Westby, Wisconsin

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Westby is a city in Vernon County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,045 at the 2000 census.



Westby was named after general store owner and Civil War Union soldier Ole T. Westby of Biri, Norway, where many of the city's Norwegian-American settlers originated.[3] The Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby was begun in 1851.


Westby is located at 43°39′14″N 90°51′33″W / 43.65389°N 90.85917°W / 43.65389; -90.85917 (43.653861, -90.859034)[4], at the headwaters of the Bad Axe River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,045 people, 840 households, and 554 families residing in the city. The population density was 841.9 people per square mile (324.9/km²). There were 906 housing units at an average density of 373.0/sq mi (144.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.12% White (mostly Norwegian-American), 0.24% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 0.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 840 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.92.

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