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Door County, Wisconsin

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Door County is a county located in the state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population is 27,961. Its county seat is Sturgeon Bay. Door County is a popular vacation destination, especially for residents of Wisconsin and northern Illinois.


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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,138 km² (2,370 mi²). 1,250 km² (483 mi²) of it is land and 4,888 km² (1,887 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 79.63% water. The county also has more than 250 miles of shoreline, more than any other in the country. The county covers the majority of the Door Peninsula.

Geographical features

Limestone outcropings, part of the Niagara Escarpment, are visible on both shores of the peninsula, but are larger and more prominent on the Green Bay side. Progressions of dunes have created much of the rest of the shoreline, especially on the easterly side. Flora along the shore provides clear evidence of plant succession. The middle of the peninsula is mostly flat, cultivated land.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 27,961 people, 11,828 households, and 7,995 families residing in the county. The population density is 22/km² (58/mi²). There are 19,587 housing units at an average density of 16/km² (41/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 97.84% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 11,828 households out of which 26.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% are married couples living together, 6.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% are non-families. 28.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.33 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the county, the population is spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.50 males.

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