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Brodhead, Wisconsin
Location of Brodhead in Rock County, Wisconsin
Location of Brodhead in Rock County, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Counties Green, Rock
 • Total 1.79 sq mi (4.65 km2)
 • Land 1.79 sq mi (4.65 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
794 ft (242 m)
 • Total 3,293
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,808.91/sq mi (698.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-09925
GNIS feature ID 1562229

Brodhead is a city in Green and Rock counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 3,293 at the 2010 census. Of these, 3,203 were in Green County, and only 90 were in Rock County. In February 2000, the city annexed a portion of land from the Town of Spring Valley in Rock County.


Just south of town is a historic marker for the Half-Way Tree, a bur oak supposedly identified by Native Americans as the halfway point on a foot trail between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. The railroad track that runs east and west thru town features a small museum with a train and army tank on display, adjacent to the park and bandstand pavilion. The museum curator said that the railroad was being wooed by two different towns and decided to split the difference and created Brodhead. A nearby branch of the Sugar River was diverted along a canal to a small hydroelectric generator supplied by a small holding pond. This supposedly gave Brodhead the distinction of having electrical service before other larger cities such as Chicago, and perhaps the first electrical service in Wisconsin.


Brodhead is located at 42°37′7″N 89°22′35″W / 42.61861°N 89.37639°W / 42.61861; -89.37639 (42.618540, -89.376291).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.84 square miles (4.77 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,548
1880 1,254 −19.0%
1890 1,461 16.5%
1900 1,584 8.4%
1910 1,517 −4.2%
1920 1,600 5.5%
1930 1,533 −4.2%
1940 1,750 14.2%
1950 2,016 15.2%
1960 2,444 21.2%
1970 2,515 2.9%
1980 3,153 25.4%
1990 3,165 0.4%
2000 3,180 0.5%
2010 3,293 3.6%
2019 (est.) 3,247 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $36,506, and the median income for a family was $46,199. Males had a median income of $32,031 versus $24,442 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,455. About 6.6% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,293 people, 1,346 households, and 851 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,789.7 inhabitants per square mile (691.0/km2). There were 1,452 housing units at an average density of 789.1 per square mile (304.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 1,346 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64, and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.


Wisconsin State Highways

  • WIS 11.svg WIS 11 runs right through town as 1st Center Ave.
  • WIS 81.svg WIS 81 runs south of town.
  • WIS 104.svg WIS 104 starts at the northeast corner of town.


The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad runs through town on the branch line to Monroe.


  • Sanborn fire insurance maps: 1908 1915


Brodhead is served by the Brodhead School District. Grades Pre-K through 5 attend Albrecht Elementary school. Grades 6 through 8 attend Brodhead Middle School. Brodhead High School is the local high school.

Notable people

  • Thax Douglas, poet; lives in Brodhead
  • David Dunwiddie, Wisconsin state legislator; lived in Brodhead
  • Milton S. Livingston, physicist; born in Brodhead
  • Harvey T. Moore, Vermont and Wisconsin state legislator; lived in Brodhead
  • Henry Putnam, Wisconsin state legislator; was President of Brodhead
  • Archibald N. Randall, Wisconsin state legislator
  • Burr Sprague, Wisconsin state legislator; lived in Brodhead
  • Albert M. Ten Eyck, academic
  • Fred Ties, Wisconsin state legislator; lived in Brodhead

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