Wabeno, Wisconsin

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Wabeno is a town in Forest County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,264 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Carter, Padus, Soperton, and Wabeno are located in the town.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 108.3 square miles (280.4 km²), of which, 107.3 square miles (278.0 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (0.88%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,828 people, 497 households, and 341 families residing in the town. The population density was 11.8 people per square mile (4.5/km²). There were 845 housing units at an average density of 7.9/sq mi (3.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 74.84% White, 0.32% African American, 20.65% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 3.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 497 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,768, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $27,321 versus $20,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,809. About 10.1% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

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