Sun Prairie is a suburb of Madison and it is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2010 US Census of the city's population was 29,441. It is the third-fastest growing city in Wisconsin, and the fastest-growing among cities of 20,000 or more, growing an estimated 4.9% between 2010 and 2013 to 30,871 people. It is the second most populous city in Dane County after Madison.
- Things to do
- Eat and drink
Sun Prairie became widely known for Jimmy the Groundhog when the rodent bit the mayor's ear during the city's 2015 Groundhog Day celebration. President Martin Van Buren commissioned a party of 45 men, including Augustus A. Bird, to build a capitol for the Territory of Wisconsin in Madison. The group of men left Milwaukee on May 26, 1837, and traveled four days in the rain. On June 9, the group emerged at the edge of the prairie and with the sun shining for the first time in days, carved the words "Sun Prairie" into a tree. Charles Bird returned to the area two years later and became the first settler. The Town of Sun Prairie was created on February 2, 1846. The city of Sun Prairie, which grew from that town, was incorporated in 1958.
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Sun Prairie High is ranked 18th within Wisconsin. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at Sun Prairie High is 51 percent. The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 26 percent. Sun Prairie High is the only high school in the Sun Prairie School District.
- Sun Prairie Public SChool District
- private schools
Sun Prairie borders Madison and it is also one of the fastest growing cities in the state which leads to plenty of options for activities for all ages. Here are some to get you started.
Group Arts and Crafts Projects
Large, year round, indoor, local market
Performing Arts Center
With Sun Prairie Being one of the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin, the great restaurant choices are expanding just as quick. Here are some current great choices.
There is pizza and then there is Sal's
Local drinks and burgers and sandwiches
Classic 50's style diner