Wheatland, Kenosha County, Wisconsin

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Wheatland is a town in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 3,292 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of New Munster and Slades Corners are located in the town.

Settlement in the town is centered along 328th Avenue (Kenosha County Highway W) north of 60th Street (Kenosha County Highway K). The former Wisconsin Central Railway Chicago-Twin Cities main line (now the Canadian National Railway) also runs through the town; a passenger and freight station used was located here well into the 20th century.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.0 square miles (62.2 km2), of which, 23.5 square miles (61.0 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km2) of it (1.96%) is water.

History

Wheatland was formed on May 7, 1842. Its name is derived from the wheat, which was said to grow well in the rich soil in the area. The first constable was James B. Powers, for whom Powers Lake is named.

When the Town of Wheatland was formed, it was originally in Racine County. On January 30, 1850 the town was transferred to Kenosha County, where it remains today.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,292 people, 1,209 households, and 893 families residing in the town. The population density was 139.8 people per square mile (54.0/km2). There were 1,379 housing units at an average density of 58.6/sq mi (22.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.12% White, 0.49% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 1,209 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.15.

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