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Overview

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.

People

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

Families

% 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

Wealth

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%

Housing

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

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.7%
US/American0.1%
English5.2%
Irish12.2%

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

Beaver Dam Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 38 miles NE of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City55 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
CountyDodge
Standard Zip Codes53916
Phone Area Codes920
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude43.457
Longitude-88.837

Beaver Dam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBEAVER DAM
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
StationHORICON
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
StationHARTFORD 2 W
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
Horicon3,644$67,819
Juneau2,741$59,583
Lowell313$51,250
Randolph1,711$60,750
Reeseville663$50,714

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

Beaver Dam Hospitals

BEAVER DAM COM HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
707 S UNIVERSITY AVE
(920) 887-7181
Emergency Service: Yes

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920-885-7313
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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400 E BURNETT ST
920-885-7312
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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