Eleva, Wisconsin

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Eleva is a village in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, along the Buffalo River. The population was 635 at the 2000 census.



The village was originally named "New Chicago". The grain elevator had the letters "ELEVA" painted on it before winter struck. Newcomers assumed the letters was the name of the village.[3]


Eleva is located at 44°34′31″N 91°28′16″W / 44.57528°N 91.47111°W / 44.57528; -91.47111 (44.575298, -91.471019)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it is land and 1.79% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 635 people, 277 households, and 175 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,169.0 people per square mile (454.0/km²). There were 290 housing units at an average density of 533.9/sq mi (207.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.43% White, 0.16% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% Asian, and 1.10% from two or more races.

There were 277 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% 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 2.89.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $41,964. Males had a median income of $30,294 versus $21,618 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,814. About 5.6% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

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