Introduction to Platteville, Wisconsin

Platteville, Wisconsin, in Grant county, is 18 miles NE of Dubuque, Iowa and 132 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city contains a population of approximately 9,989.

Platteville History

Platteville was named after the Platte River. The city was initially a small fur trading and farming community situated on the banks of the Platte River. The city was affected by a mining boom in the first decade of the 19th century. Lead was discovered in the area and a mining college was soon established. In 1828, large numbers of Winnebago Native Americans began claiming ownership of the land, but the tribes were soon dispersed.

Platteville and nearby Attractions

  • First Capitol
  • Pendarvis
  • Mines of Spain State Recreation Area
  • Governor Dodge State Park
  • Mineral Point Railroad Museum
  • Dubuque Museum of Art

Things To Do In Platteville

The city of Platteville has numerous parks, museums, and historical sites nearby. The Mines of Spain Recreation Area has picnic areas, hiking trails and offers a beautiful view of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River Museum and the Mineral Point Railroad Museum are nearby as well.

Platteville Transportation

Dubuque Regional Airport is nearby.

Platteville Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are nearby.


Total Population 11,740
Male Share of the Population 56.4%
Female Share of the Population 43.6%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,124
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 24.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $67,176
% Above Poverty Level 66.5%
% Below Poverty Level 33.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 27.7%
Median Gross Rent $824
Median House Value $151,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.2%
Irish 14.8%

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

Platteville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NE of Dubuque, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Grant
Standard Zip Codes 53818
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.734
Longitude -90.478

Platteville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.1 inches
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33.7 inches
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 1,007 $54,125
Benton 1,030 $64,107
Cuba City 1,917 $69,226
Dickeyville 1,176 $60,431
Potosi 709 $66,875
Rewey 308 $52,917

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

Platteville Public Libraries

Platteville Public Library
65 S. ELM ST.
Platteville, Wisconsin
(608) 348-7441

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Platteville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(608) 342-4701
Emergency Service: No

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Serves 556 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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