Dane County, WI

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2022 Population
559,891
0.795% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ron Johnson
Republican Party
US Senator
Tammy Baldwin
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
35.5
0.282% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
10.9%
0.713% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$84,297
7.45% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$342,900
16.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
317,881
0.545% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Dane County, WI had a population of 560k people with a median age of 35.5 and a median household income of $84,297. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Dane County, WI grew from 555,474 to 559,891, a 0.795% increase and its median household income grew from $78,452 to $84,297, a 7.45% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dane County, WI are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.8%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.98%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.05%), and White (Hispanic) (2.72%).

None of the households in Dane County, WI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.2% of the residents in Dane County, WI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dane County, WI are University of Wisconsin-Madison (17,447 degrees awarded in 2022), Madison Area Technical College (3,280 degrees), and Herzing University-Madison (1,016 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Dane County, WI was $342,900, and the homeownership rate was 57.9%.

Most people in Dane County, WI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Dane County, WI was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Dane County, WI is home to a population of 560k people, from which 95.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.37% of Dane County, WI residents were born outside of the country (46.9k people).

In 2022, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (436k people) in Dane County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 27.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.2%
2022 Citizenship
94.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.2% of Dane County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Dane County, WI was 94.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dane County, WI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    436k ± 842
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    33k ± 837
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    27.9k ± 1.01k
6.79%
Hispanic Population
38k people

In 2022, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (436k people) in Dane County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 27.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.79% of the people in Dane County, WI are hispanic (38k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    84,791 ± 7,097 people
  2. India
    23,051 ± 3,720 people
  3. China
    15,381 ± 3,041 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 84,791 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,051 and China with 15,381.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.37%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
46.9k people
8.71%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
48.4k people

As of 2022, 8.37% of Dane County, WI residents (46.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dane County, WI was 8.71%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    7,394 ± 562
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,503 ± 561
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,778 ± 361

Dane County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.64 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Dane County, WI employs 318k people. The largest industries in Dane County, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,519 people), Educational Services (42,717 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (38,541 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($96,397), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($89,659), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($81,574).

Males in Wisconsin have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,062. The income inequality in Wisconsin (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

318k
2022 Value
± 4,620
0.545%
1 Year growth
± 2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dane County, WI grew at a rate of 0.545%, from 316k employees to 318k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dane County, WI, are Management Occupations (37,854 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (31,110 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (25,690 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dane County, WI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

318k
2022 Value
± 4,620
0.545%
1 Year growth
± 2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dane County, WI grew at a rate of 0.545%, from 316k employees to 318k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dane County, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,519 people), Educational Services (42,717 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (38,541 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dane County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Dane County, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$57,984
Median earning men ± $922
$45,414
Median earning women ± $702

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($86,458), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($84,826), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($83,143).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($63,880), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,333), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($61,255).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.6%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.95M people employed in Wisconsin. This represents a 1.6% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.3%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Wisconsin.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 4,714
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,776
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 3,699
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Dane County, WI went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 75.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (22.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.06%).

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing the state of Wisconsin. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Wisconsin

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Ron Johnson
Senator from Wisconsin3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tammy Baldwin
Senator from Wisconsin1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing Wisconsin.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Wisconsin

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Dane County, WI awarded 22,444 degrees. The student population of Dane County, WI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 30,000 male students and 37,527 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dane County, WI are White (14,960 and 74%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,514 and 7.49%), Asian (1,427 and 7.06%), and Black or African American (873 and 4.32%).

The largest universities in Dane County, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-Madison (17,447 and 77.7%), Madison Area Technical College (3,280 and 14.6%), and Herzing University-Madison (1,016 and 4.53%).

The most popular majors in Dane County, WI are General Computer & Information Sciences (1,074 and 4.79%), Registered Nursing (696 and 3.1%), and General Economics (551 and 2.45%).

The median tuition costs in Dane County, WI are $22,685 for private four year colleges, and $6,789 and $22,207 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Dane County, WI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 50.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 29.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 67,527 (44.4% men and 55.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 67,527 students enrolled in Dane County, WI, 44.4% men and 55.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 40,133 records, of which 57.3% were women and 42.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 745 degrees awarded
  2. 546 degrees awarded
  3. 519 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Dane County, WI was General Computer & Information Sciences with 745 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Dane County, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 17,447 degrees awarded
  2. 3,280 degrees awarded
  3. 1,016 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-Madison with 17,447 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 9,252 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dane County, WI, which is 0.701 times less than the 13,192 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 14,960 degrees mean that there were 9.88 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,514 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($22,685) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($930) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,547) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.697% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.597% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.02M), and Bachelors Degree (921k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dane County, WI was $342,900 in 2022, which is 1.22 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $294,500 to $342,900, a 16.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Dane County, WI is 57.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Dane County, WI have an average commute time of 20.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Dane County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Dane County, WI is $84,297. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Dane County, WI was Census Tract 9.01 with a value of $196,250, followed by Census Tract 102 and Census Tract 7, with respective values of $174,625 and $146,083.

In 2022, 15.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Dane County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.33%.

Property

$342,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,938
$139,432
Median Property Taxes
±$2,460

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Rent vs Own

57.9%
Homeownership
2022
62.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 57.9% of the housing units in Dane County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 58.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9.01
  2. Census Tract 102
  3. Census Tract 7

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dane County, WI was Census Tract 9.01 with a value of $196,250, followed by Census Tract 102 and Census Tract 7, with respective values of $174,625 and $146,083.

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Household Income

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$84,297
Median Household Income
± $1,578
241k
Number of Households
± 4,006

In 2022, the median household income of the 241k households in Dane County, WI grew to $84,297 from the previous year's value of $78,452.

The following chart displays the households in Dane County, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dane County, WI is from Wisconsin.
0.443
2022 Wage GINI in Wisconsin
0.443
2021 Wage GINI in Wisconsin

In 2022, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.043% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (67.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (15.2%)
  3. Carpooled (5.74%)

In 2022, 67.1% of workers in Dane County, WI drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (15.2%) and those who carpooled to work (5.74%).

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Commute Time

20.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dane County, WI have a shorter commute time (20.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.939% of the workforce in Dane County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Dane County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.33%.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dane County, WI (59.3k out of 546k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dane County, WI is White, followed by Asian and Two Or More.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 8.6% of the children was living in poverty in Dane County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 5.4%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 227 in Dane County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 15.9 per 100,000 population.

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Health

96.3% of the population of Dane County, WI has health coverage, with 65.2% on employee plans, 8.54% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 10.9% on non-group plans, and 0.917% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Dane County, WI see 769 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.774% decrease from the previous year (775 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1364 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 224 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

769 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dane County, WI

Primary care physicians in Dane County, WI see an average of 769 patients per year. This represents a 0.774% decrease from the previous year (775 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.8% under 18 years, 27.6% between 18 and 34 years, 36.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.68%
Uninsured
65.2%
Employer Coverage
8.54%
Medicaid
10.7%
Medicare
10.9%
Non-Group
0.917%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dane County, WI declined by 2.02% from 3.76% to 3.68%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 38.9 in Dane County, WI.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 32.8% in Dane County, WI.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 4.94% in Dane County, WI.

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