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Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Looking east at downtown Cross Plains on U.S. 14
Looking east at downtown Cross Plains on U.S. 14
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Location of Cross Plains in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Location of Cross Plains in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Dane
 • Total 1.80 sq mi (4.66 km2)
 • Land 1.80 sq mi (4.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
938 ft (286 m)
 • Total 4,104
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,379.79/sq mi (919.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-17800
GNIS feature ID 1583029

Cross Plains is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 4,104 at the 2020 census. The village is located partially within the Town of Cross Plains. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Cross Plains was named by a settler for his home in Cross Plains, Tennessee. The village was incorporated in 1920.


Cross Plains is located at 43°6′51″N 89°38′40″W / 43.11417°N 89.64444°W / 43.11417; -89.64444 (43.114407, -89.644503).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.76 square miles (4.56 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 42
1930 302
1940 374 23.8%
1950 464 24.1%
1960 1,066 129.7%
1970 1,478 38.6%
1980 2,156 45.9%
1990 2,098 −2.7%
2000 3,084 47.0%
2010 3,538 14.7%
2020 4,104 16.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Looking west at downtown Cross Plains

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,538 people, 1,386 households, and 966 families living in the village. The population density was 2,010.2 inhabitants per square mile (776.1/km2). There were 1,452 housing units at an average density of 825.0 per square mile (318.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.1% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 1,386 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the village was 36.8 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.6% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.


Cross Plains Public Schools belong to the Middleton-Cross Plains School District. There are six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative senior high school in the district.

Students attend either Middleton High School or Middleton Alternative Senior High School.

St. Francis Xavier School in Cross Plains, founded in 1857, educates students from grades K-8.

Notable people

  • Connie Grob, baseball player
  • Jeffrey S. Grob, Roman Catholic bishop
  • Matt Lepay, sports announcer
  • Matthew Anderson, member of Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate

See also

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