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Dane County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsinmarker. Its estimated population in 2007 was 476,785. The county seat is Madisonmarker. The U.S. Census Bureau's Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Dane County (as well as neighboring Iowamarker and Columbiamarker counties). Dane County is made up of more than 60 cities, towns, and villages.

Dane County is the second most populous county in Wisconsin behind Milwaukee County. The governing body of Dane County is the Dane County Board of Supervisors.


Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county. It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory.


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dane County.

As of the census of 2000, there were 426,526 people, 173,484 households, and 100,794 families residing in the county. The population density was 355 people per square mile (137/km²). There were 180,398 housing units at an average density of 150 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.96% White, 4.00% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 3.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.4% were of German, 11.5% Norwegian, 8.9% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 173,484 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 32.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.


Dane County is governed by a county executive and a county legislature. The county legislature known as the Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members each elected from single member districts. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,207 km²), of which, 1,202 square miles (3,113 km²) of it is land and 36 square miles (94 km²) of it (2.94%) is water.

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Political map of Dane County
Dane County Cities

Dane County Villages

Dane County Towns

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Unincorporated communities

Wisconsin State Capitol in Dane County

See also


  1. Transport 2020 | Study Information
  2. Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles

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