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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Beaver Dam is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 16,346. Beaver Dam is in Dodge County. Living in Beaver Dam offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Beaver Dam there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Beaver Dam and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Beaver Dam are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$124,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$773
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Beaver Dam Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    157.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    12.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    248.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,597.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    6.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Beaver Dam

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,147
National
$55,322

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Beaver Dam Reviews

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As a resident who's lived here her whole life I'd say Beaver Dam is overall a nice area. There are some run down areas in the town, but there's nothing to be scarred of. The rundown parts are somewhat scarce and the people I've seen there are nice. The town does hold nice parades each year for various holidays, but it can lack in fun activities for everyone. Beaver Dam has a great YMCA and it has all your average shopping areas. This town also holds a great diversity of education systems. St. Stephens is a private K-8 christian school and is right next to the public K-4 school. The public middle school is in the heart of the town and right next to the library. The public high school is a little out of town were it holds a massive football field. Wayland Academy is a private preparatory boarding school holding and has an even greater diversity than the public school.
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Beaver Dam is a nice, quiet town in southeastern Wisconsin. That's the thing, though - it's nice and quiet. In this town, there is not much at one's disposal to do. There are some small businesses in the downtown area, and there are plenty of restaurants, but as far as entertainment goes, there is nothing that stands out in Beaver Dam; we have a small movie theater, a YMCA, and plenty of bars, but that's as far as it stretches. The current mayor is trying to bring about change to draw more small businesses and "life" to the city, so there is plenty of potential for change.
I moved here from an outer suburb of Chicago. I've met many wonderful people, and there is some movement towards improving the town. However, there is a core of people who slow things down because they dislike taxes. Jobs are mostly in healthcare, manufacturing, and lowend service jobs, but not a lot else. There are many bars, but very few interesting restaurants. Shopping is not great. There is a community theater and an arts association, but not much many art or music events. There is open country outside of town, and many parks that are wonderful (if in need of updating), but if you want to enjoy nature, you have to go elsewhere. As a young woman, I feel safe walking around during the day. It's not a bad place to live, but it's nothing to brag about, either.