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Overview

Introduction to Sparta, Wisconsin

Sparta, Wisconsin, in Monroe county, is 23 miles NE of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 132 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sparta History

The original inhabitants of this community were the Fox and Sauk Native Americans, who used the nearby forests as a hunting ground. In the 1600s and 1700s, the French explored the upper Mississippi River Basin. Nicolas Perrot, a French explorer, founded a fur trading post about 35 miles to the west of the Sparta, leading to the development and growth of the area.

Sparta and nearby Attractions

  • Wildcat Mountain State Park
  • Children's Museum of La Crosse
  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
  • Great River Bluffs State Park
  • Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Things To Do In Sparta

The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve are all accessible from Sparta. Parks in the area include the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge and Castle Rock County Park. Local churches include Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The community hosts the Fall Harvest Festival every October and the Butterfest every June.

Sparta Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

Sparta Higher Education

Winona State University, Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Wisconsin -La Crosse are the local colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,659
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens16.3%
Employed Population 16+4,520
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married44.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.4%
Median Earnings25+$31,061
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,725

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,766
% Above Poverty Level80.2%
% Below Poverty Level19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone34.6%
Median Gross Rent$743
Median House Value$110,200

Ancestry

German41.5%
Norwegian16.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.5%
Irish9.1%
English6.9%
Polish3.3%
Danishn2.7%
French Except Basque2.1%
Dutch1.6%
Italian1%
Scottish0.9%
Czech0.9%
Russian0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Swedish0.6%
African0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Belgian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Arab0.2%
US/American0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Sparta Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monroe County
Standard Zip Codes54656
Phone Area Codes608
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.94
Approximate Longitude-90.8

Sparta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSPARTA
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp3 to 24 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip33 inches
StationLA CROSSE MUNICIPAL AP
Distance22.2 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip32.3 inches
StationVIROQUA 2 S
Distance28.5 miles
Jan Temp4 to 22 F
Apr Temp33 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 80 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip33 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bangor1,323$74,318
Cashton944$60,000
Norwalk632$50,000
Rockland627$72,500
Tomah9,380$55,168
West Salem4,949$83,594

Sparta Public Libraries

Sparta Free Library
124 W. MAIN ST.
Sparta, Wisconsin
(608) 269-2010

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Sparta Hospitals

Mayo Clinic Hlth Systm Franciscan Hlthcare Sparta
310 W Main St
(608) 269-2132

Sparta Public Schools

Cataract Elementary
6070 State Highway 27
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3453
Primary
Total Enrollment 84
Innovations Stem Academy
1225 N Water St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3497
Middle
Total Enrollment 46
Lakeview Montessori School
711 Pine St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3468
Primary
Total Enrollment 176
Lawrence-lawson Elementary
429 N Black River St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3438
Primary
Total Enrollment 257
Maplewood Elementary
900 E Montgomery St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3467
Primary
Total Enrollment 178
Southside Elementary
1023 Walrath St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3450
Primary
Total Enrollment 254
Sparta Alternative Independent Learning School
201 E Franklin St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 269-3151
High
Total Enrollment 27
Sparta Charter Prekindergarten
201 E Franklin St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 269-3151
Primary
Total Enrollment 182
Sparta High
506 N Black River St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3504
High
Total Enrollment 721
Sparta High Point School
201 E Franklin St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 269-3151
High
Total Enrollment 43
Sparta Meadowview Intermediate
1225 N Water St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3481
Middle
Total Enrollment 343
Sparta Meadowview Middle
1225 N Water St
ZIP: 54656
(608) 366-3497
Middle
Total Enrollment 506

Sparta Private Schools

Sparta Mennonite School
604 Walrath St
ZIP: 54656
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 11
St Johns Evangelical Lutheran School
419 Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 54656
Elementary
Total Enrollment 115
St Patrick's School
100 South L St
ZIP: 54656
Elementary
Total Enrollment 130
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