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Lafayette County, Wisconsin (WI)


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County population in 2012: 16,853 (all rural); it was 16,137 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,163
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,956
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,810
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,490 (it was 1,401 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

32%

Land area: 634 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 27 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lafayette County: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (18.1%), Educational,health and social services (17.1%), Retail trade (16.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (12.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 13%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lafayette County, Wisconsin:


Median resident age:  40.0 years
Wisconsin median age:  38.0 years

Males: 8,582  (47.9%)
Females: 8,254  (52.1%)

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Lafayette County,WI real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Lafayette County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $42,491 ($37,220 in 1999)
This county:

$42491
Wisconsin:

$49993

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $401 (lower quartile is $291, upper quartile is $489)
This county:

$401
State:

$599


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $117,843 (it was $79,900 in 2000)
Lafayette County:

$117,843
Wisconsin:

$170,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $82,555 - $182,624

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $187,682
Here:

$187,682
State:

$212,450

Townhouses or other attached units: $1,258,327
Here:

$1,258,327
State:

$187,116

In 2-unit structures: $199,861
Here:

$199,861
State:

$165,377

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $116,355
Here:

$116,355
State:

$158,801

Mobile homes: $48,427
Here:

$48,427
State:

$36,669
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,243
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $365

Institutionalized population: 98

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Lafayette County, WI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $2,308 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $2,048 (2.0%)


Lafayette County household income distribution in 2009 Lafayette County home values distribution


Lafayette County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 8.5%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.2% for Black residents, 28.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.8% for American Indian residents, 11.1% for other race residents, 26.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 17 years old, American Indian residents: 20 years old, Asian residents: 20 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

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

9.1%
Whole state:

8.7%

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

2.8%
Whole state:

3.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lafayette County is $394 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $507 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $649 a month.

Cities in this county include: Darlington, Shullsburg, Benton, Wiota, Belmont, Argyle, Blanchardville, Gratiot, Willow Springs, Wayne.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Lafayette County: Baxter Farm (A), Godfrey Farm (B), Turry Farms (C), Fitzsimons Dairy Farm (D), Rear Farm (E), Schilling Farm (F), Hi View Farm (G), Mosley Farms (H), Big Valley Farm (I), Davis Family Farm (J), Lattin Farms (K), Darlington Ridge Farms (L), Silent Hollow Farm (M), Rielly Farm (N), High Point Pork Farms (O), J and B Dairy Farms (P), Silver Creek Family Farms (Q), Otter Creek Farms (R), Quad Town Dairy Farm (S), Komprood Dairy Farm (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lafayette County include: Apple Grove Lutheran Church (A), Yellowstone Church (B), Willow Springs Church (C), West Wiota Church (D), Lead Mine Church (E), Saint Pauls Church (F), Saint Michaels Church (G), Saint Marys Church (H), Roseville Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: County Line Cemetery (1), Willow Springs Cemetery (2), Andrews Cemetery (3), Union Grove Cemetery (4), Schwartz Cemetery (5), Highland Cemetery (6), Strawberry Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Horseshoe Lake (A), Beardsley Lake (B), .43 Reservoir (C), Yellowstone Lake (D), 1 Reservoir (E), Hidden Valley Lake 1 (F), 0.3 Reservoir (G), 0.37 Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Spafford Creek (A), Ames Branch (B), Apple Branch (C), Gordon Creek (D), Bonner Branch (E), Pats Creek (F), Otter Creek (G), Mud Branch (H), Thunder Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Lafayette County include: Belmont Mound Woods State Natural Area (1), Belmont Prairie State Natural Area (2), Hardscrabble Prairie State Natural Area (3), Yellowstone Savanna State Natural Area (4), Ipswich Prairie State Natural Area (5), First Capitol State Park (6), Yellowstone Conservation Area (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Grant County , Green County , Iowa County , Jo Daviess County, Illinois , Stephenson County, Illinois .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 479
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 123 (54% naturalized citizens)

Lafayette County:

0.8%
Whole state:

3.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 53.7%

Lafayette County marital status for males
Lafayette County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lafayette County with a mortgage: 1,756 (167 second mortgage, 159 home equity loan, 18 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,499

Here:

53.9% with mortgage
State:

68.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 76.58%
Here76.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 12,358
Total congregations: 39

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents7,172 (58.0%)2,791 (22.6%)1,513 (12.2%)368 (3.0%)514 (4.2%)
Congregations13 (33.3%)9 (23.1%)9 (23.1%)2 (5.1%)6 (15.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Lafayette County - Darlington, Shullsburg, Benton, Wiota, Belmont

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.53 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
This county:

7.60 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Lafayette County:

12.03 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.8%
Wisconsin:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.8%
Wisconsin:

27.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lafayette County:

13.9%
State:

13.0%


Agriculture in Lafayette County:

Average size of farms: 284 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $109,057
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $169.11
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 70.88%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $88,534
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 66.02%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $110,598
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.38%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 26.22
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 33.47%
Corn for grain: 96178 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 419 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 54948 harvested acres
Vegetables: 8 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 48 acres

Tornado activity:

Lafayette County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Wisconsin state average. It is 3.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 12 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/15/1998, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 11 people and caused $2 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Lafayette County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Wisconsin state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 73.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Lafayette County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (26%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Electronic shopping and mail-order houses (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (18%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (3%)

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




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





Lafayette County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,910 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 1,013 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 33 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 5 (0%)
  • Taxi: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 11 (0%)
  • Walked: 466 (6%)
  • Other means: 46 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 934 (11%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,743.

5.38% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,045 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.38%
Wisconsin average:

6.06%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.01% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($22,082 average AGI)
1.37% relocated from other states ($7,963 average AGI)
Lafayette County:

1.37%
Wisconsin average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Grant County, WI  1.05% ($28,594 average AGI)
from Green County, WI  0.79% ($23,346)
from Dane County, WI  0.78% ($32,667)
from Iowa County, WI  0.61% ($32,050)
from Jo Daviess County, IL  0.26% ($24,824)
from Rock County, WI  0.15% ($47,200)


6.32% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,098 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.32%
Wisconsin average:

6.22%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.54% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($25,229 average AGI)
1.78% relocated to other states ($7,866 average AGI)
Lafayette County:

1.78%
Wisconsin average:

2.21%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Grant County, WI  1.18% ($37,282 average AGI)
to Green County, WI  1.03% ($30,250)
to Dane County, WI  0.97% ($31,781)
to Iowa County, WI  0.54% ($37,500)
to Dubuque County, IA  0.23% ($34,267)
to Jo Daviess County, IL  0.15% ($24,700)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.1

Births per 1000 population in Lafayette County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Lafayette County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lafayette County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,693 (2,472 aged, 221 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.14
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4081.510
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 153.440
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 16209.42

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1428.570
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 895.160

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 18.45
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 30.66

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12.26

Household type by relationship:

Households: 16,716

Size of family households: 2,216 2-persons, 891 3-persons, 768 4-persons, 432 5-persons, 148 6-persons, 116 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,699 1-person, 266 2-persons, 44 3-persons, 19 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 3 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

97.1% of residents of Lafayette County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (75% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (88% speak English very well, 13% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $84,674,000 ($5197 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $479,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $33,421,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $15,571,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $16,228,000
Federal grants: $15,348,000
Federal procurement contracts: $749,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,357,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $6,202,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $16,043,000
Federal Government insurance: $45,398,000

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

Births: 952
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 767
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +10
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +5
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lafayette County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.90 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.2
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Lafayette County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 10
  • 3 rooms: 60
  • 4 rooms: 417
  • 5 rooms: 941
  • 6 rooms: 1,102
  • 7 rooms: 1,019
  • 8 rooms: 700
  • 9+ rooms: 554
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 50
  • 3 rooms: 173
  • 4 rooms: 320
  • 5 rooms: 219
  • 6 rooms: 245
  • 7 rooms: 165
  • 8 rooms: 134
  • 9+ rooms: 80
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lafayette County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 107
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,063
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,421
  • 4 bedrooms: 982
  • 5+ bedrooms: 228
  • no bedroom: 15
  • 1 bedroom: 242
  • 2 bedrooms: 508
  • 3 bedrooms: 367
  • 4 bedrooms: 214
  • 5+ bedrooms: 55
Cars and other vehicles available in Lafayette County, Wisconsin in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 206
  • 1 vehicle: 1,077
  • 2 vehicles: 2,110
  • 3 vehicles: 1,013
  • 4 vehicles: 301
  • 5+ vehicles: 103
  • no vehicle: 203
  • 1 vehicle: 491
  • 2 vehicles: 495
  • 3 vehicles: 153
  • 4 vehicles: 49
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

67% of Lafayette County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 53% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 68% lived in Wisconsin.

Lafayette County:

66.9%
State average:

57.2%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $71,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lafayette County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (36.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (30.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.6%)
  • Wood (5.6%)
  • Electricity (3.9%)
  • Utility gas (28.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (24.4%)
  • Electricity (21.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.0%)
  • Wood (3.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 132
Here:

6.4%
Wisconsin:

16.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 14
Here:

1.1%
Wisconsin:

9.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 32
Here:

8.1%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Lafayette County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Lafayette County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Lafayette County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Lafayette County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Lafayette County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lafayette County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Lafayette County, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John23776.4 years
Mary18780.9 years
William17676.4 years
Robert12971.5 years
Joseph11177.8 years
Charles10175.5 years
James9973.8 years
Anna9584.9 years
George8978.5 years
Helen8579.8 years
Most common last names in Lafayette County, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson11179.1 years
Olson8979.7 years
Hanson5879.1 years
Larson5278.5 years
Thompson5080.0 years
Peterson4980.9 years
Smith4876.4 years
Nelson4680.5 years
Anderson4576.3 years
Hendrickson4178.2 years
Businesses in Lafayette County, WI
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1RadioShack1
Baymont Inn1Subway4
Decora Cabinetry2Super 81
H&R Block1True Value2
MasterBrand Cabinets2U-Haul1
McDonald's1U.S. Cellular1
Quality1UPS2
Browse common businesses in Lafayette County, WI

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