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Pepin, Wisconsin
—  Village  —
Location of Pepin, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°26′33″N 92°8′52″W / 44.4425°N 92.14778°W / 44.4425; -92.14778Coordinates: 44°26′33″N 92°8′52″W / 44.4425°N 92.14778°W / 44.4425; -92.14778
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Pepin
 - Total 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 - Land 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 722 ft (220 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 878
 Density 1,254/sq mi (487/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Pepin is a village in Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 878 at the 2000 census. The village is located within the Town of Pepin.



By the mid-1600s, the French had begun to send expeditions into Wisconsin via the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River. King Louis XIII of France is believed to have granted a huge piece of land in the Upper Mississippi River Valley to two brothers, Etiene Pepin de la Fond and Guillaume dit Tranchemontagne. Two of Guillaume’s sons, Pierre Pepin and Jean Pepin du Cardonnets, later explored and traded in this area, and their surname became attached to the lake, and ultimately to the village and the county.[2]

The author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in the Pepin area, near Lund, Wisconsin, where her family lived. The village celebrates this every September with traditional music, craft demonstrations, a "Laura look-alike" contest, a spelling bee, and other events. The Little House Wayside is located seven miles northwest of the village, in the Town of Pepin.


Pepin is located at 44°26′33″N 92°8′52″W / 44.4425°N 92.14778°W / 44.4425; -92.14778 (44.442724, -92.147884)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.


Part of Pepin's business district

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 878 people, 381 households, and 241 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,238.1 people per square mile (477.5/km²). There were 430 housing units at an average density of 606.4/sq mi (233.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.29% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.57% Asian, and 0.68% from two or more races.

There were 381 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the village the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 28.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,319, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $31,393 versus $22,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,755. About 2.0% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ History of Pepin County
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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