Sanborn, Wisconsin

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Sanborn is a town in Ashland County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 1,272 at the 2000 census.



The town was created on March 23, 1899 and supposedly named after Senator A.W. Sanborn, a member of the Wisconsin State Senate, who held a large area of land in the vicinity.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 160.8 square miles (416.3 km²), of which, 156.4 square miles (405.1 km²) of it is land and 4.3 square miles (11.3 km²) of it (2.71%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,272 people, 428 households, and 321 families residing in the town. The population density was 8.1 people per square mile (3.1/km²). There were 531 housing units at an average density of 3.4/sq mi (1.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 12.97% White, 84.51% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.22% of the population.

There were 428 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.5% were married couples living together, 30.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the town the population was spread out with 38.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,711, and the median income for a family was $27,625. Males had a median income of $25,150 versus $20,272 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,664. About 23.7% of families and 27.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.8% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Coordinates: 46°32′29″N 90°40′19″W / 46.54139°N 90.67194°W / 46.54139; -90.67194

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