Hudson, Wisconsin

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Hudson, Wisconsin

Introduction to Hudson, Wisconsin

Hudson, Wisconsin, in St Croix county, is 16 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. The people of the city are in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Hudson has a population of 8,775.

Hudson History

The area now known as Hudson was first settled in 1840. The first settlers in the area were Louis Massey and Peter Bouchea. They were followed by Joseph Sauperson and William Steets. In the 1840s, a greater number of settlers began to arrive in the area. The first mayor of the community of Hudson was A. D. Gray. In 1852, he petitioned to change the community’s name to Hudson. The area was named because it reminded him of the Hudson River of New York.

Hudson and nearby Attractions

  • Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Landmark Gallery
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • William O'Brien State Park
  • Minnesota Children's Museum
  • Kinnickinnic State Park

Things To Do In Hudson

While in Hudson, one can visit parks like theWillow River State Park, the Kinnickinnic State Park, Williams Park and the Sixth Street Historic District. Other notable nearby locations include The Phipps Center for the Arts, the Hudson Bowling Center, the Afton Historical Museum and the Afton State Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Troy Burne Golf Club. Churches in the area include the First Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church. Local festivals include the Winter Fest, held every January, and Booster Days, held every June.

Hudson Transportation

Rochester International Airport is nearby.

Hudson Higher Education

The University of St. Thomas, Metropolitan State University and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are the local centers of higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 6% Hudson Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 7% Hudson College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 11% Hudson Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 11% Hudson Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Hudson Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Hudson People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 19% Hudson Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Hudson, Wisconsin

Comparing Hudson 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
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 3 3
Age of the Population 3 2
Racial Diversity 1 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 5
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Public Transportation Use 6 9
Working at Home 5 4
Short Commute Times 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 4 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3

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Hudson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 16 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
County St Croix
Metro Area Minneapolis - Saint Paul
Standard Zip Codes 54016, 54082
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.974
Longitude -92.756

Hudson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 21 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 58 F
Annual Precip 29.9 inches
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
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Hudson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,775 100%
Male 4,240 48.3%
Female 4,535 51.7%
Under 18 2,147 24.5%
18+ 6,628 75.5%
65+ 1,001 11.4%
Median Age 33.3
Average Family Size 2.94
White 8,588 97.9%
African-American 19 0.2%
Asian 40 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 23 0.3%
Other 19 0.2%
Mixed Race 86 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 91 1%

Estimated Hudson Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,367
Growth 2,592
Growth % 29.5%

Hudson 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 32.8%
Norwegian 18%
Irish 6.9%
Swedish 6.2%
US/American 5.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
English 3.8%
Italian 3.4%
Polish 3.4%
French (except Basque) 3.3%
Dutch 1.6%
Czech 1.3%
Belgian 1.2%
Danish 1.2%
French Canadian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Austrian 0.7%
European 0.6%
Finnish 0.6%
Scottish 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Boardman (54016)
Burkhardt (54016)
Houlton (54082)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Hudson 8,775 $63,953
Hammond 1,153 $54,722
New Richmond 6,310 $52,422
North Hudson 3,463 $70,938
River Falls 12,560 $60,253
Roberts 969 $47,857
Somerset 1,556 $47,426

Hudson Public Libraries

Hudson Public Library
Hudson, Wisconsin
(715) 386-3101
Library Web Site

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Hudson Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(715) 531-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Hudson

(As of 2006)
2222 Crest View Drive
(715) 386-1101
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