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Overview

Introduction to Baraboo, Wisconsin

Baraboo, Wisconsin, in Sauk county, is located 32 miles NW of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 97 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Baraboo History

The early settlers of Baraboo were attracted to its abundant water supply and ideal location. In its initial years, lumber industry flourished in the city. Agriculture was also important. The Village of Baraboo was created by a charter election in 1866. It became a city on April 1, 1882. The city was named after the Baribeau brothers, who settled in the area. The city of Baraboo is the county seat of Sauk County.

Baraboo and nearby Attractions

  • Sauk County Historical Museum
  • Devil's Lake State Park
  • Circus World Museum
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Mirror Lake State Park
  • Ochsner Park & Zoo

Things To Do In Baraboo

Baraboo has numerous parks and open spaces such as the Pierce Park, Broadway Park, Attridge Park, Campbell Park, Mary Roundtree Evans Athletic Field, Haskins Park, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Deppe Park, and Ochsner Park. History buffs should visit the local museums like Sauk County Historical Museum and Circus World Museum. One can also plan a day trip to the Devil's Lake State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, and Mirror Lake State Park. The Baraboo Golf Club provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts. Local celebrations include Fighting Bob Fest, River Rendezvous, Old Fashioned Day, and Sauk County Fair.

Baraboo Transportation

One can avail air transportation from Dane County Regional Airport -Truax Field.

Baraboo Higher Education

University of Wisconsin Colleges, Madison Area Technical College, and University of Wisconsin - Madison provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,097
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens15.8%
Employed Population 16+5,776
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married43%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.5%
Median Earnings25+$30,891
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,491
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,463

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,761
% Above Poverty Level85.7%
% Below Poverty Level14.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.4%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone34.8%
Median Gross Rent$707
Median House Value$140,700

Ancestry

German44.1%
Irish16.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.3%
English12.7%
Norwegian7.2%
Polish4.7%
Swedish3.7%
Dutch2.5%
French Except Basque2.3%
Italian2.1%
Czech1.1%
Swiss1%
Danishn0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Scottish0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Russian0.3%
Luxemburger0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
African0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Baraboo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sauk County
Standard Zip Codes53913
Phone Area Codes608
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.46
Approximate Longitude-89.74

Baraboo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBARABOO
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp2 to 26 F
Apr Temp30 to 57 F
Jul Temp55 to 83 F
Oct Temp33 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.7 inches
StationREEDSBURG
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp7 to 27 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 61 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationPORTAGE
Distance16.2 miles
Jan Temp6 to 25 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 60 F
Annual Precip34.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Lake Delton2,961$53,250
Merrimac552$76,563
North Freedom665$55,313
Rock Springs385$51,563
West Baraboo1,771$50,769
Wisconsin Dells2,631$52,120

Baraboo Public Libraries

Baraboo Public Library
230 FOURTH AVE.
Baraboo, Wisconsin
(608) 356-6166

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Baraboo Hospitals

St. Clare Hospital
(Non-profit)
707 14th St
(608) 356-1400

Baraboo Public Schools

Al Behrman Elementary
400 Mulberry St
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3910
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative
707 Center St
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3905
Primary
Total Enrollment 161
Baraboo High
1201 Draper St
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3940
High
Total Enrollment 979
Belc--renewal Head Start
707 Center St
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3905
Primary
Total Enrollment 23
East Elementary
815 6th St
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3920
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Jack Young Middle School
1531 Draper St
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3930
Middle
Total Enrollment 642
West Elementary-kindergarten Center
707 Center St
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3905
Primary
Total Enrollment 98
Willson Elementary
146 Berkley Blvd
ZIP: 53913
(608) 355-3925
Primary
Total Enrollment 345

Baraboo Private Schools

St John's Lutheran School
515 5th St
ZIP: 53913
Elementary
Total Enrollment 131
St Joseph Catholic School
310 2nd St
ZIP: 53913
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
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