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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Dodge County

Beaver Dam is a city in Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States, along Beaver Dam Lake and the Beaver Dam River. The population was 15,169 at the 2000 census. The city is located within the Town of Beaver Dam.

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Geography and climate

Beaver Dam is located at 43°27′35″N 88°50′9″W / 43.45972°N 88.83583°W / 43.45972; -88.83583 (43.459967, -88.836066)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (20.43%) is water.

Since 1996, the average annual snowfall in Beaver Dam has been 59.4 inches. The 2007-2008 winter season was the snowiest on record, with a recorded 119.7 inches of snow. [2]

Normal climate[3]

Normal temperatures

(Official NWS climate station)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Max °F 24.3 26.9 42.0 56.0 69.4 77.7 80.0 78.8 72.2 57.3 45.3 28.9 54.8
Min °F 7.2 9.3 23.1 35.4 46.2 57.3 57.8 59.0 51.2 39.7 29.3 12.9 35.6

Normal precipitation

(Official NWS climate station)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Inch 1.54 1.90 3.20 4.15 3.40 6.42 3.21 5.22 2.81 2.91 1.90 2.81 39.47

Normal Snowfall

(Official NWS climate station)
Year 1996 - 1997 1997 - 1998 1998 - 1999 1999 - 2000 2000 - 2001 2001 - 2002 2002 - 2003 2003 - 2004 2004 - 2005 2005 - 2006 2006 - 2007 2007 - 2008 2008 - 2009 2009 - 2010 Annual
Inch 80.0 60.0 49.5 42.3 62.5 40.7 35.5 30.4 53.3 51.3 61.5 119.7 85.9 59.5 59.4

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 15,169 people, 6,349 households, and 3,999 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,904.6 people per square mile (1,122.0/km²). There were 6,685 housing units at an average density of 1,280.1/sq mi (494.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.95% White, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.61% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 4.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,349 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,873, and the median income for a family was $46,346. Males had a median income of $33,267 versus $23,513 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,592. About 4.5% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

History

Beaver Dam was first settled by Thomas Macki and Joseph Goetschius in 1841, and was home to almost 100 people by 1843. Beaver Dam was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1856.[5] Also in 1856, the Milwaukee Railroad reached the area, encouraging further growth. The city was named for an old beaver dam located in a stream flowing into Beaver Dam River.[6] The area was also known as Okwanim, Chippewa for beaver dam.[7]

Education

School district

The Beaver Dam Unified School District provides public education in the area.

Primary education

In Beaver Dam, there are seven public primary schools for K to 5th grades: Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, South Beaver Dam Elementary, Trenton Elementary, Washington Elementary, and Wilson Elementary.

There are two private primary schools: St. Katharine Drexel (grades: pre-K to 8th)[8], and St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran (grades: K to 8th)[9].

Middle school

Beaver Dam Middle School is the local public middle school teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Secondary education

Beaver Dam High School is the local public high school; its mascot is The Golden Beaver. The city is also home to Wayland Academy, a private school.

Collegiate education

The Beaver Dam campus of Moraine Park Technical College is located in the city.

Notable citizens

Media

Events

The following events are held each year in Beaver Dam, WI: [10]

January:

March:

April:

May:

  • Nancy's Notions Sewing Exposition - 1st weekend
  • Race Into Summer Festival - Sunday of Memorial Day weekend
  • Memorial Day Parade - Memorial Day

June:

  • Swan City Classic Car Show - Father's Day

July:

  • Lake Days / Swan Park Craft Fair - 2nd weekend

August:

  • Fiesta Beaver Dam - 1st Saturday
  • Dodge County Fair - 3rd Wednesday through the following Sunday
  • Corn Roast - 4th Friday

September:

  • Taste of Wisconsin (beer & cheese tasting) - 2nd Saturday in September

November:

  • Economic Update Luncheon - 3rd Wednesday

December:

  • Christmas Parade - 1st Saturday

Films shot in Beaver Dam

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Official Observation-National Weather Service Climate Station
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Private and Local Laws Passed by the Legislature of Wisconsin in 1856, ch. 143. http://books.google.com/books?id=ttY4AAAAIAAJ
  6. ^ "Beaver Dam [brief history", in Dictionary of Wisconsin History http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=15129
  7. ^ Virgil J. Voegl, Indian Names on Wisconsin's Map. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. ISBN 0299129802 p. 142
  8. ^ http://www.skds.org/prek.htm
  9. ^ http://www.saintstephen.org/school/showpage.cfm?p=135&Title=Grade 8
  10. ^ http://www.beaverdamchamber.com/tourism.cfm

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