Milton, Wisconsin

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Milton, Wisconsin

Introduction to Milton, Wisconsin

Milton, Wisconsin, in Rock county, is 7 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin and 55 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Janesville-Beloit metropolitan area with. Milton’s population is approximately 5,132.

Milton History

The City of Milton was founded after Milton Junction and Milton merged in 1967. The city was originally known as Prairie du Lac, but was renamed in honor of John Milton, the author of "Paradise Lost." In 1838, Joseph Goodrich became the first white man to settle in the area. He built an inn called the Milton House, which stands today as a museum.

Milton and nearby Attractions

  • Milton House Museum
  • Palmer Park
  • Angel Museum
  • Oakridge Golf Course
  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • La Follette County Park

Things To Do In Milton

The Milton House Museum provides insight into the area’s history. Local parks include the Hilltop Park, the Goodrich Park, Central Park, Liberty Park, North Park and La Mar Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Oakridge Golf Course. The Viking County Park, Aztalan State Park, Lake Kegonsa State Park and La Follette County Park are all accessible from Milton as well.

Milton Transportation

Dane County Regional Airport is nearby.

Milton Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Madison Area Technical College and Rock Valley College.

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High Points

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

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Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
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Low Property Crime
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Top 5% trophy Milton Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Milton, Wisconsin

Comparing Milton 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
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Senior Citizens 4 3
Age of the Population 3 3
Female Share of the Population 3 5
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 7 5
Median Family Income 6 7
College Educated Adults 5 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 6
Working at Home 7 6
Public Transportation Use 3 6
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 10

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Milton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Rock
Metro Area Janesville - Beloit
Standard Zip Codes 53563
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.775
Longitude -88.943

Milton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.8 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 11.9 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 21.3 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
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Milton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,132 100%
Male 2,516 49%
Female 2,616 51%
Under 18 1,415 27.6%
18+ 3,717 72.4%
65+ 609 11.9%
Median Age 34.3
Average Family Size 3.04
White 5,033 98.1%
African-American 9 0.2%
Asian 16 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 25 0.5%
Mixed Race 42 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 47 0.9%

Estimated Milton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,464
Growth 332
Growth % 6.5%

Milton 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 42.3%
Norwegian 10.9%
Irish 10.1%
English 9.7%
US/American 4.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.8%
Polish 4.5%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Swedish 1.3%
Italian 1.3%
Swiss 1.1%
Danish 1.1%
French Canadian 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
Czech 0.7%
Scottish 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
British 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Milton 5,132 $52,384
Cambridge 1,101 $57,895
Edgerton 4,933 $52,555
Footville 788 $55,833
Fort Atkinson 11,621 $51,689
Janesville 59,498 $55,133
Whitewater 13,437 $48,185

Milton Public Libraries

Milton Public Library
"430 E. HIGH ST., #100"
Milton, Wisconsin
(608) 868-7462

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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