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:
Land area: 634 sq. mi. Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 27 people per square mile
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%).
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%)
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:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
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.
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
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
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.
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:
Wisconsin Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 3, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1966): April 5, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1966, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 5, 2008 to July 25, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1768): June 14, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1768, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Wisconsin Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3249): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3249, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 7, 2004 to July 3, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1526): June 18, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1526, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
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: FEMA-DR-1332, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Wisconsin Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 7, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-994): July 2, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-994, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Wisconsin Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornado, Incident Period: June 22, 1990 to July 19, 1990, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-874): July 13, 1990, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-874, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Wisconsin Severe Storms, Hail, Flooding, Tornadoes, Incident Period: July 7, 1978, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-559): July 7, 1978, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-559, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Wisconsin Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared (EM-3014): June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3014, Natural disaster type: Drought
Wisconsin Severe Storms, Icing, Wind, Flooding, Incident Period: March 23, 1976, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-496): March 23, 1976, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-496, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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).
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:
In family households: 14,220 (3,663 male householders, 908 female householders)
3,703 spouses, 5,140 children (4,854 natural, 89 adopted, 197 stepchildren), 165 grandchildren, 82 brothers or sisters, 60 parents, 80 other relatives, 380 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 2,496 (1,060 male householders (838 living alone)), 978 female householders (861 living alone)), 458 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 120 (98 institutionalized population)
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.
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:
58 per 1000 residents
65 per 1000 residents
47 per 1000 residents
44 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +10
+1 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +5
+0 per 1000 residents
+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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 71
2000 to 2004: 339
1990 to 1999: 557
1980 to 1989: 473
1970 to 1979: 985
1960 to 1969: 544
1950 to 1959: 557
1940 to 1949: 479
1939 or earlier: 3,080
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lafayette County, Wisconsin
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 12254
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