Introduction to Jefferson, Wisconsin

Jefferson, Wisconsin, in Jefferson county, is 24 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin and 45 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city contains a population of approximately 7,338.

Jefferson History

The first European settlement in the area took place in 1836. The area was incorporated as a village in 1857 and received official incorporation as a city in 1878. The area in which the community developed was extremely conducive for the generation of the waterpower because of its proximity to the Rock River. During World War II, a prison camp for German POWs was constructed at the site where the Jefferson County Fair takes place every year.

Jefferson and nearby Attractions

  • Old World Wisconsin
  • La Follette County Park
  • Milton House Museum
  • Logic Puzzle Museum
  • Yahara Heights County Park
  • Brodhead Depot Museum

Things To Do In Jefferson

From Jefferson, one can plan a trip to the Fort Atkinson Riverwalk, the Aztalan State Park or the Galcial Drumlin State Trail West. The Meadow Springs Golf Course is located nearby. Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Immanuel United Methodist Church and the Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church are the local houses of worship. Local festivals hosted by the city include the Jefferson County Fair, held every July, the Autumn Fest, held every October, and Septemberfest.

Jefferson Transportation

General Mitchell International is the nearest major airport.

Jefferson Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Rock Valley College, Carroll College and at the Madison Area Technical College.


Total Population 7,968
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 3,804
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 46.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,845
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,528


Median Family Income $58,333
% Above Poverty Level 88.2%
% Below Poverty Level 11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 31%
Median Gross Rent $723
Median House Value $149,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 8.4%

Jefferson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 53549
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.005
Longitude -88.807

Jefferson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.6 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 7.7 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
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cambridge 1,362 $88,056
Fort Atkinson 12,436 $59,948
Johnson Creek 2,813 $72,188
Lake Mills 5,768 $72,318
Sullivan 731 $64,583

Jefferson Public Libraries

Jefferson Public Library
321 S. MAIN ST.
Jefferson, Wisconsin
(920) 674-7733

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