Scenic Verona is located in Dane County. The city lies eight miles southwest of Madison, the Wisconsin state capitol, and lies within the Madison metropolitan area. Early settlers George and William Vroman named the city after their New York hometown.
History of the City
Ceded to the Federal government by treaty in 1829, settlers flocked to the area’s first gristmill upon its completion in 1844. As other businesses arrived, the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature established the town in 1847. Verona expanded into a village in 1921 and was finally incorporated as a city in 1978. Today, many know the city as “Hometown U.S.A,” as once described by homesick active-duty military serving in Vietnam.
The city occupies 6.36 square miles of land. Verona boasts a population of 13,000 of which women comprise 52%. 55% of its citizens are married with an average household size of two persons, while 30% of its inhabitants live alone. The average age of the population is 36 with a little over 8% of the population consisting of individuals 65 and older. The median house value is $285,100. The unemployment rate is 2.2%, lower than the national average. As befitting its close proximity to the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus in nearby Madison, 55% of the population possess a bachelor’s degree or higher.
The area school district serves 5,430 children through its six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The VASD boasts a student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1. Niche.com rates the district an overall A- with individual A ratings in both Academics and Teaching in addition to an A+ grade in College Prep. The city also includes several private and religious K-12 schools.
Two Madison-based Metro Traffic bus lines transit the city, including the 55 and 75. Downtown Madison remains accessible via the 75. A one-way trip runs approximately 45 minutes.
The US 18/151, known locally as the Verona Road, crosses the city. The highway connects Madison to nearby Dubuque. The average one-way commute lasts 24 minutes, slightly lower than the state average.
Lamers Bus Lines provides service between nearby Madison, Mt. Horeb, Dodgeville, Platteville and Dubuque.
The Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin offers access to Amtrak’s Hiawatha line.
Things To Do in the City
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Military Ridge State Trail, a well-maintained 40-mile hiking and biking trail that runs parallel to the US-18. Throughout the summer, Fireman’s Park Beach provides opportunities to cool off, as well as fishing and swimming.
Gourmands will find much to enjoy in the city’s restaurants including farm-to-table eateries. Verona is also home to numerous wineries and brewpubs — and being Wisconsin, where there is wine, tasty cheese is never far away.
Finally, the Fall Fest remains a popular regional attraction, with live music, games, a petting zoo and the inevitable bonfire.
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