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  7. Jobs
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Sun Prairie is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 32,112. Sun Prairie is in Dane County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Sun Prairie offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sun Prairie there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Sun Prairie and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Sun Prairie are highly rated.
About Sun Prairie...
Population
32,112

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$216,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,011
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Sun Prairie Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    47.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    12
    40.7
  • Robbery
    21
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    185.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,707.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    131.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Sun Prairie

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$67,512
National
$55,322
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Sun Prairie Reviews

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Sun Prairie was a nice little town when my family first moved in from Milwaukee, WI. Now that I'm a freshman in college, I see that Sun Prairie has changed dramatically over the years. The area has expanded so much and we have so many new things! The only downfall is that elementary schools are filling up and our Upper Middle School and High School are going over it's capacity for students. I really hope that they'll plan to make more schools for the new generation soon. Overall, Sun Prairie is a great place to settle in.
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I like that it's small enough that you run into people you know from different areas of your life consistently, but there are enough people to provide a lot of opportunities. There's a fair amount of diversity and our community really knows how to pull together to help those in need. A little over a year ago now, there was an explosion in our downtown area that left a number of people without homes and killed a local firefighter. People raised money in all sorts of ways and held many events to honor the people affected. That really showed me how strong my town can be. #SunPrairieStrong
There were various opportunities for students to excel in academics and discover their passion. I enjoyed having a range of choices I could make whether it included sports, academic clubs, or organizations. On the other hand, I would have preferred to see more effective choices made with money raised by the organizations and clubs at our school.