Introduction to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in Dodge county, is located 38 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 55 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Beaver Dam History

Beaver Dam was originally inhabited by the Fox, Sauk, Chippewa, Kickapoo, Winnebago, and Sioux Indians. The first white settler of the area was Thomas Mackie and his family who arrived in 1841. The first dam of the area was constructed in 1842. The city was named by the early settlers. The City of Beaver Dam was incorporated in 1856. The city is located in Dodge County, which was founded in 1836.

Beaver Dam and nearby Attractions

  • Dodge County Historical Society Museum
  • Waterworks Park
  • Old Beaver Dam Museum
  • Derge County Park
  • Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum
  • Astico County Park

Things To Do In Beaver Dam

The Old Beaver Dam Museum and Dodge County Historical Society Museum provide insights into the history of this area. The Lakeview Park, Waterworks Park, Roller Avenue Park, Swan Park, and Edgewater Park are some of the local parks. The city also has several churches such as the Peace Lutheran Church, Saint Marks Episcopal Church, Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church. In addition, the city hosts the Dodge County Fair every year in the month of August.

Beaver Dam Transportation

Wittman Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Beaver Dam Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Moraine Park Technical College, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and Waukesha County Technical College.


Total Population16,400
Male Share of the Population51.8%
Female Share of the Population48.2%
Senior Citizens16.6%
Employed Population 16+7,876
Age of the Population41


% of people married44.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19%
Median Earnings25+$31,494
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,938


Median Family Income$57,066
% Above Poverty Level87.3%
% Below Poverty Level12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%


People Living Alone36.4%
Median Gross Rent$753
Median House Value$118,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beaver Dam Almanac

Nearest Medium City 38 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City55 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Standard Zip Codes53916
Phone Area Codes920
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Beaver Dam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp8 to 24 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.6 inches
Distance10.4 miles
Jan Temp7 to 25 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip33 inches
Distance22.8 miles
Jan Temp7 to 25 F
Apr Temp34 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Beaver Dam, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

South Beaver Dam (53916)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fox Lake1,545$64,063

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beaver Dam Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(920) 887-7181
Emergency Service: Yes

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

Results:  5
Matching School Ads
  • Veterinary Technician (Associate)
  • Dedicated to helping students build bright futures through a powerful education
  • 50+ programs for bachelor & associate degrees, career diplomas, & certificates
  • 98% of graduates are satisfied with their Penn Foster studies
  • Pay tuition in full & save up to 25% or sign up for low monthly payments w/ 0% interest
  • Penn Foster is the perfect choice for flexible courses in many growing industries
  • Bachelors in Business Management
  • MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
  • The first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States
  • No set class times or locations
  • Affordable tuition, guaranteed not to increase as long as you are enrolled
  • Accelerated eight-week terms
  • Classes start every month
  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Associate of Arts in Business
  • For nearly a century, CIU has provided an enriching Christ-centered education
  • CIU is SACSCC and ABHE accredited to ensure students’ academic & spiritual growth
  • Students receive one-on-one attention from talented & experienced professors
  • 497 undergrads with an avg. class size of 20, for strong educational experiences
  • Many students receive financial aid if they are eligible
  • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics
  • Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

At American University, our smart, passionate and engaged students and faculty focus their knowledge to create meaningful change. Our strengths in international service and public affairs inspire our sense of social responsibility and a dedication to cultural and intellectual diversity. We’re defined by our global perspective, practical idealism and a dedication to public service.


American University is a private, college-centered research university located in the nation’s capital. It was chartered by the United States Congress in 1893 to build public service, and is now home to a prestigious faculty, guest speakers and visiting world leaders who are influential practitioners and prominent thought leaders.

  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Recognized as the largest university in the Chicago area, with 27,580 students and 15 colleges.
  • Listed as one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world, with more than $291 million research funds in FY 2013.
  • Proud to be a tobacco-free campus, prohibiting all forms of tobacco within campus boundaries.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Beaver Dam High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

Study Online in Beaver Dam
Additional Resources
Info for Beaver Dam Government Officials

Are you an official in the Beaver Dam government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top