Introduction to Stoughton, Wisconsin

Stoughton, Wisconsin is 14 miles SE of Madison, Wisconsin and 66 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in Dane county. The city is part of the Madison metro area. The population of Stoughton is 12,354.

Stoughton History

The area now known as Stoughton was established by Luke Stoughton in the year 1847. He was an Englishman from Vermont. Many Norwegian immigrants occupied the are from 1865 until the early 1900s. In the year 2005, the community experienced extensive damage from an F3 tornado.

Stoughton and nearby Attractions

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Badger Prairie County Park
  • Madison Children's Museum
  • Lake Kegonsa State Park
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Token Creek County Park

Things To Do In Stoughton

Local museums include the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the State Historical Museum of Wisconsin and the Hoard Historical Museum. The Henry Villas Zoo is located nearby as well. Stoughton hosts the Syttende Mai Folk Festival every May, the Stoughton Fair every July and the Coffee Break Festival every August.

Stoughton Transportation

Dane County Regional Airport is nearby.

Stoughton Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Madison Area Technical College, Rock Valley College and Carroll College.


Total Population 12,886
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 6,864
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 53.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,115
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,926
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,222


Median Family Income $76,609
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $860
Median House Value $181,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 15.1%

Stoughton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles SE of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dane
Metro Area Madison
Standard Zip Codes 53589
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.916
Longitude -89.217

Stoughton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13 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 16.4 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 17 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brooklyn 1,439 $82,059
Cambridge 1,362 $88,056
Edgerton 5,478 $70,327
Evansville 5,089 $72,125
McFarland 8,009 $91,011
Oregon 9,629 $86,867

Stoughton Public Libraries

Stoughton Public Library
304 S. 4TH ST.
Stoughton, Wisconsin
(608) 873-6281
Library Web Site

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Stoughton Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(608) 873-6611
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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