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Buffalo City, Wisconsin
—  City  —
Coordinates: 44°13′59″N 91°51′44″W / 44.23306°N 91.86222°W / 44.23306; -91.86222Coordinates: 44°13′59″N 91°51′44″W / 44.23306°N 91.86222°W / 44.23306; -91.86222
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Buffalo
 - Total 6.0 sq mi (15.7 km2)
 - Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Water 3.9 sq mi (10.1 km2)
Elevation [1] 669 ft (204 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,040
 Density 486.2/sq mi (187.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-11062[2]
GNIS feature ID 1562364[1]

Buffalo City is a city in Buffalo County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 1,040 at the 2000 census.



The name may be derived from a buffalo animal husbandry operation in the past. The city was chartered in 1868. At that time it was the only city in Buffalo County and possibly the smallest city in the United States.[3]


Buffalo City is located at 44°13′59″N 91°51′44″W / 44.23306°N 91.86222°W / 44.23306; -91.86222 (44.233180, -91.862219)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it is land and 3.9 square miles (10.1 km²) of it (64.63%) is water.

It is located west of Cochrane, Wisconsin on the shore of Spring Lake, a backwater of the Mississippi River.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,040 people, 445 households, and 320 families residing in the city. The population density was 486.2 people per square mile (187.6/km²). There were 492 housing units at an average density of 230.0/sq mi (88.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.56% White, 0.19% African American, 0.48% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 445 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,318, and the median income for a family was $48,906. Males had a median income of $30,250 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,392. About 1.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.


Buffalo City is part of the Cochrane-Fountain City School district, whose school is located several miles south of town near the intersection of highways 35 and 88. The street address is S2770 State Highway 35, Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629. The school's principal is Steve Stoppelmoor. Athletically, the C-FC Pirates' cross-country team was the Wisconsin Division III Boys State Champion four consecutive years, from 1993 to 1996, and Girls State Champion in 1996, 1998, and 1999.


  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. 
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  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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