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Overview

Introduction to Jefferson, Wisconsin

Jefferson, Wisconsin, in Jefferson county, is 24 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin and 45 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jefferson History

The first European settlement in the area took place in 1836. The area was incorporated as a village in 1857 and received official incorporation as a city in 1878. The area in which the community developed was extremely conducive for the generation of the waterpower because of its proximity to the Rock River. During World War II, a prison camp for German POWs was constructed at the site where the Jefferson County Fair takes place every year.

Jefferson and nearby Attractions

  • Old World Wisconsin
  • La Follette County Park
  • Milton House Museum
  • Logic Puzzle Museum
  • Yahara Heights County Park
  • Brodhead Depot Museum

Things To Do In Jefferson

From Jefferson, one can plan a trip to the Fort Atkinson Riverwalk, the Aztalan State Park or the Galcial Drumlin State Trail West. The Meadow Springs Golf Course is located nearby. Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Immanuel United Methodist Church and the Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church are the local houses of worship. Local festivals hosted by the city include the Jefferson County Fair, held every July, the Autumn Fest, held every October, and Septemberfest.

Jefferson Transportation

General Mitchell International is the nearest major airport.

Jefferson Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Rock Valley College, Carroll College and at the Madison Area Technical College.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,976
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens17.5%
Employed Population 16+3,767
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married50.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.4%
Median Earnings25+$31,576
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,048
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,675

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,550
% Above Poverty Level90.2%
% Below Poverty Level9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone26.9%
Median Gross Rent$746
Median House Value$143,900

Ancestry

German46%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.5%
Irish13%
Polish5.1%
Norwegian5.1%
English5.1%
Italian3.4%
French Except Basque1.7%
Danishn1.4%
Canadian1.3%
Welsh1.3%
Scottish1.1%
Czech1%
Hungarian1%
Swedish0.8%
Swiss0.8%
Albanian0.7%
Russian0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
African0.2%
Belgian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Jefferson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes53549
Phone Area Codes920
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43
Approximate Longitude-88.8

Jefferson 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
Distance7.6 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
StationLAKE MILLS
Distance7.7 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
StationMADISON DANE CO AP
Distance28.8 miles
Jan Temp9 to 25 F
Apr Temp35 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cambridge1,179$100,000
Fort Atkinson12,470$59,418
Johnson Creek2,890$81,763
Lake Mills5,796$69,533
Sullivan714$68,125
Whitewater14,840$52,176

Jefferson Public Libraries

Jefferson Public Library
321 S. MAIN ST.
Jefferson, Wisconsin
(920) 674-7733

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Jefferson Public Schools

East Elementary
120 S Sanborn Ave
ZIP: 53549
(920) 675-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Jefferson High
700 W Milwaukee St
ZIP: 53549
(920) 675-1100
High
Total Enrollment 635
Jefferson Middle
501 S Taft Ave
ZIP: 53549
(920) 675-1300
Middle
Total Enrollment 404
West Elementary
900 W Milwaukee St
ZIP: 53549
(920) 675-1200
Primary
Total Enrollment 298

Jefferson Private Schools

St John The Baptist School
333 E Church St
ZIP: 53549
Elementary
Total Enrollment 173
St Johns Lutheran School
232 E Church St
ZIP: 53549
Elementary
Total Enrollment 92
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