Ashland (Wisconsin)

Ashland County Bayfield County


Ashland is a city ( with a status of "City" ) and the administrative seat of Ashland County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. For a small part, the urban area extending into the Bayfield County. In 2010, Ashland had 8216 inhabitants, making it the largest city in both counties.


Ashland is located at 46 ° 35 'north latitude and 90 ° 52 ' west longitude and covers 35.4 km ² at an altitude of 213 meters above the sea level. The city is located on Lake Superior in the Chequamegonbucht.

Through the city into east-west direction of U.S. Highway 2 and the Wisconsin Highways 13, 112 and 137 The John F. Kennedy Memorial Airport is located in the five kilometers south of the city.

The town was connected to the railway network in the Chicago and North Western Railway, the train service is provided by Canadian National.

The nearest major cities are Duluth ( about 110 miles west), Wausau (about 250 km south-east ), the Canadian Thunder Bay (about 260 km as the crow north on the other side of Lake Superior ) and the Twin Cities ( Minneapolis and Saint Paul ) in Minnesota (about 300 km southwest). Ashland is located about 450 km north of Madison, the capital of the state.


In Ashland, there are four distinct seasons with a particularly cold winter. Because of the waterfront location on Lake Superior occurs in the city known as the Lake effect snow on snow heights of 3-6 meters.


Around the year 1500 the Ojibwe populated the area and named it " Sha -ga- waun -il -ong ". This expression is translated differently: Plain, area of ​​shallow water and where the surf is particularly large. Each of these translations is applicable and appropriate. The Ojibwe remained in the Chequamegonbucht about 100 years.

The French fur traders Pierre d' Esprit, le Sieur Radisson and Medard Chouart, le Sieur of Groseillers 1659 were the first Europeans in the Chequamegonbucht. The Ojibwe were disposed towards them hospitable. The dwellings of the French are now commonly referred to as the first European dwellings in Wisconsin.

The region has a rich history with ten different Indian tribes, three different colonial powers and the consecutive membership in the Northwest Territory, the Indiana Territory, Michigan Territory, Illinois Territory and Wisconsin Territory.


According to the census in 2010 lived in Ashland 8216 people in 3516 households. The population density was 236.8 inhabitants per square kilometer. In the 3516 households lived statistically 2.17 per person.

The racial the population was composed of 87.0 percent white, 0.5 percent African American, 7.5 percent Native American, 0.5 percent Asian and 0.5 percent from other ethnic groups; 4.0 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity, 2.1 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

21.0 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 62.7 percent were between 18 and 64 and 16.3 percent were 65 years or older. 51.8 percent of the population was female.

The median annual income for a household was $ 36,768. The per capita income was $ 21,415. 17.8 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Persons that are associated with the city

  • William D. Leahy (1875-1959), Commodore of the U.S. Navy, the first five-star General, Governor of Puerto Rico,
  • John Szarkowski (1925-2007), Photographic art historian, art critic, curator and photographer.

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