Pepin, Wisconsin
Pepin is a village in Pepin County, Wisconsin
Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States and is part of the Midwest. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin's capital is...

, United States
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. The population was 837 at the 2010 census. The village is located within the Town of Pepin
Pepin (town), Wisconsin
Pepin is a town in Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 580 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Barry Corner, Devils Corners, Hawkins Corners, and Lakeport are located in the town...



By the mid-17th century, the French had begun to send expeditions into Wisconsin via the Great Lakes
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 and Saint Lawrence River
Saint Lawrence River
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. King Louis XIII of France
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 is believed to have granted a huge piece of land in the Upper Mississippi River
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 Valley to two brothers, Etiene Pepin de la Fond and Guillaume dit Tranchemontagne. Two of Guillaume’s sons, Pierre Pepin and Jean Pepin du Cardonnets, later explored and traded in this area, and their surname became attached to the lake, and ultimately to the village and the county.

The author Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder
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 was born in the Pepin area, near Lund, Wisconsin
Lund, Wisconsin
Lund is an unincorporated community located in two counties of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It lies on the county line between Pepin County, in the town of Pepin, and Pierce County, in the town of Maiden Rock, in central western Wisconsin, along the junctions of county highways "SS", "CC" , and "J"...

, where her family lived. The village celebrates this every September with traditional music, craft demonstrations, a "Laura look-alike" contest, a spelling bee
Spelling bee
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, and other events. The Little House Wayside
Little House Wayside
The Little House Wayside is a rest area located in Pepin County, Wisconsin approximate seven miles northwest of Pepin, Wisconsin, in the town of Pepin, and approximately one mile southeast of Lund, on County Highway CC , on the plot where Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867.The site...

 is located seven miles northwest of the village, in the Town of Pepin
Pepin (town), Wisconsin
Pepin is a town in Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 580 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Barry Corner, Devils Corners, Hawkins Corners, and Lakeport are located in the town...



Pepin is located at 44°26′33"N 92°8′52"W (44.442724, -92.147884).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 878 people, 381 households, and 241 families residing in the village. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,238.1 people per square mile (477.5/km²). There were 430 housing units at an average density of 606.4 per square mile (233.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.29% White, 0.11% Black or African American
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, 0.34% Native American, 0.57% Asian, and 0.68% from two or more races.

There were 381 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples
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 living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the village the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 28.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,319, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $31,393 versus $22,875 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the village was $17,755. About 2.0% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.
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