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Prescott, Wisconsin
—  City  —
View of Prescott from park on Point Douglas
Location of Prescott, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°45′6″N 92°47′35″W / 44.75167°N 92.79306°W / 44.75167; -92.79306
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Pierce
 - Total 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 - Land 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 712 ft (217 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,764
 - Density 1,860.4/sq mi (718.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-65375[2]
GNIS feature ID 1571918[1]
Aerial view of the city

Prescott is a city in Pierce County, Wisconsin at the confluence of the St. Croix River and Mississippi River. The population was 3,764 at the 2000 census, making it the second-largest city in the county after River Falls, and the largest entirely within Pierce County.

Prescott was home to the mother house of the Franciscan Servants of Jesus. The town was first settled by (and named for) Philander Prescott, who opened a trading post here in 1839.



Prescott is located at 44°45′6″N 92°47′35″W / 44.75167°N 92.79306°W / 44.75167; -92.79306 (44.751567, -92.793141)[3]. It is the westernmost incorporated community in Wisconsin, although rural portions of Burnett and Polk counties are further west. Prescott, along with the rest of Pierce County, is officially a part of the Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (15.48%) is water.


Prescott is served by US 10, WIS 35 and WIS 29. US 10 runs west to the Twin Cities and east to the county seat in Ellsworth. WIS 35 runs along Wisconsin's western border. From Prescott, it runs north toward River Falls and Hudson, although County Road F provides a more direct connection to Hudson. WIS 35 runs south along the Mississippi River through rural areas all the way to La Crosse, although the highway provides easy access to Red Wing, Minnesota via US 63. WIS 29 has its western terminus at Prescott. It runs east to River Falls, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls, Wausau, and Green Bay before ending in Kewaunee.

Due to its location along the confluence of two navigable rivers, Prescott is a major area for private boating, but no scheduled commercial transportation options are available by river.

Amtrak train service is available in Red Wing, which is served by the Empire Builder, running between Chicago and Seattle or Portland, Oregon.

The nearest Greyhound bus service is available in St. Paul.

Commercial air service is available at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in the Twin Cities.


Prescott has three public schools and one parochial school. The Prescott School District operates the three public schools, which are Malone Elementary School (Grades K-5), Prescott Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Prescott High School (Grades 9-12). St. Joseph's School offers a private Catholic education for grades K-6. The mascot for the Prescott Public Schools is the Cardinal.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,764 people, 1,432 households, and 1,006 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,860.4 people per square mile (719.4/km²). There were 1,472 housing units at an average density of 727.5/sq mi (281.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.17% White, 0.21% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

There were 1,432 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,598, and the median income for a family was $60,237. Males had a median income of $37,950 versus $27,111 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,610. About 1.6% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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