Chief Lake, WI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chief Lake, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

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The Chief Lake Census Designated Place had a population of 572 as of July 1, 2017. Chief Lake ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Wisconsin. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chief Lake is located at latitude 45.9387 and longitude -91.336 in Sawyer County. The formal boundaries for the Chief Lake Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.24 sq. miles and a water area of 2.35 sq. miles. Sawyer County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,339 feet.

The Chief Lake Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2393376) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Chief Lake Census Designated Place is located within Town of Hayward, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sawyer County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chief Lake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Chief Lake, WI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 572
Daytime Population: Workers 867
Daytime Population: Residents 362
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,229
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.15
Population in Households 568
Population in Familes 457
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 27
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $31,906
Average Household Income $44,234
Per Capita Income $15,915


Total Housing Units 538 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 108 (20.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 86 (16.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 344 (63.9%)
Median Home Value $135,526
Average Home Value $219,393


Total Households 194
Average Household Size 2.93
Family Households 133
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.26% -0.28%
Households -0.35% -0.31%
Families -0.61% -0.46%
Median Household Income   1.01%
Per Capita Income   2.34%

Chief Lake, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chief Lake to the other 774 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 500 36th
Population Density # 766 1st
Diversity Index # 46 94th
Median Household Income # 765 1st
Per Capita Income # 769 1st

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