Rio, Wisconsin

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Rio (pronounced /ˈraɪoʊ/[3]) is a village in Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 938 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Rio is located at 43°26′52″N 89°14′26″W / 43.44778°N 89.24056°W / 43.44778; -89.24056 (43.447914, -89.240557)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land. Rio was once a thriving farm community but the number of family farms has decreased tremendously, even while the number of acres being farmed has increased. It is within commuting distance of the capital city of Madison, so some farm land is slowly being converted to housing tracts. The public schools are central to community life and they enjoy a high quality of education due in part to the town's proximity to Madison.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 938 people, 379 households, and 258 families residing in the village. The population density was 751.4 people per square mile (289.7/km²). There were 401 housing units at an average density of 321.2/sq mi (123.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.08% White, 0.11% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.75% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 379 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.95.

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