Sawyer County, WI

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Population

16,384

0.329% decline

Median Age

49.7


Median Household Income

$43,565

4.05% growth

Poverty Rate

17.7%


Number of Employees

7,254

2.59% growth

Median Property Value

$161,700

1.19% growth

About

In 2017, Sawyer County, WI had a population of 16.4k people with a median age of 49.7 and a median household income of $43,565. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sawyer County, WI declined from 16,438 to 16,384, a -0.329% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,869 to $43,565, a 4.05% increase.

The population of Sawyer County, WI is 76.9% White Alone, 17.2% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 2.47% Hispanic or Latino. 3.52% of the people in Sawyer County, WI speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sawyer County, WI are Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (73 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Sawyer County, WI is $161,700, and the homeownership rate is 73%. Most people in Sawyer County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Sawyer County, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Sawyer County, WI employs 7.25k people. The largest industries in Sawyer County, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,011 people), Retail Trade (959 people), and Manufacturing (798 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($55,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,988), and Public Administration ($47,000).

Median household income in Sawyer County, WI is $43,565. Males in Sawyer 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 Sawyer County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,565

2017 value

± $1,746

4.05%

1 Year Growth

± 5.75%

Households in Sawyer County, WI have a median annual income of $43,565, 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 $41,869 in 2016, which represents a 4.05% 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 Sawyer County, WI 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 Sawyer County, WI 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 Sawyer 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1005

  2. Census Tract 1004

  3. Census Tract 1003

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sawyer County, WI was Census Tract 1005 with a value of $51,750, followed by Census Tract 1004 and Census Tract 1003, with respective values of $50,161 and $40,845.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sawyer County, WI (2.83k out of 15.9k 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 Females < 5 and then Females 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

    1,464 ± 161

  2. Native American

    1,054 ± 112

  3. Two Or More

    162 ± 87

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

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

7.25k

2017 Value

± 354

2.59%

1 Year growth

± 6.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sawyer County, WI grew at a rate of 2.59%, from 7.07k employees to 7.25k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sawyer County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (892 people), Management Occupations (776 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (745 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sawyer County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sawyer County, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (892 people), Management Occupations (776 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (745 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sawyer County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.45 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.37 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sawyer County, WI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,917), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,125), and Management Occupations ($55,643).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.25k

2017 Value

± 354

2.59%

1 Year growth

± 6.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sawyer County, WI grew at a rate of 2.59%, from 7.07k employees to 7.25k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sawyer County, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,011 people), Retail Trade (959 people), and Manufacturing (798 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sawyer County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Sawyer 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 Sawyer County, WI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,011 people), Retail Trade (959 people), and Manufacturing (798 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sawyer County, WI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.9 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.71 times), and Construction (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sawyer County, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($55,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,988), and Public Administration ($47,000).

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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 with $28B and Machinery and $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

91% of the population of Sawyer County, WI has health coverage, with 35.4% on employee plans, 22.7% on Medicaid, 18.2% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.89% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Sawyer County, WI see 963 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.23% decrease from the previous year (1027 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1488 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 390 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

963 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Sawyer County, WI see an average of 963 patients per year. This represents a 6.23% decrease from the previous year (1027 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sawyer 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%).

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Access and Quality

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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

9.04%

Uninsured

35.4%

Employer Coverage

22.7%

Medicaid

18.2%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

1.89%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sawyer County, WI declined by 15.5% from 10.7% to 9.04%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sawyer 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

Sawyer County, WI is home to a population of 16.4k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.52% of Sawyer County, WI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Sawyer County, WI is composed of 12.6k White Alone residents (76.9%), 2.82k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (17.2%), 405 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.47%), 362 Two or More Races residents (2.21%), 109 Black or African American Alone residents (0.665%), 79 Asian Alone residents (0.482%), 3 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0183%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Sawyer County, WI are Other Native North American Languages (260 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (114 speakers), and German (49 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

50

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sawyer County, WI was 49.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 50, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Sawyer County, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Sawyer County, WI residents was 50.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.52%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.52% of Sawyer County, WI residents 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 Sawyer County, WI was 1.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Sawyer County, WI was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Sawyer County, WI residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

99.4%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.4% of Sawyer County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sawyer County, WI was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    12.6k ± 8

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    2.82k ± 96

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    405 ± 107

In 2017, there were 4.46 times more White Alone residents (12.6k people) in Sawyer County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.82k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 405 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Other Native North American Languages

    260 speakers (1.67%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    114 speakers (0.732%)

  3. German

    49 speakers (0.315%)

3.52% of Sawyer County, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Sawyer County, WI was Other Native North American Languages. 1.67% of the overall population of Sawyer County, WI are native Other Native North American Languages speakers. 0.732% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.315% speak Other Native North American Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    615 ± 74

  2. Korea

    128 ± 33

  3. World War II

    100 ± 47

Sawyer County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.8 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Sawyer County, WI awarded 73 degrees. The student population of Sawyer County, WI is skewed towards women, with 107 male students and 181 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sawyer County, WI are American Indian or Alaska Native (55 and 75.3%), followed by White (14 and 19.2%), Black or African American (4 and 5.48%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Sawyer County, WI by number of degrees awarded are Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (73 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sawyer County, WI are Registered Nursing (17 and 23.3%), Hopsitality & Recreation Marketing Operations (9 and 12.3%), and Accounting (8 and 11%).

The median tuition costs in Sawyer County, WI are $N/A 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. 17 degrees awarded

  2. 8 degrees awarded

  3. 7 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sawyer County, WI was Registered Nursing with 17 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

73 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Sawyer County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College with 73 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

14

Degrees Awarded to Men

59

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 14 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sawyer County, WI, which is 0.237 times less than the 59 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. American Indian or Alaska Native

    55 degrees awarded

  2. White

    14 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    4 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sawyer County, WI were to American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 55 degrees mean that there were 3.93 times more American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 14 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sawyer County, WI was $161,700 in 2017, which is 0.743 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $159,800 to $161,700, a 1.19% increase. The homeownership rate in Sawyer County, WI is 73%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sawyer County, WI have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sawyer 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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$43,565

Median Household Income

± $1,746

7.57k

Number of Households

± 333

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.57k households in Sawyer County, WI grew to $43,565 from the previous year's value of $41,869.

The following chart displays the households in Sawyer 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

$161,700

2017 Median

± $4,907

$159,800

2016 Median

± $4,169

In 2017, the median property value in Sawyer County, WI grew to to $161,700 from the previous year's value of $159,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sawyer 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 Sawyer County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sawyer County, WI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sawyer County, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

73%

2017 Homeownership

73.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73% of the housing units in Sawyer County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sawyer 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 Sawyer County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sawyer County, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sawyer County, WI have a shorter commute time (19.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.87% of the workforce in Sawyer County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.2%

  2. Carpooled

    15%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.01%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sawyer County, WI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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