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Superior, Wisconsin
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Superior, Wisconsin

Superior is the county seat of Douglas County, Wisconsin. A city with a population of 27,368 as of the 2000 census, Superior is located at the western end of Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin. It is often overshadowed today, as it was in the past, by its twin port of Duluth, Minnesota. Duluth and Superior form a single metropolitan area called the Twin Ports and share a harbor that is one of the most important ports on the Great Lakes. Both cities have museums devoted to the local nautical heritage.

Superior's major industries have traditionally centered around its value as a transfer station. Trucking, railroads, and Great Lakes shipping bring people from around the United States and the world to this city. Among the items shipped out are iron ore (taconite) from Minnesota's Iron Range and grain. Superior is also the home of the University of Wisconsin-Superior.


to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 143.6 km² (55.4 mi²).  95.7 km² (36.9 mi²) of it is land and 47.9 km² (18.5 mi²) of it is water.  The total area is 33.36% water.


As of the
census of 2000, there are 27,368 people, 11,609 households, and 6,698 families residing in the city. The population density is 286.1/km² (740.9/mi²). There are 12,196 housing units at an average density of 127.5 persons/km² (330.2 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.26% White, 0.68% African American, 2.23% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 11,609 households out of which 27.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% are married couples living together, 12.3% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 42.3% are non-families. 34.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.26 and the average family size is 2.91.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,921, and the median income for a family is $41,093. Males have a median income of $33,712 versus $22,073 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,253. 13.4% of the population and 9.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.0% are under the age of 18 and 7.8% are 65 or older.