Ashland County, WI

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Population

15,779

0.985% decline

Median Age

41.7


Median Household Income

$41,505

3% growth

Poverty Rate

14.6%


Number of Employees

7,366

1.43% decline

Median Property Value

$107,400

1.2% decline

About

In 2017, Ashland County, WI had a population of 15.8k people with a median age of 41.7 and a median household income of $41,505. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ashland County, WI declined from 15,936 to 15,779, a -0.985% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,297 to $41,505, a 3% increase.

The population of Ashland County, WI is 82.7% White Alone, 10.6% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 3.18% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Ashland County, WI speak a non-English language, and 99.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ashland County, WI are Northland College (158 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Ashland County, WI is $107,400, and the homeownership rate is 68.5%. Most people in Ashland County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Ashland County, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Ashland County, WI employs 7.37k people. The largest industries in Ashland County, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,370 people), Manufacturing (943 people), and Retail Trade (882 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($55,952), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,833), and Transportation & Warehousing ($42,500).

Median household income in Ashland County, WI is $41,505. Males in Ashland County, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Ashland County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,505

2017 value

± $2,162

3%

1 Year Growth

± 7.08%

Households in Ashland County, WI have a median annual income of $41,505, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,297 in 2016, which represents a 3% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ashland County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9505

  2. Census Tract 9503

  3. Census Tract 9507

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ashland County, WI was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $54,000, followed by Census Tract 9503 and Census Tract 9507, with respective values of $41,801 and $40,139.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ashland County, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ashland County, WI (2.22k out of 15.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,551 ± 171

  2. Native American

    498 ± 82

  3. Hispanic

    118 ± 76

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ashland County, WI is White, followed by Native American and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.37k

2017 Value

± 370

-1.43%

1 Year decline

± 7.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ashland County, WI declined at a rate of -1.43%, from 7.47k employees to 7.37k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ashland County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (854 people), Production Occupations (679 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (652 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ashland County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ashland County, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (854 people), Production Occupations (679 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (652 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ashland County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.87 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.62 times), and Production Occupations (1.59 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ashland County, WI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($70,313), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($68,269), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($65,588).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.37k

2017 Value

± 370

-1.43%

1 Year decline

± 7.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ashland County, WI declined at a rate of -1.43%, from 7.47k employees to 7.37k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ashland County, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,370 people), Manufacturing (943 people), and Retail Trade (882 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ashland County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Ashland County, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ashland County, WI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,370 people), Manufacturing (943 people), and Retail Trade (882 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ashland County, WI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.97 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.34 times), and Public Administration (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ashland County, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($55,952), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,833), and Transportation & Warehousing ($42,500).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($28B) and Machinery ($26B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.5% of the population of Ashland County, WI has health coverage, with 42.2% on employee plans, 22.7% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 1.86% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ashland County, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Ashland County, WI see 660 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.64% decrease from the previous year (671 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1429 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 383 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

660 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ashland County, WI see an average of 660 patients per year. This represents a 1.64% decrease from the previous year (671 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ashland County, WI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.52%

Uninsured

42.2%

Employer Coverage

22.7%

Medicaid

12.2%

Medicare

14.5%

Non-Group

1.86%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ashland County, WI declined by 22.8% from 8.45% to 6.52%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ashland County, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ashland County, WI is home to a population of 15.8k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.792% of Ashland County, WI residents were born outside of the country (125 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ashland County, WI is composed of 13k White Alone residents (82.7%), 1.68k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (10.6%), 501 Two or More Races residents (3.18%), 417 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.64%), 69 Black or African American Alone residents (0.437%), 67 Asian Alone residents (0.425%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ashland County, WI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

51

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ashland County, WI was 41.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in Ashland County, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ashland County, WI residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.792%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

125 people

1.09%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

174 people

As of 2017, 0.792% of Ashland County, WI residents (125 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ashland County, WI was 1.09%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

99.5%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.5% of Ashland County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ashland County, WI was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13k ± 14

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.68k ± 119

  3. Two or More Races

    501 ± 141

In 2017, there were 7.79 times more White Alone residents (13k people) in Ashland County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.68k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 501 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ashland County, WI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Ashland County, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Ashland County, WI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ashland County, WI are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    478 ± 81

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    125 ± 51

  3. Korea

    114 ± 39

Ashland County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ashland County, WI awarded 158 degrees. The student population of Ashland County, WI is skewed towards women, with 284 male students and 298 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ashland County, WI are White (132 and 84.1%), followed by Unknown (8 and 5.1%), Hispanic or Latino (7 and 4.46%), and Two or More Races (5 and 3.18%).

The largest universities in Ashland County, WI by number of degrees awarded are Northland College (158 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Ashland County, WI are General Biological Sciences (23 and 14.6%), Other Natural Resource & Conservation (16 and 10.1%), and Community Organization & Advocacy (13 and 8.23%).

The median tuition costs in Ashland County, WI are $31,980 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 23 degrees awarded

  2. 16 degrees awarded

  3. 13 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ashland County, WI was General Biological Sciences with 23 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

158 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$31,980

Median Private

In 2016, the Ashland County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northland College with 158 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

78

Degrees Awarded to Men

80

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 78 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ashland County, WI, which is 0.975 times less than the 80 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    132 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    8 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    7 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ashland County, WI were to White students. These 132 degrees mean that there were 16.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 8 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ashland County, WI was $107,400 in 2017, which is 0.494 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $108,700 to $107,400, a 1.2% decrease. The homeownership rate in Ashland County, WI is 68.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ashland County, WI have an average commute time of 15.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ashland County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,505

Median Household Income

± $2,162

6.5k

Number of Households

± 349

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.5k households in Ashland County, WI grew to $41,505 from the previous year's value of $40,297.

The following chart displays the households in Ashland 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$107,400

2017 Median

± $6,302

$108,700

2016 Median

± $6,263

In 2017, the median property value in Ashland County, WI declined from to $107,400 from the previous year's value of $108,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ashland County, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ashland County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ashland County, WI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ashland County, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

68.5%

2017 Homeownership

69.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.5% of the housing units in Ashland County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ashland County, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ashland County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ashland County, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

15.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ashland County, WI have a shorter commute time (15.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.67% of the workforce in Ashland County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.2%

  2. Carpooled

    10.5%

  3. Walked

    8.41%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ashland County, WI was Drove Alone (74.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.5%) and those who Walked (8.41%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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