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Jackson, Wisconsin
Location of Jackson, Washington County, Wisconsin
Location of Jackson, Washington County, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Washington
 • Total 34.4 sq mi (99.0 km2)
 • Land 34.2 sq mi (88.7 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
843 ft (257 m)
 • Total 3,516
 • Density 102.7/sq mi (39.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-37700
GNIS feature ID 1583444

Jackson is a town in Washington County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 3,516 at the 2000 census. The Village of Jackson is located partially within the town. The unincorporated community of Kirchhayn is also located in the town.


On July 17, 2012, a gasoline spill from a petroleum product pipeline occurred in the town. 37 contaminated private wells were ordered abandoned by the Wisconsin DNR. Remediation efforts are ongoing as a long-term drinking water solution is still being investigated. West Shore Pipe Line Company of Illinois, which owns the pipeline, paid all costs for extending water service from the Village of Jackson to large parts of the Town of Jackson.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.4 square miles (89.0 km²), of which, 34.2 square miles (88.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.32%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 230
1930 227 −1.3%
1940 302 33.0%
1950 361 19.5%
1960 458 26.9%
1970 561 22.5%
1980 1,817 223.9%
1990 2,486 36.8%
2000 4,938 98.6%
2010 6,753 36.8%
2015 (est.) 6,859 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,516 people, 1,201 households, and 1,012 families residing in the town. The population density was 102.7 people per square mile (39.6/km2). There were 1,230 housing units at an average density of 35.9 per square mile (13.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.95% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.34% Asian, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,201 households, out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.2% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $64,070, and the median income for a family was $66,410. Males had a median income of $45,536 versus $26,972 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,045. None of the families and 0.5% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 1.8% of those over 64.


Jackson Elementary School is the public elementary school in Jackson. Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School is a high school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Jackson.

Notable people

  • James Fagan (farmer-politician), farmer and politician
  • John G. Frank, politician
  • William Froehlich, politician
  • Elmer J. Schowalter, politician
  • Henry O. Schowalter, politician
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