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Oregon, Wisconsin
South Main Street Historic District
South Main Street Historic District
Location of Oregon in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Location of Oregon in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Dane
 • Total 4.49 sq mi (11.63 km2)
 • Land 4.49 sq mi (11.63 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,053 ft (321 m)
 • Total 11,179
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,354.87/sq mi (909.25/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-60225
GNIS feature ID 1570854

Oregon is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin. As of the census of 2020, the population was 11,179. Oregon is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is located mostly within the Town of Oregon.


Oregon was settled in 1841 by Bartlet Runey, and the first house was constructed in 1843. Initially the settlement was known as "Rome Corners," and there is a road south of the village which still bears that name. When the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company came though the village in the 1864, their maps indicated a name of "Oregon," and the name was adopted. The village was incorporated in 1881.

Many of Oregon's historical buildings still stand in the downtown district, including the Netherwood Block on the south, the Badger Cycle Company building and original water tower on the southeast on Janesville Street, and numerous business lining the west side of North and South Main Street. The Red Brick School, one of the more distinguishable structures in the village, built in 1922 as the high school, stands north of downtown. It was recently restored and now serves as the business offices for the Gorman Company.


Oregon is located at 42°55′26″N 89°22′56″W / 42.92389°N 89.38222°W / 42.92389; -89.38222 (42.923899, -89.382304).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.42 square miles (11.45 km2), all of it land.

Oregon is served primarily by US-14 and Wisconsin Highway 138 and the two highways meet at the village's southeast corner. US-14 previously ran through the village, travelling down North Main Street and then arcing along Janesville Street, but a bypass was constructed from 1969-1973 along the North and East of the village. The previous route is now signed as County Trunk MM.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 527
1890 595 12.9%
1900 697 17.1%
1910 712 2.2%
1920 871 22.3%
1930 857 −1.6%
1940 1,005 17.3%
1950 1,341 33.4%
1960 1,701 26.8%
1970 2,553 50.1%
1980 3,876 51.8%
1990 4,519 16.6%
2000 7,514 66.3%
2010 9,231 22.9%
2020 11,179 21.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,232 people, 3,589 households, and 2,527 families living in the village. The population density was 2,088.5 inhabitants per square mile (806.4/km2). There were 3,775 housing units at an average density of 854.1 per square mile (329.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.4% White, 1.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 3,589 households, of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.6% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% 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 37 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 9.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

Oregon emergency services

The Oregon Police Department and the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District serve the area.

Oregon Police Department cruiser
Oregon Fire Department rescue vehicle


  • Deer Park Buddhist Center and Monastery is located in Oregon.
  • Holy Mother of Consolation Parish
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • St. John's Lutheran Church (ELCA)
  • Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Hillcrest Bible Church
  • Community of Life
  • Vineyard


In 2011, Oregon was named one of the "100 Best Small Places to Live" by CNN Money.


The Oregon School District serves the area. Schools in the district include Brooklyn Elementary, Netherwood Knoll Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Forest Edge Elementary, Rome Corners Intermediate, Oregon Middle School and Oregon High School.

Notable people

  • Micah Alberti, actor and model
  • Kevin J. Anderson, author
  • Lyman F. Anderson, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Wallace W. Andrew, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Jerry Frei, former head coach of the Oregon Ducks and NFL assistant coach
  • Christopher J. Rollis, newspaper editor and Wisconsin State Representative
  • Jeffrey B. Skiles, Miracle on the Hudson co-pilot
  • Shaka Smart, head coach of Marquette University's men's basketball team
  • Lisa Stone, former UW–Madison basketball coach
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