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Shell Lake, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

The City of Shell Lake had a population of 1,383 as of July 1, 2016. Shell Lake ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Wisconsin. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shell Lake is located at latitude 45.7264 and longitude -91.91 in Washburn County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shell Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.81 sq. miles and a water area of 4.39 sq. miles. Washburn County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,240 feet.

The City of Shell Lake (GNIS ID: 1584143) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shell Lake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Shell Lake, WI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,383
Population in Households 1,335
Population in Familes 1,050
Population in Group Qrtrs 48
Population Density1 238
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 611
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 376
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,038 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 408 (39.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 203 (19.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 427 (41.1%)
Median Home Value $145,058
Average Home Value $199,205


Median Household Income $40,118
Average Household Income $55,035
Per Capita Income $24,436
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.42% 0.3%
Households 0.45% 0.33%
Families 0.83% 0.32%
Median Household Income   1.58%
Per Capita Income   1.86%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Shell Lake, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shell Lake to the other 774 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 330 58th
Population Density1 # 630 19th
Diversity Index2 # 551 29th
Median Household Income # 659 15th
Per Capita Income # 474 39th

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