Introduction to Richland Center, Wisconsin

Richland Center, Wisconsin is 52 miles W of Madison, Wisconsin and 126 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in Richland County.

Richland Center History

Ira Haseltine purchased the area now covered by Richland Center from Sergeant John Dillma in 1851. The city became the county seat of Richland County in November of 1851. The first post office of Richland Center was established in 1854. It was incorporated as a village in 1866, and the first railroad services began in 1876. Richland Center was recognized as a city in 1887.

Richland Center and nearby Attractions

  • Eagle Cave Natural Park
  • Tower Hill State Park
  • Mid - Continent Railway Museum
  • Rocky Arbor State Park
  • Swiss Historical Village

Things To Do In Richland Center

Richland Center offers easy access to the Circus World Museum, the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum, the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, the Swiss Historical Village and the Mineral Point Railroad Museum. The Blue Mounds State Park, the Wildcat Mountain State Park, Mirror Lake State Park, Natural Bridge State Park and Tower Hill State Park offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Eagle Cave Natural Park is accessible from Richland Center as well. Some of the local festivals include the June Dairy Day, the Richland County Fair and Latin Days.

Richland Center Transportation

Dane County Regional is the nearest major airport.

Richland Center Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Western Wisconsin Technical College, Madison Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are some of local colleges and universities.


Total Population 5,094
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,404
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,838
% Above Poverty Level 82.5%
% Below Poverty Level 17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 40.7%
Median Gross Rent $509
Median House Value $99,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 12.9%

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

Richland Center Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles W of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 126 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Richland
Standard Zip Codes 53581
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.334
Longitude -90.386

Richland Center Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 25 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 29.4 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avoca 595 $34,934
Blue River 442 $62,500
Boaz 113 $58,750
Lime Ridge 203 $37,188
Lone Rock 881 $46,563
Muscoda 1,452 $49,063

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

Richland Center Public Libraries

Brewer Public Library
Richland Center, Wisconsin
(608) 647-6444

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Richland Center Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(608) 647-6321
Emergency Service: Yes

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Richland Center High Schools

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Serves 556 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

Serves 122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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