Baraboo, Wisconsin

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Baraboo, Wisconsin

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. There are 10,711 residents in the city.

Baraboo History

The early settlers of Baraboo were attracted by 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.

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High Points

Baraboo strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Wisconsin):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 13% Baraboo Public Transportation Use
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Baraboo Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Baraboo, Wisconsin

Comparing Baraboo to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Wisconsin (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 7 5
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Age of the Population 5 4
Racial Diversity 2 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 3
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 5
College Educated Adults 6 8
Median Family Income 5 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Working at Home 8 8
Public Transportation Use 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
People Living Alone 8 8
Affordability of Rents 7 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
Housing Recently Built 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 5

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Baraboo Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,711 100%
Male 5,160 48.2%
Female 5,551 51.8%
Under 18 2,666 24.9%
18+ 8,045 75.1%
65+ 1,685 15.7%
Median Age 35.8
Average Family Size 2.96
White 10,402 97.1%
African-American 55 0.5%
Asian 56 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 83 0.8%
Other 44 0.4%
Mixed Race 71 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 168 1.6%

Estimated Baraboo Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,927
Growth 216
Growth % 2%

Baraboo Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 45.4%
Irish 8.3%
Norwegian 7%
English 6.9%
US/American 6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
Polish 4.4%
Italian 1.9%
Swedish 1.8%
Czech 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Dutch 1.4%
Scottish 1.3%
Swiss 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Danish 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
European 0.6%
Russian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
British 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Baraboo 10,711 $48,149
Lake Delton 1,982 $40,952
Merrimac 416 $42,656
North Freedom 649 $41,818
Rock Springs 425 $51,071
West Baraboo 1,248 $51,406
Wisconsin Dells 2,418 $46,304

Baraboo Hospitals

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

Wal-mart in Baraboo

(As of 2006)
920 Hwy 12
(608) 356-1765
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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