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Dane County Information

Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county and organized in 1839. It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory. Dane County was first settled in the 1840s by settlers from New England.

Dane County is governed by a county executive and a County Board of Supervisors. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote. The Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members, each elected from single member districts. As the policy-making body of the county government, the Board of Supervisors enacts county ordinances, levies taxes, and appropriates money for services.

Dane County Wisconsin Websites

Dane County Government - www.countyofdane.com
210 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Madison, WI 53703 - (608) 266-4121 (County Clerk)

Dane County Fair - www.danecountyfair.com
1919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison, WI 53713 - Dane County - (608) 224-0500

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Dane County Fair
919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison, WI 53713

Dane County Humane Society - www.giveshelter.org

5132 Voges Road, Madison WI 53718 - (608) 838-0413

Dane County Library Service - www.dcls.info

1874 South Stoughton Road, Madison WI 53716 - (608) 266-9297

Dane County Regional Airport - www.msnairport.com

4000 International Lane, Madison WI 53704 - (608) 246-3380

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Dane County Regional Airport
4000 International Lane, Madison WI 53704

Dane County Sheriff's Office - www.danesheriff.com

115 West Doty Street, Madison WI 53703 - (608) 284-6800 (General Information)

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Dane County Demographics

County SeatMadison
Year Created1836
Full Value
(2013 Assessment in thousands)
$49,755,216
Population (2016 Estimate)518,538
Population Rank (2016)2
Land Area (Sq. Miles)1,197.2
Land Area (Acres)766,233
Land Area Rank8
Inland Lakes Number63
Inland Lakes Number Rank37
Inland Lakes Acres21,788
Inland Lakes Acres Rank11
Population Density (2014 per Sq. Mile)419.5
Total Farms (2012)2,749
Highest Elevation (ft. above sea level)1489
Total Highway Mileage4,145.41
DNR Forests Acres (2015)0
DNR Wild Rivers Acres (2015)4,662
DNR Natural Areas Acres (2015)1,130
DNR Parks Acres (2015)2,689
DNR Fisheries Acres (2015)5,291
DNR Wildlife Acres (2015)10,608
DNR Other Acres (2015)4
DNR Total Acres (2015)24,384
US Forest Service Acres (2014)40
County Parks (including dog parks)25
County Dog Parks7
County Natural Resource Areas29
County Wildlife Areas15
County Historical/Cultural Sites3
County Forests2
County Maintained Trails (miles)> 100
County Campgrounds5

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