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Overview

Introduction to Sparta, Wisconsin

Sparta, Wisconsin, in Monroe county, is 23 miles NE of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 132 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota. As of the year 2000 census, 8,648 people lived in Sparta.

Sparta History

The original inhabitants of this community were the Fox and Sauk Native Americans, who used the nearby forests as a hunting ground. In the 1600s and 1700s, the French explored the upper Mississippi River Basin. Nicolas Perrot, a French explorer, founded a fur trading post about 35 miles to the west of the Sparta, leading to the development and growth of the area.

Sparta and nearby Attractions

  • Wildcat Mountain State Park
  • Children's Museum of La Crosse
  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
  • Great River Bluffs State Park
  • Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Things To Do In Sparta

The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve are all accessible from Sparta. Parks in the area include the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge and Castle Rock County Park. Local churches include Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The community hosts the Fall Harvest Festival every October and the Butterfest every June.

Sparta Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

Sparta Higher Education

Winona State University, Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Wisconsin -La Crosse are the local colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 9,610
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,433
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 41.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,442
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,199
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,720

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,404
% Above Poverty Level 80%
% Below Poverty Level 20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $755
Median House Value $105,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 7.4%
Irish 10.8%

Sparta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles NE of La Crosse, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Monroe
Standard Zip Codes 54656
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.944
Longitude -90.812

Sparta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SPARTA
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33 inches
Station LA CROSSE MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.3 inches
Station VIROQUA 2 S
Distance 28.5 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Camp McCoy (54656)

Fort McCoy (54656)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bangor 1,523 $68,438
Cashton 1,034 $55,357
Norwalk 632 $43,750
Rockland 638 $73,500

Sparta Public Libraries

Library
Sparta Free Library
124 W. MAIN ST.
Sparta, Wisconsin
(608) 269-2010

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Sparta Hospitals

FRANCISCAN SKEMP SPARTA HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
310 W MAIN ST
(608) 269-2132
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sparta High Schools

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SPARTA HI
506 N BLACK RIVER ST
608-269-2107
Serves 853 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

SPARTA HIGH POINT SCHOOL
201 E FRANKLIN ST
608-366-3456
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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201 E FRANKLIN ST
608-366-3491
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Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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