Brodhead, Wisconsin

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Brodhead, Wisconsin
Location of Brodhead in Rock County, Wisconsin
Location of Brodhead in Rock County, 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
Country United States
State Wisconsin
CountiesGreen, Rock
 • MayorTroy Nyman
 • Total1.79 sq mi (4.65 km2)
 • Land1.79 sq mi (4.65 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation794 ft (242 m)
 • Total3,293
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,808.91/sq mi (698.49/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
Area code(s)608
FIPS code55-09925[5]
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. Of these, 3,203 were in Green County, and only 90 were in Rock County. In February 2000, the city annexed a portion of land from the Town of Spring Valley in Rock County.


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.[6]

The railroad track that runs east and west through 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 raceway was dredged off of a branch of the Sugar River that diverted a long canal to a hydroelectric generator that supplied electricity to the town. This gave Brodhead the distinction of having electrical service before other larger cities such as Chicago, and perhaps the first electrical service in Wisconsin.[citation needed]


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).[7]

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.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,247[4]−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

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[edit]

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 people of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 1,346 households, of which 32.3% 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.


Brodhead is served by the Brodhead School District. Grades Pre-K through 5 attend Albrecht Elementary school. Grades 6 through 8 attend Brodhead Middle School. Brodhead High School is the local high school.[10]


Wisconsin State Highways[edit]

  • WIS 11.svg WIS 11 runs right through town as 1st Center Ave.
  • WIS 81.svg WIS 81 runs south of town.
  • WIS 104.svg WIS 104 starts at the northeast corner of town.[11]


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

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ JS Online: Don't look too closely at Half-Way Tree's roots Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ = 201-03-06
  11. ^ "Brodhead · Wisconsin 53520".
  12. ^ Thax Douglas on laying low in Wisconsin
  13. ^ HISTORY OF GREEN COUNTY, WISCONSIN. Springfield, Ill.: Union Publishing Company. 1884. p. 292.
  14. ^ "M. Stanley Livingston". Archived from the original on 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  15. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1875,' Biographical Sketch of Harvey Thomas Moore, pg. 312
  16. ^ Henry Clay Putnam
  17. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1883,' Biographical Sketch of Archibald N. Randall, pg. 476-477
  18. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1881,' Biographical Sketch of Birr Sprague, pg. 511
  19. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1907, Biographical Sketch of Fred Ties, pg. 1151

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