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Shell Lake, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

The City of Shell Lake had a population of 1,346 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 1,346
Daytime Population: Workers 1,463
Daytime Population: Residents 761
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,224
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.65
Population in Households 1,298
Population in Familes 1,018
Population in Group Qrtrs 48
Population Density2 232
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $41,643
Average Household Income $58,035
Per Capita Income $25,751


Total Housing Units 1,021 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 389 (38.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 202 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 430 (42.1%)
Median Home Value $146,037
Average Home Value $199,297


Total Households 591
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 363
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 -0.01% -0.25%
Households -0.07% -0.27%
Families 0.23% -0.39%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   3.11%

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, 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 # 337 57th
Population Density # 633 18th
Diversity Index # 528 32nd
Median Household Income # 681 12th
Per Capita Income # 492 37th

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