Boulder Junction, Wisconsin

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Boulder Junction is a town in Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 958 at the 2000 census.

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Economy

The town's economy depends heavily on tourism, as do many towns in the surrounding lakeland area. Boulder Junction is also home to many summer camps, including Camp Manito-wish, boyhood summer camp of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and Camp Red Arrow, the boyhood summer camp of Chris Farley.

Boulder Junction holds a trademark as the "Musky Capital of the World," based on the fact that more muskies are caught per square mile than any other similar sized area of the world.[citation needed]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 100.4 square miles (260.0 km2), of which, 81.9 square miles (212.2 km2) of it is land and 18.5 square miles (47.8 km2) of it (18.40%) is water. Most of the water is smaller and medium sized lakes, and most of the land is forested in tree typical of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest band. The unincorporated community of Boulder Junction is located in the town.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 958 people, 445 households, and 303 families residing in the town. The population density was 11.7 people per square mile (4.5/km2). There were 1,407 housing units at an average density of 17.2/sq mi (6.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.23% White, 0.52% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.

There were 445 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.62.

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