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Location of Oconto, Wisconsin
Welcome signs on U.S. Route 41
Looking north at the eastern terminus of Wisconsin Highway 22 at U.S. Route 41 in Oconto

Oconto is a city in Oconto County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 4,708 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located partially within the town of Oconto.

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History

Oconto is home to Copper Culture State Park, which has remains dated to around 5000-6000 B.C. It is a burial ground of the Copper Culture Indians. This burial ground is considered to be the oldest cemetery in Wisconsin and one of the oldest in the nation.

French Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest and missionary, Father Claude-Jean Allouez said the first Mass in Oconto.

Geography

Oconto is located at 44°53′15″N 87°52′13″W / 44.8875°N 87.87028°W / 44.8875; -87.87028 (44.887714, -87.870423)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.1 km²), of which, 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (6.39%) is water.

Oconto is located at the mouth of the Oconto river which feeds into Lake Michigan.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,708 people, 1,870 households, and 1,221 families residing in the city. The population density was 683.7 people per square mile (263.8/km²). There were 2,040 housing units at an average density of 296.2/sq mi (114.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.79% White, 0.02% Black or African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,870 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,589, and the median income for a family was $43,676. Males had a median income of $27,455 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,717. About 5.2% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Oconto has three schools: Oconto Elementary School, Oconto Middle School, and Oconto High School.

Transportation

Notable businesses

  • Holt Instrument Laboratories, a global supplier of precision voltage and amperage calibration equipment.
  • Cruisers yachts, a builder of luxury pleasure yachts

Notable residents

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