Introduction to Monona, Wisconsin

Monona, Wisconsin, in Dane county, is 3 miles E of Madison, Wisconsin and 72 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is included in the Madison metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 8,018 people lived in Monona.

Monona History

Monona’s name was derived from an Algonquian Indian mythological figure. Monona was initially a part of the Town of Blooming Grove. In 1854, the County Judge of Harrison formed Monona County. Monona was incorporated as an independent town on August 29, 1938. Prior to this, the area consisted mainly of farmland and summer homes.

Monona and nearby Attractions

  • Tallman House
  • State Historical Museum of Wisconsin
  • Madison Children's Museum
  • Swiss Historical Village
  • Atisco County Park
  • Lake Kegonsa State Park

Things To Do In Monona

The Atisco County Park offers opportunities for canoeing, fishing, picnicking and hiking. The South Towne Plaza shopping center and the Lake Edge shopping center are the local shopping centers. The State Historical Museum of Wisconsin may interest those hoping to learn more about the area’s history.

Monona Transportation

Flights are available from Dane County Regional Airport.

Monona Higher Education

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


Total Population 7,711
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,086
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 44%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.4%
Median Earnings25+ $40,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,182
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,865


Median Family Income $78,264
% Above Poverty Level 91.2%
% Below Poverty Level 8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 46.3%
Median Gross Rent $771
Median House Value $223,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.5%
Irish 18.7%

Monona Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dane
Metro Area Madison
Standard Zip Codes 53713, 53714, 53716
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.062
Longitude -89.333

Monona Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 27 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Distance 5 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 7.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Monona Grove (53716)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cottage Grove 6,533 $93,469
Madison 239,848 $78,090
Maple Bluff 1,445 $175,875
McFarland 8,009 $91,011
Middleton 18,185 $83,026
Shorewood Hills 1,783 $166,875

Monona Public Libraries

Monona Public Library
Monona, Wisconsin
(608) 222-6127
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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