsin:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Dane County:

23.9%
State:

27.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.1%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Dane County:

Average size of farms: 179 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $99,632
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $237.03
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.50%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 70.26%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $73,365
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 70.02%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.43%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $79,725
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.56%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.08
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 37.74%
Corn for grain: 158370 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6759 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 87185 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,508 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 173 acres

Earthquake activity:

Dane County-area historical earthquake activity is above Wisconsin state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 329.1 miles away from Dane County center
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 114.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 304.4 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 328.0 miles away from the county center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 361.7 miles away from Dane County 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 93.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Wisconsin Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 03, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1966: April 05, 2011, FEMA Id: 1966, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 05, 2008 to July 25, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1768: June 14, 2008, FEMA Id: 1768, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Snow, Incident Period: February 05, 2008 to February 06, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3285: March 19, 2008, FEMA Id: 3285, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: August 18, 2007 to August 31, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1719: August 26, 2007, FEMA Id: 1719, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Wisconsin Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3249: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3249, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 07, 2004 to July 03, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1526: June 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1526, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Wisconsin Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3163: January 24, 2001, FEMA Id: 3163, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes And Flooding, Incident Period: May 26, 2000 to July 19, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1332: June 24, 2000, FEMA Id: 1332, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 07, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-994: July 02, 1993, FEMA Id: 994, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 17, 1992, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-963: September 18, 1992, FEMA Id: 963, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
  • 6 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Dane County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 7, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (19%)
  • Korea (6%)
  • India (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Laos (6%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Canada (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Dane County (%):

  • German (34%)
  • Norwegian (11%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • English (6%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • Polish (3%)
  • Italian (3%)

Dane County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 179,816 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 23,162 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 9,598 (4%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 4 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 27 (0%)
  • Railroad: 24 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 9 (0%)
  • Taxi: 404 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 364 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4,216 (2%)
  • Walked: 14,924 (6%)
  • Other means: 712 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 9,282 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Dane County, Wisconsin in 2000:

  • 9,110 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,046 people in nursing homes
  • 1,112 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 947 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 820 people in state prisons
  • 450 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 390 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 280 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 149 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 103 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 59 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 55 people in other group homes
  • 51 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 48 people in religious group quarters
  • 40 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 38 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 34 people in halfway houses
  • 23 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 12 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 11 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 10 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 6 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 6 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 4 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 4 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 3 people in job corps and vocational training facilities

People in group quarters in Dane County, Wisconsin in 2010:

  • 7,608 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,035 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 913 people in state prisons
  • 855 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 384 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 344 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 175 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 165 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 133 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 90 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 37 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 23 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 13 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $68,914.

6.00% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,234 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.00%
Wisconsin average:

5.10%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($186 average AGI)
Dane County:

0.03%
Wisconsin average:

0.02%

2.93% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($17,496 average AGI)
3.04% relocated from other states ($24,551 average AGI)
Dane County:

3.04%
Wisconsin average:

1.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Milwaukee County, WI  0.30% ($34,934 average AGI)
from Cook County, IL  0.28% ($50,103)
from Rock County, WI  0.25% ($35,033)
from Columbia County, WI  0.22% ($35,679)
from Sauk County, WI  0.18% ($31,613)
from Waukesha County, WI  0.18% ($44,598)
from Jefferson County, WI  0.16% ($34,501)


5.58% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($44,394 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.58%
Wisconsin average:

5.34%


0.09% of residents moved to foreign countries ($618 average AGI)
Dane County:

0.09%
Wisconsin average:

0.03%

2.46% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($16,408 average AGI)
3.03% relocated to other states ($27,367 average AGI)
Dane County:

3.03%
Wisconsin average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Milwaukee County, WI  0.34% ($31,242 average AGI)
to Cook County, IL  0.26% ($38,444)
to Columbia County, WI  0.25% ($43,088)
to Rock County, WI  0.23% ($37,595)
to Jefferson County, WI  0.19% ($37,417)
to Sauk County, WI  0.15% ($48,324)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.14% ($42,495)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.5

Births per 1000 population in Dane County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 5.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 6.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Dane County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 5.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Dane County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 8.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.4%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Dane County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Dane County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 52,845 (44,790 aged, 8,055 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 6,588 (6%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Dane County, Wisconsin in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,589)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,568)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2,336)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (2,058)
  • Unspecified dementia (1,865)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,621)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,531)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,236)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1,050)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (863)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.1
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 13,690
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 276
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 26,503

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,310
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 595
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 11

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 99

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.6. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 9.5
  • Other - 5.1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 110.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 46.1
  • Poisoning - 27.0
  • Suffocation - 26.4
  • Other - 11.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 475,298
  • In family households: 353,214 (83,051 male householders, 33,701 female householders)
    91,921 spouses, 122,112 children (114,907 natural, 3,347 adopted, 3,858 stepchildren), 3,515 grandchildren, 3,550 brothers or sisters, 2,131 parents, 3,138 other relatives, 8,861 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 122,084 (41,298 male householders (27,923 living alone)), 45,700 female householders (34,266 living alone)), 35,086 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 12,775 (3,966 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 53,642 2-persons, 26,536 3-persons, 23,405 4-persons, 8,933 5-persons, 2,750 6-persons, 1,486 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 62,189 1-person, 18,693 2-persons, 3,481 3-persons, 1,724 4-persons, 609 5-persons, 198 6-persons, 104 7-or-more-persons.

71,537 married couples with children.
19,812 single-parent households (4,494 men, 15,318 women).

90.7% of residents of Dane County speak English at home.
3.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
2.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
2.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $3,729,308,000 ($8,222 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $202,578,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $862,296,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $300,229,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $24,501,000
Federal grants: $2,083,120,000
Federal procurement contracts: $173,760,000 ($71,421,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $285,402,000 ($48,767,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $9,059,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $115,170,000
Federal Government insurance: $93,933,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 29,308
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 13,765
Here:

30 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +9,959
Here:

+22 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +6,570
Here:

+14 per 1000 residents
State:

+3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Dane County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 48.15 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.8
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 1,132
  • 2010 to 2013: 7,221
  • 2000 to 2009: 38,587
  • 1990 to 1999: 35,599
  • 1980 to 1989: 29,423
  • 1970 to 1979: 36,628
  • 1960 to 1969: 23,006
  • 1950 to 1959: 17,960
  • 1940 to 1949: 7,798
  • 1939 or earlier: 28,212
Note: State values scaled to Dane population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Dane County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Dane County population
  • 1 room: 57
  • 2 rooms: 500
  • 3 rooms: 1,622
  • 4 rooms: 6,194
  • 5 rooms: 18,123
  • 6 rooms: 22,657
  • 7 rooms: 19,741
  • 8 rooms: 15,140
  • 9+ rooms: 15,889
  • 1 room: 6,530
  • 2 rooms: 9,013
  • 3 rooms: 15,672
  • 4 rooms: 19,889
  • 5 rooms: 12,487
  • 6 rooms: 5,444
  • 7 rooms: 2,497
  • 8 rooms: 1,189
  • 9+ rooms: 840
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Dane County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Dane County population
  • no bedroom: 114
  • 1 bedroom: 1,749
  • 2 bedrooms: 16,811
  • 3 bedrooms: 55,365
  • 4 bedrooms: 22,276
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3,608
  • no bedroom: 7,350
  • 1 bedroom: 22,946
  • 2 bedrooms: 29,917
  • 3 bedrooms: 10,656
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,932
  • 5+ bedrooms: 760
Cars and other vehicles available in Dane County, Wisconsin in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Dane County population
  • no vehicle: 2,092
  • 1 vehicle: 24,522
  • 2 vehicles: 52,963
  • 3 vehicles: 15,536
  • 4 vehicles: 3,648
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,162
  • no vehicle: 11,858
  • 1 vehicle: 37,169
  • 2 vehicles: 19,240
  • 3 vehicles: 3,758
  • 4 vehicles: 1,011
  • 5+ vehicles: 525

48% of Dane County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 58% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Wisconsin.

Dane County:

47.5%
State average:

57.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 279,829
  • Northeast: 14,585
  • Midwest: 72,741
  • South: 16,175
  • West: 13,450

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $145,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Dane County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (82.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.8%)
  • Electricity (4.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.1%)
  • Wood (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (53.3%)
  • Electricity (39.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.8%)
  • Other fuel (1.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4,465
Here:

10.1%
Wisconsin:

16.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,235
Here:

5.6%
Wisconsin:

9.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,361
Here:

8.2%
Wisconsin:

18.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Dane County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $12,068,000
    Regular Highways: $8,365,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,393,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,508,000
    Parking Facilities: $478,000
    General - Other: $231,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $114,000
    Correctional Institutions: $52,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $163,367,000
    Correctional Institutions: $29,750,000
    Police Protection: $25,443,000
    General - Other: $24,926,000
    Health - Other: $23,791,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,654,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $13,783,000
    Parks and Recreation: $12,440,000
    Regular Highways: $11,164,000
    Solid Waste Management: $8,550,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,983,000
    General Public Buildings: $5,176,000
    Financial Administration: $4,777,000
    Libraries: $3,619,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,936,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $817,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $676,000
    Parking Facilities: $233,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $8,176,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Libraries: $2,810,000
    General - Other: $2,383,000
    Regular Highways: $871,000
    Sewerage: $714,000
    Air Transportation: $152,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $27,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $4,679,000
    General - Other: $2,744,000
    Regular Highways: $322,000
    Air Transportation: $233,000
    Solid Waste Management: $85,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,382,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,143,000
    General - Other: $90,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $104,517,000

Dane County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $16,901,000
    All Other: $15,045,000
    Parks and Recreation: $9,452,000
    Solid Waste Management: $8,213,000
    Parking Facilities: $609,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $128,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $10,561,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,288,000
    All Other: $667,000
    Health and Hospitals: $132,000
    Highways: $117,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,536,000
    Highways: $2,890,000
    Public Welfare: $432,000
    Housing and Community Development: $74,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,161,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,169,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,296,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $952,000
    Sale of Property: $466,000
    Rents: $163,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $87,303,000
    Public Welfare: $53,825,000
    General Local Government Support: $16,592,000
    Highways: $12,313,000
    All Other: $4,190,000
    Education: $87,000
    Housing and Community Development: $15,000
  • Tax - Property: $95,123,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $40,654,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $2,541,000
    Other License: $1,967,000

Dane County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $188,864,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $188,147,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,251,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,534,000

Dane County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $19,845,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,684,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5,870
  • Number of aged recipients: 416
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 5,454
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,074
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,952
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 844
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,976
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,597
Dane County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Dane County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 92 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,352$181,3934,509$183,30727,440$185,0601,383$106,079132$1,040,8791,121$184,43524$66,708
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED62$175,935288$208,8332,027$194,790163$109,5775$2,105,00078$182,4625$31,800
APPLICATIONS DENIED176$166,051483$169,8863,585$198,791287$64,43610$1,200,100213$187,04232$47,844
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN111$161,829422$186,5923,431$192,615133$118,28610$784,500132$177,5835$91,800
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$175,46737$167,027534$199,72123$104,7830$012$189,0831$23,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 88 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,028$200,5171,171$204,6103$142,667
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED160$220,144254$205,1186$169,667
APPLICATIONS DENIED86$190,163120$200,2831$155,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN40$165,20064$206,6720$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$218,33311$185,0001$241,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Dane County, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,92275.2 years
Mary1,55880.1 years
Robert1,48471.9 years
William1,34675.3 years
Helen93282.0 years
James91169.9 years
Margaret89081.8 years
George88177.1 years
Dorothy82479.6 years
Ruth78880.7 years
Most common last names in Dane County, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson90576.0 years
Anderson65077.7 years
Olson50077.6 years
Smith48476.0 years
Nelson41479.3 years
Miller41075.6 years
Peterson34376.4 years
Hanson33879.2 years
Thompson28278.5 years
Brown24474.2 years
Businesses in Dane County, WI
NameCountNameCount
ALDI3Jones New York9
ALDO1Journeys2
AT&T3Justice3
Abercrombie & Fitch1KFC8
Ace Hardware12Kincaid1
Advance Auto Parts3Kohl's3
Aeropostale2Kroger1
AmericInn2La Quinta1
American Eagle Outfitters2La-Z-Boy4
Ann Taylor2Lane Bryant2
Apple Store1Lane Furniture3
Applebee's2LensCrafters2
Arby's9Little Caesars Pizza5
Ashley Furniture2Macy's1
Audi1Marriott7
AutoZone2Marshalls2
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets36
Banana Republic1Maurices3
Barnes & Noble1Mazda2
Baskin-Robbins1McDonald's27
Bath & Body Works4Men's Wearhouse1
Baymont Inn1Menards3
Bed Bath & Beyond1Microtel1
Ben & Jerry's1Motel 61
Best Western3Motherhood Maternity5
Blockbuster5New Balance8
Budget Car Rental3New York & Co2
Buffalo Wild Wings4Nike36
Burger King7Nissan2
CVS2Office Depot2
Cache1OfficeMax2
Cambria1Old Navy1
Caribou Coffee2Olive Garden1
Carson Pirie Scott2Outback1
Casual Male XL1Outback Steakhouse1
Charlotte Russe1Pac Sun2
Chevrolet4Panera Bread5
Chico's1Papa John's Pizza3
Chipotle3Payless2
Chuck E. Cheese's1Penske3
Clarion1PetSmart2
Cold Stone Creamery3Pier 1 Imports2
Coldwater Creek1Pizza Hut12
Comfort Inn3Plato's Closet2
Costco1Popeyes1
Cracker Barrel1Pottery Barn1
Cricket Wireless9Qdoba Mexican Grill5
Curves7Quality3
DHL7Quiznos6
Dairy Queen5RadioShack7
Days Inn2Red Lobster1
Deb1Red Robin2
Decora Cabinetry3Red Roof Inn1
Dennys4Rodeway Inn1
Domino's Pizza3Rue211
DressBarn1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Dressbarn1SAS Shoes3
Dunkin Donuts1SONIC Drive-In1
Econo Lodge1Sam's Club1
Eddie Bauer1Sears4
Express1Sephora1
Famous Footwear1Sheraton1
Fashion Bug1Sleep Inn1
FedEx65Slumberland2
Finish Line2Spencer Gifts1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Sprint Nextel4
Foot Locker1Staples2
Ford4Starbucks11
Forever 211Subaru2
GNC6Subway39
GameStop4Super 85
Gap4T-Mobile7
Goodwill6T.G.I. Driday's2
Gymboree2T.J.Maxx1
H&M1Taco Bell11
H&R Block15Target3
Hardee's2The Limited1
Haworth1The Room Place1
Hilton4Toyota2
Hobby Lobby1Toys"R"Us4
Holiday Inn8Trader Joe's1
Hollister Co.2True Value10
Home Depot2U-Haul17
HomeTown Buffet1U.S. Cellular4
Honda3UPS73
Hot Topic2Urban Outfitters1
Howard Johnson1Vans6
Hyatt1Verizon Wireless5
Hyundai2Victoria's Secret2
IHOP2Volkswagen2
J. Jill1Walgreens25
J.Crew1Walmart4
JCPenney2Wendy's5
Jamba Juice1Wet Seal1
Jimmy John's4Whole Foods Market1
JoS. A. Bank1YMCA3

Dane County on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"