Introduction to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in Dane county, is 12 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin and 66 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is located in the Madison metropolitan area. Sun Prairie has a population of 20,369.

Sun Prairie History

In 1837, President Van Buren commissioned a team of forty five men for an expedition Madison in order to establish a territory capital. The settlers arrived on a sunny day two weeks later, and gave this area the name Sun Prairie. The first settler in the area was Charles Bird. The town of Sun Prairie was established in 1846. It gradually grew into a city, which was officially incorporated in 1958.

Sun Prairie and nearby Attractions

  • Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum
  • Governor Nelson State Park
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Astico County Park
  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • Viking County Park

Things To Do In Sun Prairie

Local parks include the Lake Kegonsa State Park, the Yahara Heights County Park and Badger Prairie County Park. The Sun Prairie Golf Club, Glenway Golf Club and the Nine Springs Golf Club are the local golf courses. Local churches include the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, Saint Albert the Great Church and the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sun Prairie hosts the Sweet Corn Festival every August, the StrawberryFest every June and the Blues Fest every September.

Sun Prairie Transportation

Air transportation is available from Dane County Regional Airport.

Sun Prairie Higher Education

Moraine Park Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Waukesha County Technical College are all nearby.


Total Population 30,601
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 9.5%
Employed Population 16+ 16,624
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.5%
Median Earnings25+ $41,536
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,311
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,202


Median Family Income $76,909
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 24.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,003
Median House Value $203,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 7.7%
Irish 14.2%

Sun Prairie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dane
Metro Area Madison
Standard Zip Codes 53590
Company Zip Codes 53596
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.183
Longitude -89.213

Sun Prairie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.7 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 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cottage Grove 6,533 $93,469
Deerfield 2,468 $80,982
Maple Bluff 1,445 $175,875
Marshall 3,912 $67,985
Monona 7,711 $78,264

Sun Prairie Public Libraries

Sun Prairie Public Library
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
(608) 825-7323
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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