Wood County is a county located in central Wisconsin. As of the 2020 census, the population was 74,207. The county seat is Wisconsin Rapids. Wood County was created in 1856 and is named after Joseph Wood, who was a Wisconsin State Assemblyman. The county is known for its many lakes, rivers and outdoor recreational opportunities, including the Wood County Parks, the Wisconsin River and the Ice Age Trail. The county is home to the city of Wisconsin Rapids, which is the county’s largest city and the regional center for commerce, industry, healthcare, and education. The county also has several small towns and communities, including Marshfield, Nekoosa, and Port Edwards. The county has a diverse economy, with healthcare, manufacturing and service industries being the main drivers. The county is also known for its paper mills, which have been a staple industry in the area for many years.