Colby, Wisconsin

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Colby, Wisconsin

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High Points

Colby strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Wisconsin):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 8% Colby Affordability of Rents
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Colby Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Colby Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Colby, Wisconsin

Comparing Colby to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Wisconsin (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 10
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Age of the Population 7 8
Racial Diversity 6 8
Well-Paid Single Men 5 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 7
Average Household Size 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 3
Median Family Income 6 3
College Educated Adults 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Short Commute Times 9 9
Public Transportation Use 7 6
Working at Home 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 4
People Living Alone 6 5
Housing Recently Built 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2

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Colby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles E of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 135 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Clark
Standard Zip Codes 54421
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.91
Longitude -90.315

Colby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station OWEN 3 W
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 19 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 78 F
Oct Temp 35 to 55 F
Annual Precip 33 inches
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 55 F
Annual Precip 33.2 inches
Distance 30.4 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 22 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32.4 inches
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Colby Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,616 100%
Male 753 46.6%
Female 863 53.4%
Under 18 406 25.1%
18+ 1,210 74.9%
65+ 391 24.2%
Median Age 40
Average Family Size 2.96
White 1,560 96.5%
African-American 3 0.2%
Asian 7 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.4%
Other 28 1.7%
Mixed Race 12 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 62 3.8%

Estimated Colby Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,664
Growth 48
Growth % 3%

Colby Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 69.4%
Norwegian 4.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.6%
English 4.1%
Polish 3.2%
Irish 2.7%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Dutch 1.6%
US/American 1.5%
Italian 1.1%
Danish 1%
Swedish 0.8%
Czech 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Belgian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Colby 1,616 $41,685
Abbotsford 1,956 $46,058
Curtiss 198 $34,167
Dorchester 827 $44,063
Spencer 1,932 $45,268
Stetsonville 563 $40,938
Unity 368 $47,813
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Colby High Schools (2004)

705 N 2ND ST
Serves 408 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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