Location of Ashippun, Wisconsin
|• Chairman||Steve Panozzo|
|• Supervisors||William Bremmer|
|• Total||35.7 sq mi (92.5 km2)|
|• Land||35.6 sq mi (92.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||919 ft (280 m)|
|• Density||64.8/sq mi (25.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1582722|
Ashippun is a town in Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States. The census-designated place of Ashippun and unincorporated communities of Alderley and Old Ashippun are located in the town. The population was 2,308 at the 2000 census.
The primary community area is actually split into two parts, Ashippun and Old Ashippun. Old Ashippun was the original location, but when the first railroad was built several miles away, a large portion of the community relocated, as occurred with nearby Lebanon.
The name Ashippun is of Ojibwe origin. It is derived from ajiopan "decayed lungs". Another theory derives the name from the Indian word for "raccoon", which is what the Indians called the river flowing through the eastern part of the town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.5 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.25%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,308 people, 845 households, and 670 families residing in the town. The population density was 64.8 people per square mile (25.0/km²). There were 880 housing units at an average density of 24.7 per square mile (9.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.
There were 845 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the town, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $55,982, and the median income for a family was $60,347. Males had a median income of $37,363 versus $24,559 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,698. About 1.6% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
- Hans H. Olson, (1847–1912) Wisconsin State Representative
- Theodora W. Youmans, (1863–1932) journalist, writer, and women's suffrage activist was born in Ashippun.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Verwyst, Chrysostom. 1892. "Geographical Names in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, Having a Chippewa Origin". Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin 12: 390–398.
- 'Indian Names on Wisconsin's Map,' Virgil C. Vogel, University of Wisconsin Press: 1991, Names from Fauna, pg. 148
- Racine News Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine