Introduction to Middleton, Wisconsin

Middleton, Wisconsin, in Dane county, is 5 miles W of Madison, Wisconsin and 80 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is considered part of the Madison metropolitan area. Middleton has a population of about 15,770.

Middleton History

Middleton was originally inhabited by the Algonquin and Winnebago Native Americans. French explorers were the first Europeans in the area, which was first surveyed in 1834. Orson Cook was the first permanent settler in the region. The city was named after Middleton, Vermont. It was incorporated on March 11, 1848.

Middleton and nearby Attractions

  • Mid - Town Shopping Center
  • Indian Lake County Park
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Badger Prairie County Park
  • Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Little A-Merrick- Amusement Park

Things To Do In Middleton

The Indian Lake County Park, the Badger Prairie County Park, the Yahara Heights County Park and the Governor Nelson State Park are all accessible from Middleton. The Chazen Museum of Art, the State Historical Museum of Wisconsin, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Children's Museum are nearby as well. Local parks include the Lakeview Community Park, the Strickers Pond Park, Baskerville Park and Orchid Heights Park. Middleton hosts the Good Neighbor Festival every August.

Middleton Transportation

Dane County Regional Airport is nearby.

Middleton Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin and the Madison Area Technical College are in the area.


Total Population 18,478
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 10,395
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 50.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $83,950
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 6.2%


People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $885
Median House Value $284,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 14.2%

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

Middleton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 80 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dane
Metro Area Madison
Standard Zip Codes 53562
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.097
Longitude -89.504

Middleton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Distance 8.2 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
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cross Plains 3,834 $86,622
Madison 243,122 $78,580
Maple Bluff 1,478 $172,188
Shorewood Hills 1,839 $166,250

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

Middleton Public Libraries

Middleton Public Library
Middleton, Wisconsin
(608) 831-5564
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Middleton High Schools

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Serves 1,736 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Serves 99 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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