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Overview

Introduction to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in Jefferson county, is located 19 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 7 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Fort Atkinson History

Fort Atkinson was named in honor of General Henry Atkinson, the US military official during the Black Hawk War. The Fort Koshkonong was established in July 1832 during the Indian uprising. The area was originally inhabited by the Sauk and Fox Indians. The city adopted its present name in 1841. It is located in Jefferson County, which was established in 1836.

Fort Atkinson and nearby Attractions

  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • Aztalan State Park
  • Tallman House
  • La Follette County Park
  • Old World Wisconsin
  • Viking County Park

Things To Do In Fort Atkinson

There are several parks in Fort Atkinson including the Barrie Park, Ralph Park, McCoy Park, Jones Park, Bicentennial Park, Rock River Park, Endl Park, and Bark River Park. One can also visit the Hoard Historical Museum that provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. History buffs should visit the Milton House Museum, Old World Wisconsin, and Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum. The La Follette County Park, Rockport Park, Palmer Park, and Viking County Park are less than half an hour's drive away. In addition, Fort Atkinson hosts the Buckskinner Rendezvous every year in the month of May.

Fort Atkinson Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at Dane County Regional Airport - Truax Field.

Fort Atkinson Higher Education

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Waukesha County Technical College, and Madison Area Technical College offer courses for higher studies.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,470
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+5,946
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married48.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.3%
Median Earnings25+$31,826
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,486
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,279

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,418
% Above Poverty Level83.2%
% Below Poverty Level16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone29.7%
Median Gross Rent$789
Median House Value$147,000

Ancestry

German48.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.6%
Irish11.5%
Norwegian9.1%
Polish7.4%
English6.8%
French Except Basque4.7%
Italian2.9%
Swedish1.9%
Czech1.8%
Scottish1.7%
Swiss1.3%
Dutch1.1%
Slovak1%
Danishn1%
Welsh1%
Canadian0.7%
Lithuanian0.5%
Luxemburger0.3%
Russian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Greek0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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Fort Atkinson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes53538
Phone Area Codes262,920
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.92
Approximate Longitude-88.84

Fort Atkinson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFORT ATKINSON
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp8 to 26 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches
StationWHITEWATER
Distance7.6 miles
Jan Temp8 to 25 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationLAKE MILLS
Distance11.4 miles
Jan Temp8 to 26 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cambridge1,179$100,000
Jefferson7,976$61,550
Johnson Creek2,890$81,763
Lake Mills5,796$69,533
Milton5,574$59,688
Whitewater14,840$52,176

Fort Atkinson Public Libraries

Dwight Foster Public Library
209 MERCHANTS AVE.
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
(920) 563-7790

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Fort Atkinson Hospitals

Fort Healthcare
(Non-profit)
611 Sherman Ave E
(920) 568-5000

Fort Atkinson Public Schools

Barrie Elementary
1000 Harriette St
ZIP: 53538
(920) 563-7817
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Fort Atkinson 4k
1000 Harriette St
ZIP: 53538
(920) 563-7817
Primary
Total Enrollment 164
Fort Atkinson High
925 Lexington Blvd
ZIP: 53538
(920) 563-7811
High
Total Enrollment 948
Fort Atkinson Middle School
310 S 4th St E
ZIP: 53538
(920) 563-7833
Middle
Total Enrollment 579
Luther Elementary
205 Park St
ZIP: 53538
(920) 568-4465
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Purdy Elementary
719 S Main St
ZIP: 53538
(920) 563-7822
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Rockwell Elementary
821 Monroe St
ZIP: 53538
(920) 563-7818
Primary
Total Enrollment 277

Fort Atkinson Private Schools

St Joseph School
1650 Endl Blvd
ZIP: 53538
Elementary
Total Enrollment 130
St Paul's Lutheran School
309 Bluff St
ZIP: 53538
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
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