Brodhead, Wisconsin

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Brodhead, Wisconsin
—  City  —
Location of Brodhead, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°37′7″N 89°22′35″W / 42.61861°N 89.37639°W / 42.61861; -89.37639Coordinates: 42°37′7″N 89°22′35″W / 42.61861°N 89.37639°W / 42.61861; -89.37639
CountryUnited States
StateWisconsin
CountiesGreen, Rock
Government
 • MayorDouglas Pinnow
Area[1]
 • Total1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Land1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[2]794 ft (242 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total3,293
 • Density1,789.7/sq mi (691.0/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Zip Code53520
Area code(s)608
FIPS code55-09925[4]
GNIS feature ID1562229[2]
 
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Brodhead, Wisconsin
—  City  —
Location of Brodhead, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°37′7″N 89°22′35″W / 42.61861°N 89.37639°W / 42.61861; -89.37639Coordinates: 42°37′7″N 89°22′35″W / 42.61861°N 89.37639°W / 42.61861; -89.37639
CountryUnited States
StateWisconsin
CountiesGreen, Rock
Government
 • MayorDouglas Pinnow
Area[1]
 • Total1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Land1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[2]794 ft (242 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total3,293
 • Density1,789.7/sq mi (691.0/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Zip Code53520
Area code(s)608
FIPS code55-09925[4]
GNIS feature ID1562229[2]

Brodhead is a city in Green and Rock Counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 3,293 at the 2010 census. In February 2000, the city annexed a portion of land from the Town of Spring Valley in Rock County.

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History

Just south of town is a historic marker for the Half-Way Tree, a bur oak supposedly identified by Native Americans as the halfway point on a foot trail between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River.[5] The railroad track that runs east and west thru town features a small museum with a train and army tank on display, adjacent to the park and bandstand pavilion. The museum curator said that the railroad was being wooed by two different towns and decided to split the difference and created Brodhead. A nearby branch of the Sugar River was diverted along a canal to a small hydroelectric generator supplied by a small holding pond. This supposedly gave Brodhead the distinction of having electrical service before other larger cities such as Chicago, and perhaps the first electrical service in Wisconsin.[6]

Notable people

Geography

Brodhead is located at 42°37′7″N 89°22′35″W / 42.61861°N 89.37639°W / 42.61861; -89.37639 (42.618540, -89.376291).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.84 square miles (4.77 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $36,506, and the median income for a family was $46,199. Males had a median income of $32,031 versus $24,442 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,455. About 6.6% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 3,293 people, 1,346 households, and 851 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,789.7 inhabitants per square mile (691.0 /km2). There were 1,452 housing units at an average density of 789.1 per square mile (304.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 1,346 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.

Transportation

Wisconsin State Highways

Railroads

The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad runs through town on the branch line to Monroe

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