Phelps, Wisconsin

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Phelps is a town in Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,350 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Phelps is located in the town.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 108.8 square miles (281.8 km²), of which, 94.9 square miles (245.7 km²) of it is land and 14.0 square miles (36.2 km²) of it (12.83%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,350 people, 560 households, and 411 families residing in the town. The population density was 14.2 people per square mile (5.5/km²). There were 1,605 housing units at an average density of 16.9/sq mi (6.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.56% White, 1.19% Native American, 0.30% Asian, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 560 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 27.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,574, and the median income for a family was $37,589. Males had a median income of $30,769 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,337. About 5.8% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.


Several hunting and fishing clubs are located in Phelps, including the historic Big Sand Lake Club.


Eagle River

Arbor Vitae | Boulder Junction | Cloverland | Conover | Lac du Flambeau | Land O' Lakes | Lincoln | Manitowish Waters | Phelps | Plum Lake | Presque Isle | St. Germain | Washington | Winchester

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