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Porterfield, Wisconsin
Welcome sign at County Hwy E and State Hwy 64
Welcome sign at County Hwy E and State Hwy 64
Location of Porterfield, Wisconsin
Location of Porterfield, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°10′0″N 87°44′38″W / 45.16667°N 87.74389°W / 45.16667; -87.74389Coordinates: 45°10′0″N 87°44′38″W / 45.16667°N 87.74389°W / 45.16667; -87.74389
Country United States
State Wisconsin
 • Total53.3 sq mi (138.1 km2)
 • Land51.8 sq mi (134.1 km2)
 • Water1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
Elevation659 ft (201 m)
 • Total1,991
 • Density38.5/sq mi (14.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code55-64275[2]
GNIS feature ID1583957[1]

Porterfield is a town in Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,991 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Bagley Junction, Miles, Porterfield, Rubys Corner, and Walsh are located in the town.


The Town of Porterfield was separated from the original two townships in the county, Marinette and Peshtigo, on 26 March 1887.[3][4] It was named after a local farmer and businessman, John Porterfield.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.3 square miles (138.1 km2), of which, 51.8 square miles (134.1 km2) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2) of it (2.89%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,991 people, 770 households, and 603 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.5 people per square mile (14.8/km2). There were 848 housing units at an average density of 16.4 per square mile (6.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.95% White, 0.10% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.05% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.10% of the population.

There were 770 households, out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,898, and the median income for a family was $50,676. Males had a median income of $36,914 versus $23,958 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,025. About 4.2% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.


Porterfield is home to the annual Porterfield Country Music Festival, a weekend of open-air concerts held every summer which draws both local and nationally known country music artists such as Johnny Cash,[6] Charlie Daniels, Crystal Gayle,[7] Merle Haggard,[8] and Loretta Lynn.[9]

Artists who appeared at the 2005 Porterfield Country Music Festival included: Juice Newton, The Oak Ridge Boys, SHeDaisy, Glen Campbell, Sugarland, and Trick Pony.

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  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Marinette County: The Townships and Communities" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  4. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society. Dictionary of Wisconsin History.
  5. ^ Marinette County, Wisconsin
  6. ^ "Johnny Cash to Perform at 15th Porterfield Event." Marinette & Menominee Eagle-Herald, 14 May 1997, page A4.
  7. ^ "Crystal Gayle to Close Down Porterfield." Marinette & Menominee Eagle-Herald, 18 April 2000, page A4.
  8. ^ "Haggard Will Headline at Porterfield Festival." Marinette & Menominee Eagle-Herald, 4 May 1999, page A4.
  9. ^ "Loretta Lynn Will Headline at Porterfield." Marinette & Menominee Eagle-Herald, 4 May 1998, page A4.
  10. ^ "$7 Million Project Set for UW-Madison". The Post-Crescent. Appleton, WI. February 22, 1980. p. 18. Retrieved August 12, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ "Porterfield Man Heads Democrats". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay, WI. February 26, 1973. p. 8. Retrieved August 12, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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