Chetek is a city in Barron County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 2,221 at the 2010 census. The city is located partially within the Town of Chetek.
The original inhabitants of the area were the Ojibwa Indians, who referred to the area as zhede (g), meaning pelican. This was translated into various spellings, such as Sheetak, Shetak, Shetuk, Chetack, until the first post office was opened in 1872. The spelling was then standardized to "Chetek."
In 1872, the Omaha Railroad began service to Chetek, the Knapp-Stout logging camp was established, and the first log schoolhouse was built.
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Chetek is located at 45°19′7″N 91°39′16″W (45.318656, -91.65447).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.13 square miles (8.11 km2), of which, 2.42 square miles (6.27 km2) is land and 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2) is water.
Chetek is along U.S. Highway 53; and also County Roads I and SS.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,221 people, 951 households, and 564 families living in the city. The population density was 917.8 inhabitants per square mile (354.4/km2). There were 1,104 housing units at an average density of 456.2 per square mile (176.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races.