Sun Prairie Wisconsin
Sun Prairie is a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin and is considered a part of the Madison Metropolitan area. With a population just a little under 30,000, the city has the second most people in Dane County and is known for its plains and rolling hills.
History of the City
Sun Prairie was officially established in early 1846, but its name derives from the building of Wisconsin’s state capitol in Madison 9 years earlier. After a party of men left Milwaukee to construct the building, they found themselves in a days-long rainstorm that lasted until they finally reached what would become the city.
There are a little under 12,000 households in the city, and more than a third of them include children. About half of the households include married couples. The average family size is a little more than 3, and the average age is 33. A little under 30% of the people in the city are 18 years old or younger, and women slightly outnumber men.
The median household income in the city is a little more than $50,000 per year, and less than 5% of the population lives below the poverty line.
About 6,000 students are enrolled in the city’s public school system, which includes:
- 7 elementary schools
- a pair of middle schools
- an upper-middle school
- a high school
The city also has a couple of private schools. This includes a Catholic school called Sacred Hearts School, which serves students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade, and the Peace Evangelical Lutheran School, which also serves students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade.
While the city has no bus service, it does have a subsidized shared-ride taxi service that provides low-cost transportation for city residents. There is also shuttle service to East Towne Mall in Madison, which connects riders to Madison’s bus system.
Amtrak offers train service in the city on the Empire Builder, which provides transportation to places such as Chicago and Columbus, and the Dane County Regional Airport is located only 10 miles from the city and is served by airlines such as Delta, United and American.
The city is also accessible by a number of interstate and local highways. This includes:
- U.S. Route 151
- Wisconsin Highway 19
Things To Do in the City
For those with an active lifestyle, Sun Prairie offers an aquatic center, a water park, a golf course and a community park. The city also has a museum and a historical library, and it is home to both the Angell Park Speedway and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The city is further famous for its annual Groundhog Day celebration, and it hosts various festivals every summer, including:
- The Taste of the Arts Fair
- The Flags of Freedom Field Show
- The Sweet Corn Festival
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