Introduction to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in Door county, is 38 miles NE of Green Bay, Wisconsin and 127 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sturgeon Bay History

Sturgeon Bay got its name from the strait between Washington Island and the Door Peninsula. In the 1700s and 1800s, many mariners, pioneers, farmers and fishermen immigrated into the community. Lumbering and tourism became extremely important for the town’s economy.

Sturgeon Bay and nearby Attractions

  • Potawatomi State Park
  • Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum
  • Heritage Hill State Park
  • Hazelwood Historic House Museum
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park
  • Neville Public Museum of Brown County

Things To Do In Sturgeon Bay

Local golf courses include the Alaskan Golf Club, the Oconto Golf Club and Idlewild Golf. The Potawatomi Trail, the William S Fairfield Public Gallery and the Whitefish Dunes State Park are accessible from Sturgeon Bay as well. Local museums include the Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum, the Hazelwood Historic House Museum, the National Railroad Museum and the White Pillars Museum. The Bay View Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church and the Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God Church are the local houses of worship. The community hosts the Norsk Fest every August, the Harvest Fest every September and the Door County Fair every August.

Sturgeon Bay Transportation

Austin Straubel International is nearby.


Total Population 9,043
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 21.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,281
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 55.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $59,285
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $658
Median House Value $132,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 10.8%

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

Sturgeon Bay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles NE of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 127 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Door
Standard Zip Codes 54235
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.834
Longitude -87.376

Sturgeon Bay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 24 F
Apr Temp 32 to 50 F
Jul Temp 59 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 56 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 49 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 40 to 56 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches
Distance 42.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 24 F
Apr Temp 31 to 46 F
Jul Temp 58 to 74 F
Oct Temp 41 to 53 F
Annual Precip 28.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sturgeon Bay, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Institute (54235)

Jacksonport (54235)

Sevastopol (54235)

Valmy (54235)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Algoma 3,131 $58,690
Casco 559 $65,781
Egg Harbor 283 $78,750
Forestville 505 $55,313
Marinette 10,863 $53,613
Peshtigo 3,458 $55,768

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

Sturgeon Bay Public Libraries

Door County Library
107 S. 4TH AVE.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
(920) 743-6578

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Sturgeon Bay Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(920) 743-5566
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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