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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.

People

Total Population 7,965
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,830
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 48.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,050
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $736
Median House Value $144,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.7%
Irish 11.7%

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

Jefferson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 53549
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.005
Longitude -88.807

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)

Station FORT ATKINSON
Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station LAKE MILLS
Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Station MADISON DANE CO AP
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cambridge 1,298 $94,583
Fort Atkinson 12,447 $62,212
Johnson Creek 2,855 $80,200
Lake Mills 5,776 $73,203
Sullivan 693 $68,500

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

Jefferson Public Libraries

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

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Jefferson High Schools

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JEFFERSON HI
700 W MILWAUKEE ST
920-675-1100
Serves 598 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

JEFFERSON COUNTY ALT SCH
700 W MILWAUKEE ST
920-675-1100
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 5 students.

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