Introduction to Ripon, Wisconsin

Ripon, Wisconsin, in Fond Du Lac county, is 19 miles SW of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and 72 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is home to some 6,828 residents.

Ripon History

Ripon was founded by David P. Mapes, a New York based steamboat captain, in 1849. It was named after Ripon, North Yorkshire, the English cathedral city. It is the birthplace of the Republican Party, which was formed on February 28, 1854. Ripon was incorporated in 1858.

Ripon and nearby Attractions

  • Mascoutin Valley State Trail
  • Ripon Historical Museum
  • Little White Schoolhouse
  • Omro Area Historical Museum
  • High Cliff State Park
  • EAA Air Adventure Museum

Things To Do In Ripon

The Elizabeth Murray Park, Eagle Park, Ceresco Park, Barlow Park, Kiwanis Park and Atkins Park are some of the local parks. The Ripon Historical Museum, the Little White Schoolhouse, the EAA Air Adventure Museum and the Omro Area Historical Museum are all accessible from Ripon as well. The Derge County Park and the High Cliff State Park are some popular local attractions. In addition, Ripon hosts the Septemberfest every year.

Ripon Transportation

General Mitchell International is the nearest major airport.

Ripon Higher Education

Ripon College is the local college. Others in the neighborhood include Moraine Park Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College at Appleton and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Total Population 7,690
Male Share of the Population 44.1%
Female Share of the Population 55.9%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,794
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $63,118
% Above Poverty Level 88.3%
% Below Poverty Level 11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $664
Median House Value $118,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
US/American 0.4%
English 7.3%
Irish 11.2%

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

Ripon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles SW of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Fond du Lac
Standard Zip Codes 54971
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.842
Longitude -88.835

Ripon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Station DALTON
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berlin 5,454 $45,921
Brandon 960 $62,941
Fairwater 366 $67,750
Green Lake 955 $57,917
Markesan 1,585 $57,679
Rosendale 934 $67,422

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

Ripon Public Libraries

Ripon Public Library
Ripon, Wisconsin
(920) 748-6160

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Ripon Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(920) 748-3101
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 530 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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