Plain, Wisconsin

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Plain Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Plain Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Plain People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Plain, Wisconsin

Comparing Plain 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 Men 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 5
Age of the Population 7 7
Racial Diversity 3 4
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 8
College Educated Adults 8 8
Median Family Income 8 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 7 7
Walking and Biking to Work 7 4
Working at Home 7 6
Short Commute Times 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 6
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 4 5
Housing Recently Built 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Plain Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles NW of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Sauk
Standard Zip Codes 53577
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.278
Longitude -90.043

Plain Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 25 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 29.4 inches
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
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Plain Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 792 100%
Male 400 50.5%
Female 392 49.5%
Under 18 208 26.3%
18+ 584 73.7%
65+ 157 19.8%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 2.96
White 781 98.6%
African-American 2 0.3%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.6%
Other 3 0.4%
Mixed Race 1 0.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 7 0.9%

Estimated Plain Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 768
Growth -24
Growth % -3%

Plain 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 64%
Irish 7.9%
Norwegian 4.7%
Polish 3%
US/American 3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.4%
English 1.8%
Italian 1.7%
Swiss 1.5%
Scottish 1.4%
Dutch 1.4%
Swedish 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Romanian 0.8%
Scandinavian 0.8%
Czech 0.8%
French Canadian 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plain 792 $51,094
Arena 685 $49,375
Lime Ridge 169 $41,000
Loganville 276 $38,250
Lone Rock 929 $37,750
Mazomanie 1,485 $56,442
Spring Green 1,444 $51,806

Plain Public Libraries

Kraemer Library & Community Center
910 MAIN ST.
Plain, Wisconsin
(608) 546-4201
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