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Overview

Introduction to Baraboo, Wisconsin

Baraboo, Wisconsin, in Sauk county, is located 32 miles NW of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 97 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Baraboo History

The early settlers of Baraboo were attracted to its abundant water supply and ideal location. In its initial years, lumber industry flourished in the city. Agriculture was also important. The Village of Baraboo was created by a charter election in 1866. It became a city on April 1, 1882. The city was named after the Baribeau brothers, who settled in the area. The city of Baraboo is the county seat of Sauk County.

Baraboo and nearby Attractions

  • Sauk County Historical Museum
  • Devil's Lake State Park
  • Circus World Museum
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Mirror Lake State Park
  • Ochsner Park & Zoo

Things To Do In Baraboo

Baraboo has numerous parks and open spaces such as the Pierce Park, Broadway Park, Attridge Park, Campbell Park, Mary Roundtree Evans Athletic Field, Haskins Park, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Deppe Park, and Ochsner Park. History buffs should visit the local museums like Sauk County Historical Museum and Circus World Museum. One can also plan a day trip to the Devil's Lake State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, and Mirror Lake State Park. The Baraboo Golf Club provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts. Local celebrations include Fighting Bob Fest, River Rendezvous, Old Fashioned Day, and Sauk County Fair.

Baraboo Transportation

One can avail air transportation from Dane County Regional Airport -Truax Field.

Baraboo Higher Education

University of Wisconsin Colleges, Madison Area Technical College, and University of Wisconsin - Madison provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 12,071
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,807
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,154
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,957
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,849

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,638
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.4%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $681
Median House Value $140,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.3%
Irish 15.5%

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

Baraboo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles NW of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Sauk
Standard Zip Codes 53913
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.471
Longitude -89.744

Baraboo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station BARABOO
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 26 F
Apr Temp 30 to 57 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.7 inches
Station REEDSBURG
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Station PORTAGE
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lake Delton 2,952 $60,000
Merrimac 506 $73,333
North Freedom 616 $51,500
Rock Springs 386 $53,750

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

Baraboo Hospitals

ST CLARE HSPTL HLTH SVCS
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
707 14TH ST
(608) 356-1400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,041 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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