Introduction to Superior, Wisconsin

Superior, Wisconsin, in Douglas county, is 5 miles S of Duluth, Minnesota and 131 miles N of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is in the Duluth-Superior area. There are 27,368 residents in Superior.

Superior History

The area now known as Superior was established in 1854. It was officially incorporated in 1889 and named after Lake Superior. The French were the first Europeans to visit the community. The first log cabin was erected in the area in the year 1853.

Superior and nearby Attractions

  • Tweed Museum of Art
  • Pattison State Park
  • Duluth Art Institute
  • Jay Cooke State Park
  • Lake Superior Museum of Transportation
  • Amnicon Falls State Park

Things To Do In Superior

Golfers can enjoy a round at the Pattison Park Golf Course, the Grandview Golf Club or at the Nemadji Golf Course. Local churches include the Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Apostolic Faith Assembly Church and the Twin Ports Baptist Church. Superior hosts the Scandinavian Festival every October, the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival every August and the Head of the Lakes Fair every July.

Superior Transportation

Duluth International is the nearest major airport.

Superior Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is the local college. Others nearby include Bethel College, Lake Superior College and Century Community and Technical College.


Total Population 26,932
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 13,269
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 39.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,304
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,972
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,618


Median Family Income $52,282
% Above Poverty Level 80%
% Below Poverty Level 20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $686
Median House Value $113,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 13.1%

Superior Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Duluth, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 131 miles N of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Douglas
Metro Area Duluth - Superior
Standard Zip Codes 54880
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.72
Longitude -92.103

Superior Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 47 F
Jul Temp 57 to 75 F
Oct Temp 38 to 53 F
Annual Precip 25.6 inches
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 18 F
Apr Temp 29 to 49 F
Jul Temp 55 to 76 F
Oct Temp 35 to 53 F
Annual Precip 31 inches
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 20 F
Apr Temp 27 to 52 F
Jul Temp 53 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 56 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lake Nebagamon 1,268 $64,318
Poplar 602 $55,000
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Serves 1,651 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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