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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Fitchburg City Hall
Fitchburg City Hall
Location of Fitchburg in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Location of Fitchburg in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Dane
 • Total 35.16 sq mi (91.06 km2)
 • Land 34.92 sq mi (90.44 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)
 • Total 29,609
 • Estimate 
 • Density 881.79/sq mi (340.46/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
53711, 53719
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-25950

Fitchburg is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 29,609 at the 2020 census. Fitchburg is a suburb of Madison and is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fitchburg consists of a mix of suburban neighborhoods closer to the border with the city of Madison, commercial and industrial properties, and more rural properties in the southern portion of the city. Despite its status as an incorporated city, some rural parts of Fitchburg still lack certain municipal services such as sewer, water, and natural gas.


Fitchburg was a town until its incorporation as a city on April 26, 1983. As the city of Madison began to encroach upon the town of Fitchburg via annexation, the town pursued incorporation as a city to halt Madison's expansion into the town. The fight to allow incorporation ultimately went to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, which ruled that Fitchburg could incorporate as a city.

Former unincorporated communities


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.21 square miles (91.19 km2), of which, 34.97 square miles (90.57 km2) is land and 0.24 square miles (0.62 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 15,648
2000 20,501 31.0%
2010 25,260 23.2%
2020 29,609 17.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $50,433, and the median income for a family was $64,106. Males had a median income of $37,440 versus $27,974 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,317. About 5.0% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 25,260 people, 9,955 households, and 6,238 families living in the city. The population density was 722.3 inhabitants per square mile (278.9/km2). There were 10,668 housing units at an average density of 305.1 per square mile (117.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 72.2% White, 10.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.9% Asian, 8.8% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.2% of the population.

There were 9,955 households, of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 32.9 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 7.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

City services

Fitchburg is served by the Fitchburg Police Department and Fitchburg Fire Department. Emergency medical services are provided by the Fitch-Rona EMS district, which also serves the neighboring city and town of Verona. Various portions of Fitchburg are served by municipal sewer, water and natural gas utilities.

Notable people

  • Jimmy P. Anderson, Wisconsin State Assembly, lives in Fitchburg.
  • Ada Deer, Native American advocate, scholar, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, lives in Fitchburg.
  • Frances Huntley-Cooper, Former Mayor, lives in Fitchburg.
  • Elizabeth McCoy (microbiologist), Microbiologist and Professor, lived in Fitchburg.
  • Roscoe Mitchell, Saxophonist and composer, lives in Fitchburg.
  • Homer A. Stone, Wisconsin State Assembly and farmer, was born in Fitchburg.

See also

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