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Alma, Wisconsin
—  City  —
Location of Alma, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°20′24″N 91°55′28″W / 44.34°N 91.92444°W / 44.34; -91.92444
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Buffalo
 - Total 7.8 sq mi (20.2 km2)
 - Land 5.9 sq mi (15.2 km2)
 - Water 1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 673 ft (205 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 942
 - Density 160.8/sq mi (62.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-01225[2]
GNIS feature ID 1560795[1]
Alma's business district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Alma is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County[3] in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 942 at the 2000 census. The city is surrounded by the Town of Alma. The motto for the city of Alma is "Step into Living History".



Alma is located at 44°20′24″N 91°55′27″W / 44.34°N 91.92417°W / 44.34; -91.92417 (44.340068, -91.924432)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.2 km²), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.2 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²) of it (24.81%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 942 people, 421 households, and 261 families residing in the city. The population density was 160.8 people per square mile (62.1/km²). There were 495 housing units at an average density of 84.5/sq mi (32.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.03% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, and 1.49% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 421 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,250, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $31,806 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,885. About 5.6% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.

Economy and recreation

Alma is one of many towns along the Great River Road, a collection of state, provincial, federal, and local roads that follow the course of the Mississippi River through ten U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The stretch that passes through Alma is designated a National Scenic Byway - a road recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for its archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, or scenic qualities. Alma's Main Street is listed on America's National Register of Historic Places because of its preservation of nineteenth century buildings built into the river bluffs in the style of a European village (a carryover from the city's original Swiss settlers). Along Main Street are several classic buildings fashioned into inns and bed and breakfasts, art galleries, gift shops, and restaurants.

The Great Alma Fishing Float has been an attraction to tourists, and is particularly popular during the annual walleye run. It is located next to Lock & Dam Number 4 on the Mississippi River.[5] Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 4, is a major nesting ground for the bald eagles that can be observed with great frequency from Alma's riverbank.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ The Great Alma Fishing Float

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