Introduction to Ashland, Wisconsin

Ashland, Wisconsin, in Ashland county, is located 59 miles E of Duluth, Minnesota (center to center) and is 155 miles NE of St. Paul, Minnesota. There are approximately 8,620 people in the city.

Ashland History

Ashland is the county seat of Ashland County. The city of Ashland was named for the home of Henry Clay, a statesman. The city was incorporated on March 25, 1887. The Cheppewa Indians were the original inhabitants of Ashland. The first white men to come to Ashland were the French Missionaries and British and French traders. They entered Ashland in 1659 via the Lake Superior. The first white man to build a home and settle down in Ashland was Asaph Whittlesay.

Ashland and nearby Attractions

  • Ashland Museum
  • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
  • Chequamegon National Forest
  • Copper Falls State Park
  • Prentice Park
  • Ashland Marina

Things To Do In Ashland

Ashland has a number of parks and recreation centers for visitors. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior is a good choice for a family outing. There are facilities for camping, boating, scuba diving, and sailing. There are a few museums in the city and in its vicinity. Ashland Historical Society Museum is an abundant resource for historical information. The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and the Split Rock Lighthouse are interesting tourist attractions near the city.

Ashland Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Ashland Higher Education

Residents of Ashland can pursue higher education at the Northland College, University of Minnesota - Duluth, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.


Total Population 8,116
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,878
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.2%
Median Earnings25+ $30,204
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,764
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,944


Median Family Income $50,152
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 40.4%
Median Gross Rent $649
Median House Value $106,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 8.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ashland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 59 miles E of Duluth, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 155 miles NE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Ashland
Standard Zip Codes 54806
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.592
Longitude -90.883

Ashland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 20 F
Apr Temp 29 to 50 F
Jul Temp 55 to 79 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 21 F
Apr Temp 28 to 48 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 36 to 55 F
Annual Precip 33.1 inches
Station MELLEN 4 NE
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 19 F
Apr Temp 28 to 51 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 34 to 54 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ashland, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bad River Indian Reservation (54806)

Lac Courte Oreilles Indian R (54806)

Lac du Flambeau Reservation (54806)

Moquah (54806)

Oneida Indian Reservation (54806)

Potawatomi Indian Reservatio (54806)

Red Cliff Indian Reservation (54806)

Sanborn (54806)

Stockbridge Indian Reservati (54806)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bayfield 544 $47,031
Mellen 699 $50,417

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ashland Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(715) 685-5500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ashland High Schools

Serves 809 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

Ashland Colleges

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Historic Ashland


Ashland (sunset across the river) between 1880 and 1899

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Ashland (sunset across the river) between 1880 and 1899

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