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Johnson Creek, Wisconsin
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Location of Johnson Creek in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Location of Johnson Creek in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Jefferson
 • Type Village Board (President - Trustees)
 • Total 3.04 sq mi (7.88 km2)
 • Land 3.03 sq mi (7.85 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
830 ft (253 m)
 • Total 2,738
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,005.28/sq mi (388.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-38350
GNIS feature ID 1567212

Johnson Creek is a village in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,738 at the 2010 census. The village is approximately halfway between Milwaukee and Madison, at the intersection of Wisconsin Highway 26 and Interstate 94.


The first two settlers were Charles Goodhue and Timothy Johnson, the latter of whom also founded nearby Watertown. While sometimes called Belleville, this caused it to be confused with another Belleville, Wisconsin, and the post office has always been named Johnson Creek. The village took its name from its location on Johnson Creek.

Johnson Creek was founded where the Union Pacific railroad crosses Johnson Creek just above where the stream empties into the Rock River. The Union Pacific spur currently runs from Fort Atkinson to Clyman Junction. The economy is now more dependent on Interstate 94. A large outlet mall shopping complex was built in 1998 to capitalize on this traffic. The once famous hotel and supper club, The Gobbler, was in Johnson Creek.


Johnson Creek is located at 43°4′45″N 88°46′16″W / 43.07917°N 88.77111°W / 43.07917; -88.77111 (43.079147, -88.771030).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.03 square miles (7.85 km2), of which 3.02 square miles (7.82 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 208
1890 176 −15.4%
1910 425
1920 493 16.0%
1930 457 −7.3%
1940 511 11.8%
1950 575 12.5%
1960 686 19.3%
1970 790 15.2%
1980 1,136 43.8%
1990 1,259 10.8%
2000 1,581 25.6%
2010 2,738 73.2%
2019 (est.) 3,046 11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,738 people, 1,049 households, and 736 families living in the village. The population density was 906.6 inhabitants per square mile (350.0/km2). There were 1,118 housing units at an average density of 370.2 per square mile (142.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 93.2% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 2.8% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.5% of the population.

There were 1,049 households, of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.8% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the village was 32.4 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 35.5% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 8.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.


Johnson Creek Middle and High School Entrance
Johnson Creek Middle/High School

The Johnson Creek School District operates a 4K-4 campus on the eastern side of the village, along Wisconsin Highway 26, a 5-12 campus on the western side of the village and an alternative high school on the old campus. It serves about 750 students. Johnson Creek High School won the 2007 Wisconsin State Baseball Championship in WIAA Division 4. The baseball team was WIAA Division 4 State Runner's Up in 2012.

In 2014, voters passed a referendum allowing the district to increase taxes and begin construction of a new school to be constructed from several modular domes.

Notable people

  • Henry C. Christians, Wisconsin State Representative and businessman, was the postmaster of Johnson Creek.
  • H. J. Grell, Wisconsin State Representative and businessman, was born in and served as President and a member of the school board of Johnson Creek.
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