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Overview

Introduction to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in Dodge county, is located 38 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 55 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is home to approximately 15,169 residents.

Beaver Dam History

Beaver Dam was originally inhabited by the Fox, Sauk, Chippewa, Kickapoo, Winnebago, and Sioux Indians. The first white settler of the area was Thomas Mackie and his family who arrived in 1841. The first dam of the area was constructed in 1842. The city was named by the early settlers. The City of Beaver Dam was incorporated in 1856. The city is located in Dodge County, which was founded in 1836.

Beaver Dam and nearby Attractions

  • Dodge County Historical Society Museum
  • Waterworks Park
  • Old Beaver Dam Museum
  • Derge County Park
  • Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum
  • Astico County Park

Things To Do In Beaver Dam

The Old Beaver Dam Museum and Dodge County Historical Society Museum provide absorbing insights into the history of this area. The Lakeview Park, Waterworks Park, Roller Avenue Park, Swan Park, and Edgewater Park are some of the local parks. The city also has several churches such as the Peace Lutheran Church, Saint Marks Episcopal Church, Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church. In addition, the city hosts the Dodge County Fair every year in the month of August.

Beaver Dam Transportation

Wittman Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Beaver Dam Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Moraine Park Technical College, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and Waukesha County Technical College.

People

Total Population 16,400
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,876
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $31,494
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,938

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,066
% Above Poverty Level 87.3%
% Below Poverty Level 12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.4%
Median Gross Rent $753
Median House Value $118,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.2%
Irish 12.2%

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

Beaver Dam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dodge
Standard Zip Codes 53916
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.457
Longitude -88.837

Beaver Dam 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 BEAVER DAM
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 24 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Station HORICON
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33 inches
Station HARTFORD 2 W
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

South Beaver Dam (53916)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fox Lake 1,545 $64,063
Horicon 3,644 $67,819
Juneau 2,741 $59,583
Lowell 313 $51,250
Randolph 1,711 $60,750
Reeseville 663 $50,714

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

Beaver Dam Hospitals

BEAVER DAM COM HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
707 S UNIVERSITY AVE
(920) 887-7181
Emergency Service: Yes

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BEAVER DAM HI
500 GOULD ST
920-885-7313
Serves 1,172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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400 E BURNETT ST
920-885-7312
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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