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Overview

Introduction to Ashland, Wisconsin

Ashland, Wisconsin, in Ashland county, is located 59 miles E of Duluth, Minnesota (center to center) and is 155 miles NE of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ashland History

Ashland is the county seat of Ashland County. The city of Ashland was named for the home of Henry Clay, a statesman. The city was incorporated on March 25, 1887. The Cheppewa Indians were the original inhabitants of Ashland. The first white men to come to Ashland were the French Missionaries and British and French traders. They entered Ashland in 1659 via the Lake Superior. The first white man to build a home and settle down in Ashland was Asaph Whittlesay.

Ashland and nearby Attractions

  • Ashland Museum
  • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
  • Chequamegon National Forest
  • Copper Falls State Park
  • Prentice Park
  • Ashland Marina

Things To Do In Ashland

Ashland has a number of parks and recreation centers for visitors. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior is a good choice for a family outing. There are facilities for camping, boating, scuba diving, and sailing. There are a few museums in the city and in its vicinity. Ashland Historical Society Museum is an abundant resource for historical information. The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and the Split Rock Lighthouse are interesting tourist attractions near the city.

Ashland Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Ashland Higher Education

Residents of Ashland can pursue higher education at the Northland College, University of Minnesota - Duluth, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,997
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens17.2%
Employed Population 16+3,859
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married40.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.7%
Median Earnings25+$32,616
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,256
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,272
% Above Poverty Level87.1%
% Below Poverty Level12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$672
Median House Value$108,700

Ancestry

German30.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.1%
Irish9.5%
Norwegian8.8%
English7.8%
Swedish7.6%
Polish5.7%
Finnish4.9%
Italian4.4%
French Except Basque4.4%
Canadian2.1%
Scottish1.9%
Czech1.9%
Croatian1.4%
Dutch1.1%
Austrian0.9%
Slovak0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Russian0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Serbian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Belgian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Syrian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Arab0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Greek0.1%
African0.1%
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Ashland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ashland County
Standard Zip Codes54806
Phone Area Codes715
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude46.57
Approximate Longitude-90.87

Ashland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationASHLAND EXP FARM
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp-0 to 20 F
Apr Temp29 to 50 F
Jul Temp55 to 79 F
Oct Temp34 to 56 F
Annual Precip30 inches
StationMADELINE ISLAND
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp3 to 21 F
Apr Temp28 to 48 F
Jul Temp55 to 77 F
Oct Temp36 to 55 F
Annual Precip33.1 inches
StationMELLEN 4 NE
Distance19.2 miles
Jan Temp-3 to 19 F
Apr Temp28 to 51 F
Jul Temp55 to 77 F
Oct Temp34 to 54 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bayfield458$64,167
Mellen753$47,396
Washburn2,016$61,719

Ashland Public Libraries

Vaughn Public Library
502 W. MAIN ST.
Ashland, Wisconsin
(715) 682-7060

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Ashland Hospitals

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland
(Non-profit)
1615 Maple Ln
(715) 685-5500

Ashland Public Schools

Ashland Collaborative Academy
1900 Beaser Ave
ZIP: 54806
(715) 682-7089
Ashland Elementary Charter School
1101 Binsfield Rd
ZIP: 54806
(715) 682-7083
Primary
Total Enrollment 93
Ashland High
1900 Beaser Ave
ZIP: 54806
(715) 682-7089
High
Total Enrollment 703
Ashland Middle
203 11th St E
ZIP: 54806
(715) 682-7087
Middle
Total Enrollment 410
Lake Superior Intermediate
1101 Binsfield Rd
ZIP: 54806
(715) 682-7083
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Lake Superior Primary
1101 Binsfield Rd
ZIP: 54806
(715) 682-7085
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Marengo Valley Elementary
62408 State Hwy 112
ZIP: 54806
(715) 278-3286
Primary
Total Enrollment 187
Oredocker Project School
203 11th St E
ZIP: 54806
(715) 682-7087
Middle
Total Enrollment 61

Ashland Private Schools

Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic School
215 Lake Shore Dr E
ZIP: 54806
Elementary
Total Enrollment 125
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Historic Ashland

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Ashland (sunset across the river) between 1880 and 1899

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Ashland (sunset across the river) between 1880 and 1899

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