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"Groundhog Capital of the World"
Sun Prairie is a city in Dane County, in the Madison metro area.
A group of workers, headed to Madison in 1837 to build a new capitol, slogged through nine days of rain until they reached this point, where the sun came out.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Wisconsin named Sun Prairie. For links to other places called Sun Prairie, WI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Sun Prairie is 43.183N. The longitude is -89.213W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 958 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,484.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Sun Prairie demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dane County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Madison area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 53590 ZIP code.
36% of Sun Prairie residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Sun Prairie ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Sun Prairie was $23,277, compared with $21,587 nationally.
34% of Sun Prairie residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Sun Prairie, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $606. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,244.
Libraries in Sun Prairie include Sun Prairie Public Library ... View libraries
Dane County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Sun Prairie political report.
The average commute time for Sun Prairie workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Sun Prairie between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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