Introduction to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in Jefferson county, is located 19 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center) and 4is 7 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Approximately 11,621 people reside in Fort Atkinson.

Fort Atkinson History

Fort Atkinson was named in honor of General Henry Atkinson, the US military official during the Black Hawk War. The Fort Koshkonong was established in July 1832 during the Indian uprising. The area was originally inhabited by the Sauk and Fox Indians. The city adopted its present name in 1841. It is located in Jefferson County, which was established in 1836.

Fort Atkinson and nearby Attractions

  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • Aztalan State Park
  • Tallman House
  • La Follette County Park
  • Old World Wisconsin
  • Viking County Park

Things To Do In Fort Atkinson

There are several parks in Fort Atkinson including the Barrie Park, Ralph Park, McCoy Park, Jones Park, Bicentennial Park, Rock River Park, Endl Park, and Bark River Park. One can also visit the Hoard Historical Museum that provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. History buffs should visit the Milton House Museum, Old World Wisconsin, and Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum. The La Follette County Park, Rockport Park, Palmer Park, and Viking County Park are less than half an hour's drive away. In addition, Fort Atkinson hosts the Buckskinner Rendezvous every year in the month of May.

Fort Atkinson Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at Dane County Regional Airport - Truax Field.

Fort Atkinson Higher Education

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Waukesha County Technical College, and Madison Area Technical College offer courses for higher studies.


Total Population 12,447
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 6,038
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 49%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $62,212
% Above Poverty Level 84.2%
% Below Poverty Level 15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 29.5%
Median Gross Rent $777
Median House Value $149,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 11.6%

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

Fort Atkinson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 53538
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.928
Longitude -88.836

Fort Atkinson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cambridge 1,298 $94,583
Jefferson 7,965 $58,050
Johnson Creek 2,855 $80,200
Lake Mills 5,776 $73,203
Milton 5,572 $59,830

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

Fort Atkinson Public Libraries

Dwight Foster Public Library
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
(920) 563-7790

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Fort Atkinson Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(920) 568-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Atkinson High Schools

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Serves 933 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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