MOVING TO DANE COUNTY?

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Fast Facts about Dane County

  •  The median home value for Dane County is $233,300
  • Dane County is home to the capitol city, Madison, and the city is bisected by the beautiful capitol (seen above) into East and West Madison.
  • There are many incredible suburbs and towns in Dane County, each with a unique characteristic. Some of these suburbs include Cottage Grove, Cross Plains, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona and last but not least, Waunakee
  • Dane County is home to 1,238 square miles and 523,648 residents living in Dane County. 
  • On average, there are 185 sunny days in Dane County, and the average July high temperature is 83 degrees. 
  • The highest point in Dane County is East Blue Mounds, which is 1,489 feet above sea level. East Blue Mounds is a part of Blue Mounds State Park, just outside of Barneveld. 

Blue Mounds State Park -- Barneveld, WI

Activities in Dane County

Cottage Grove

Activities

Music in the Grove is a free family-friendly summer outdoor music performance series held in various parks in Cottage Grove. The wide variety of musical talent is sure to please each attendee, and it is a wonderful opportunity to grow in community. 

School District

Monona Grove School District 

5301 Monona Drive

Monona, WI 53716

www.mononagrove.org 

Health Care

Wildwood Family Clinic 

251 East Cottage Grove Rd., Cottage Grove WI

(608) 839-3515

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

Concentra Urgent Care

358 Junction Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 829-1888

UW Health West Towne Clinic

7102 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 828- 7603

Cross Plains

Activities

At 483 acres, Indian Lake is one of Dane County’s largest parks. A winding leads to a historic chapel build in 1857 located on a hilltop that provides a breath taking view of the lake and surrounding valley. A trail has been developed around the entire lake, and miles of cross-country ski and nature trails in the wooded hills provide many recreational opportunities and access to a log cabin warming house. The park also has a pet exercise area located adjacent to the small boat launch of US Hwy 19 at the entrance on the west side of the lake.

 Indian Lake -- Cross Plains, WI
 

School District

Middleton School District

7106 South Ave. 

Middleton, WI 53562

(608)829-9000

www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

Concentra Urgent Care

358 Junction Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 829-1888

UW Health West Towne Clinic

7102 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 828- 7603 

DeForest

Activities

DeForest hosts a large section of the Yahara River Trail System. When completed, it is approximately 18 miles. It connects to the Dane County trail system at Token Creek and with the City of Madison at Cherokee Marsh. This trail is absolutely beautiful.

School District

DeForest School District   

520 East Holum St.

DeForest, WI 53532

(608) 842-6500

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Fitchburg

Activities

Fitchburg Days is a three-day long event including carnivals, food, live music, Irish entertainment, Vilas zoo animals, children’s activities and much, much more!

School District

Verona School District

120 W. Verona Ave. 

Verona, WI 53593

(608) 845-4300

www.verona.k12.wi.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Central Madison

Activities

Capitol and captivating, Madison blends big city culture with small town charm. The city center is dominated by the Madison State Capitol Building, modeled after the Capitol in Washington, D.C.. Its stunning rotunda is always open to visitors. Saturday mornings from early Spring to late Fall, area farmer transform the Capitol Square into an open-air market. There's everything from twenty varieties of bean sprouts to freshly made summer sausage.

School District

Madison Metropolitan School District 

545 W. Dayton St.

Madison, WI 53703

(608) 663-1879

www.madison.k12.wi.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

East Madison

Activities

The East Side of Madison has many attractions to its residents. Some of these attractions include Warner Park, which is a sports complex that hosts the Madison Mallards, a summer collegiate baseball team. Nothing says a summer night on the east side like a night at a Mallards' game or a stroll through Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Tucked on the shores of Lake Mendota is Maple Bluff, a beautiful neighborhoods that is home to the Governor's Mansion.

School District

Madison Metropolitan School District

545 W. Dayton St.

Madison, WI 53703

(608) 663-1879

www.madison.k12.wi.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

UW Health East Towne Clinic

4122 East Towne Blvd. Madison, WI

(608) 242-6855 

West Madison

Activities

The West Side of Madison hosts many activities to enjoy. From playing on the multiple golf courses, walking around the beautiful ponds, or biking on its numerous trails, there are hardly a lack of activities. The west side of Madison is removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but still very close in proximity to the resources and downtown activities. Each neighborhood hosts its own activities, such as fireworks for the Fourth of July at Elver Park, sledding at Glenway Golf Course or skating at Westmoreland Park. Close in proximity to Lakes Mendota, Wingra, and Monona hosts many opportunities for residents. The west side of Madison is home to many neighborhoods sure to fit its residents tastes. 

School District

Madison Metropolitan School District 

545 W. Dayton St.

Madison, WI 53703

(608) 663-1879

www.madison.k12.wi.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Concentra Urgent Care

358 Junction Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 829-1888

UW Health West Towne Clinic

7102 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 828- 7603

McFarland

Activities

The Madison Curling Club offers anyone interested in learning more about the roaring game of curling, whether as a participant or a spectator, the opportunity to experience this unique sport suitable for all ages.

School District

McFarland School District 

5101 Farwell St.

McFarland, WI 53558

(608) 838-0430

www.mcfarland.k12.wi.us

Health Care

UW Health East Towne Clinic

4122 East Towne Blvd. Madison, WI

(608) 242-6855

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Middleton

Activities

The National Mustard Museum has more than 5,000 jars, bottles, and tubes from over 50 states and more than 60 countries. This is considered to be the world’s mustard mecca. This is the best place on earth to taste, see and discover the fascinating world of mustard.

School District

Middleton School District

7106 South Ave. 

Middleton, WI 53562

(608)829-9000

www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

Concentra Urgent Care

358 Junction Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 829-1888

UW Health West Towne Clinic

7102 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 828- 7603

Monona

Activities

The Aldo Leopold Youth Nature Center is leading the way to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture interest, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things.

 Aldo Leopold Center -- Monona, WI

School District

Monona Grove School District 

5301 Monona Drive

Monona, WI 53716

www.mononagrove.org

Health Care

UW Health East Towne Clinic

4122 East Towne Blvd. Madison, WI

(608) 242-6855 

Wildwood Family Clinic 

251 East Cottage Grove Rd., Cottage Grove WI

(608) 839-3515

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

Oregon

Activities

The Oregon Summerfest is an annual festival that welcomes summer with tons of family-oriented fun and community-wide celebration. This two-day event features carnival games, fireworks, live entertainment, a 5k/10k walk, as well as a car show and hot air balloon rides.

School District

Oregon School District 

123 East Grove St.

Oregon, WI 53575

(608) 835-4000

www.oregonsd.org

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Stoughton

Activities

As the largest Syttende Mai celebration in the US, this Norwegian holiday is famous for its parades, and Norwegian dancers. This festival also hosts food stands, entertainment, run, walk, canoe race, and exhibits.

School District

Stoughton School District 

320 North St.

Stoughton, WI 53589

(608) 877-5000

www.stoughton.k12.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Sun Prairie

Activities

Sun Prairie is home to the annual Sweet Corn Festival, a family friendly event that draws around 100,000 people from all around the Midwest every year. In addition to the 75 tons of corn served at the event, activities include carnival rides, live music, a petting zoo, and food booths galore.

 Sweet Corn Festival -- Sun Prairie, WI

School District

Sun Prairie School District 

501 S. Bird St.,

Sun Prairie, WI 53590

(608) 834-6500

www.sunprairie.k12.wi.us

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

UW Health East Towne Clinic

4122 East Towne Blvd. Madison, WI

(608) 242-6855 

Verona

Activities

At Fireman’s Park Beach, kids and adults alike enjoy the sun, sand, fishing, diving board and playground equipment at the 18-acre Fireman’s Park Beach located on the city’s southwest side. The beach, staffed with certified lifeguards, has picnic tables, two water slides, paddle board rentals, a beach house and concessions. Season passes are available to both Verona residents and non-residents.

School District

Verona School District

120 W. Verona Ave. 

Verona, WI 53593

(608) 845-4300

www.verona.k12.wi.us.

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Waunakee

Activities

WaunaFest is an annual festival that has something for everyone. There is food, live music, softball/volleyball/soccer tournaments, carnival, arts and crafts fair, petting zoo, and pony rides, concessions benefitting local service clubs and more. This festival also hosts the popular WaunaFest Run with 5k and 10k races. 

School District

Waunakee School District 

905 Bethel Circle

Waunakee, WI 53597

(608) 849-2000

www.waunakee.k12.wi.us/

Health Care

University (UW) Hospital

600 Highland Ave, Madison WI

(608) 263-6400

St. Mary's Hospital

700 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 251-6100

Meriter Hospital

202 S. Park St, Madison WI

(608) 417-6000

Concentra Urgent Care

358 Junction Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 829-1888

UW Health West Towne Clinic

7102 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI

(608) 828- 7603

MOVING CHECKLIST

  1. Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical.
  2. Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a
  3. charity, or recycle.
  4. Dont throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how youd feel if you no longer had it.
  5. Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils.
  6. Decide what if anything you plan to move yourself. Precious items such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move should probably stay with you.
  7. Use the right box for the item. Loose items encourage breakage.
  8. Put heavy items in small boxes so theyre easier to lift. Keep weight under 50 lbs. if possible.
  9. Dont over-pack boxes and increase the chances they will break.
  10. Wrap every fragile item separately and pad bottom and sides of boxes.
  11. Label every box on all sides. You never know how theyll be stacked and you dont want to have to move other boxes aside to find out whats there.
  12. Use color-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in. Color-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers.
  13. Keep your moving documents together, including phone numbers, driver’s name and van number. Also keep your address book handy.
  14. Back up your computer files before moving your computer.
  15. Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.
  16. Remember, most movers wont take plants.