Middleton, Wisconsin

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Middleton
City
The City of Middleton
Motto: The Good Neighbor City
Location in Dane County and the state of Wisconsin.
Location in Dane County and the state of Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 43°03′37″N 89°34′18″W / 43.06028°N 89.57167°W / 43.06028; -89.57167Coordinates: 43°03′37″N 89°34′18″W / 43.06028°N 89.57167°W / 43.06028; -89.57167
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Dane
Area[1]
 • City 9.12 sq mi (23.62 km2)
 • Land 8.98 sq mi (23.26 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 17,442
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 18,159
 • Density 1,942.3/sq mi (749.9/km2)
 • Metro 561,505 (88th)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 53562
Area code(s) 608
Website ci.middleton.wi.us

Middleton is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. It is a north-western suburb of the state capital, Madison, but it was actually founded before Madison. It got its name from Middletown, Connecticut; the "w" being dropped was due to a paperwork error made by longtime historian Edward Kromrey (namesake of the local middle school). Middleton's motto is "The Good Neighbor City." The population was 17,442 at the 2010 census.

In July 2009, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Middleton the fourth best small town to live in the United States.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.12 square miles (23.62 km2), of which 8.98 square miles (23.26 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Middleton, Wisconsin
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 23
(−5)
29
(−2)
41
(5)
54
(12)
67
(19)
77
(25)
81
(27)
78
(26)
70
(21)
58
(14)
42
(6)
29
(−2)
54.1
(12.2)
Average low °F (°C) 6
(−14)
12
(−11)
23
(−5)
35
(2)
46
(8)
56
(13)
60
(16)
58
(14)
50
(10)
38
(3)
25
(−4)
13
(−11)
35.2
(1.8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.14
(29)
1.14
(29)
2.18
(55.4)
3.61
(91.7)
3.47
(88.1)
4.50
(114.3)
4.03
(102.4)
4.05
(102.9)
3.25
(82.6)
2.42
(61.5)
2.37
(60.2)
1.32
(33.5)
33.48
(850.4)
Source: The Weather Channel[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 285
1880 295 3.5%
1910 679
1920 791 16.5%
1930 983 24.3%
1940 1,358 38.1%
1950 2,110 55.4%
1960 4,410 109.0%
1970 8,246 87.0%
1980 11,851 43.7%
1990 13,289 12.1%
2000 15,770 18.7%
2010 17,442 10.6%
Est. 2014 18,671 [6] 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

Since 1990 there has been a population increase of over 20% in the Madison metropolitan area. This has led to Middleton being considered as the western hub of a proposed, albeit controversial, 13-mile (21 km) railroad corridor connecting Middleton's Greenway Station, the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, downtown Madison, and Madison's far east side.[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 17,442 people, 8,037 households, and 4,453 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,942.3 inhabitants per square mile (749.9/km2). There were 8,565 housing units at an average density of 953.8 per square mile (368.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.1% White, 3.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.2% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population.

There were 8,037 households of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.6% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 39.1 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.3% were from 45 to 64; and 12.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] in 2000, there were 15,770 people living in Middleton, although in 2006 that number was estimated to be as high as 16,595. The population density was 1,953.2 people per square mile (754.5/km2). There were 7,397 housing units at an average density of 916.2 per square mile (353.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.08% White, 1.97% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 2.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 2.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the census, there were 7,095 households in Middleton, out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.9% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.90.

The age of the population of Middleton is fairly diverse. The census states that 22.7% of the citizens there were under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,786, and the median income for a family was $71,514. Males had a median income of $41,070 versus $30,928 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,464. About 3.1% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

Municipal services[edit]

Proposed trail sign in Middleton.

The city of Middleton is served by the Middleton Police Department. The Middleton Fire Department provides fire protection services to a district consisting of the city of Middleton, as well as the neighboring town of Middleton and portions of the towns of Springfield and Westport. The Middleton Emergency Medical Services department provides EMS services to the city of Middleton and the neighboring townships of Middleton and Springfield.

Economy[edit]

View of Middleton Hills from wetlands.

The American Girl, Capital Brewery, Springs Window Fashions, and Electronic Theatre Controls company headquarters are located in Middleton. Middleton is also home to Morey Field, a multi-runway, general aviation airport.

Middleton is the site of Middleton Hills, a nationally recognized Parade of Homes neighborhood, based on the principles of New Urbanism. Founded by the late Marshall Erdman and designed by architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Middleton Hills is credited as being the first such neighborhood in Wisconsin.

Education[edit]

Middleton belongs to the Middleton-Cross Plains School District. There are six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative senior high school in the district.

Students attend either Middleton High School or Clark Street Community School.[10]

Media[edit]

The Middleton Times-Tribune is a weekly community newspaper.

Attractions[edit]

Middleton is the home of the National Mustard Museum. It was originally located in the nearby town of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, but moved to Middleton. The museum and its curator were featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition broadcast of July 29, 2010,[11] and Weekend Edition Saturday on February 18, 1995 (when it was located in Mount Horeb).[12][13]

The Imperial Garden restaurant, founded in 1981, has been voted the Best of Madison: Best Chinese Restaurant for 28 straight years.[14]

Notable people[edit]

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