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Cuba City, Wisconsin
Former Cuba City State Bank and Post Office
Former Cuba City State Bank and Post Office
Motto(s): 
"The City of Presidents"
Location of Cuba City in Grant County, Wisconsin.
Location of Cuba City in Grant County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 42°36′21″N 90°25′49″W / 42.60583°N 90.43028°W / 42.60583; -90.43028
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Counties Grant, Lafayette
Area
 • Total 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Land 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,010 ft (308 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,086
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,029
 • Density 1,749.14/sq mi (675.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
53807
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-17950
GNIS feature ID 1563606

Cuba City is a city partly in Grant County and partly in Lafayette County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 2,086 at the 2010 census. Of this, 1,877 were in Grant County, and 209 were in Lafayette County. The city is nicknamed "The City of Presidents" because of the presidential banners displayed along the city's Main Street.

History

The history of the city began in 1836, when John Amie Merle and Mathais Comstock purchased 160 acres of land from the American Government in Grant County. The first structure in the community was erected in 1846 by Jack Deboard. Deboard is considered the first settler in Cuba City.

The name "Yuba City" was finally picked after a dispute about the name of the new village, but after discovering another location had already been given that name, a new name, "Cuba City," was selected.

The city was incorporated in 1925.

Geography

Cuba City is located at 42°36′21″N 90°25′49″W / 42.60583°N 90.43028°W / 42.60583; -90.43028 (42.605874, -90.430274).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), all of it land. Most of the city lies in Grant County, with only a small portion in Lafayette County.

The community is located on State Highway 80.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 48
1900 636
1910 967 52.0%
1920 1,175 21.5%
1930 1,157 −1.5%
1940 1,259 8.8%
1950 1,333 5.9%
1960 1,673 25.5%
1970 1,993 19.1%
1980 2,129 6.8%
1990 2,024 −4.9%
2000 2,156 6.5%
2010 2,086 −3.2%
2019 (est.) 2,029 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,086 people, 847 households, and 537 families living in the city. The population density was 1,931.5 inhabitants per square mile (745.8/km2). There were 899 housing units at an average density of 832.4 per square mile (321.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 847 households, of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 23.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

Education

Cuba City is notable in terms of education because of its high school, Cuba City High School. Though the school is small in terms of attendance (250-300 students), it stands out in its academic and athletic performance. In 2007, it won a National Blue Ribbon Award from the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The Cuba City Varsity Women's Basketball team has qualified for and won the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's state basketball tournament more times than any other team since the tournament began in 1976. Though its Women's Basketball team is its most successful, its Wrestling team and Track & Field team has also been somewhat successful at the state level.

Students that attend Cuba City High School matriculate from Cuba City Middle School, St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Cuba City (serving grades K-8), and Immaculate Conception in Kieler, Wisconsin (serving grades 4-8).

Cuba City Elementary School (serving grades K-5) and Cuba City Middle School (serving grades 6-8) are located in the same building just north of the High School. As the building housing the schools is a circle, it is often affectionately called "The Round School".

Notable people

  • Bert A. Clemens, Wisconsin State Representative, was born in Cuba City.
  • Judd Conlon, music arranger for Walt Disney, was born in Cuba City.
  • William H. Goldthorpe, Wisconsin state representative, was postmaster of Cuba City.
  • Chuck Harris, NFL player, was born in Cuba City.
  • Sherman E. Smalley, Wisconsin State Representative and jurist, lived in Cuba City.
  • Robert S. Travis, Jr., Wisconsin State Representative, was born in Cuba City.
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