Sun Prairie, WI Real Estate

Sun Prairie is a flourishing community of nearly 30,000 located 25 minutes north east of metropolitan Madison. Due to its proximity to the state’s capital, Sun Prairie brings its residents the best in suburban living combined with top-quality urban amenities. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing cities in Wisconsin, Sun Prairie is rapidly becoming the preferred choice among homebuyers who value both the comfort of the suburbs and the excitement of the city. With excellent schools, unparalleled housing and  an abundance of cultural and entertainment opportunities, Sun Prairie just may be the city you come to call home.

Buyers shopping for a home in Sun Prairie can expect to find a real estate market defined by its diversity in stock and home style. In recent years, developers in Sun Prairie have focused on what has come to be known as “New Urbanism,” a style of design which focuses on highly walkable neighborhoods with a variety of housing, employment and shopping opportunities. By adopting such a style, city planners and developers have ensured that prospective residents have an abundance of choice when buying a home in Sun Prairie. Homebuyers in Sun Prairie encounter this surplus most often when selecting the style of home they wish to purchase. From newly built condos to modern tract homes, stately ranches to rustic farmhouses, Sun Prairie exemplifies the best in Wisconsin real estate.

Schools in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

By and large, the city’s students education is administered by the Sun Prairie Area School District which helms seven elementary schools, two middle schools, an upper-middle school, a high school and the Prairie Phoenix Academy, an alternative school. The district proudly participates in a Business and Education Partnership Program, an outreach program in which the schools work with local businesses in order to better educate the city’s students on the ever-evolving working world.

Business in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

As a part of Dane County, Sun Prairie boasts of one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state —hovering around 4%. This is thanks, in part, to the thriving local economy which drives the city. Some of Sun Prairie’s largest employers include QBE Insurance, American Family Insurance, Frontier Communications and the Sun Prairie School District. Sun Prairie is also home to a number of locally based manufactures such as CTI Paper, Palmer Johnson Power Systems and Trachte Building Systems. Entrepreneurs have brought their own personal twist to the Sun Prairie retail landscape with shops such as Unique Sewing Creations, Schonheit Gardens and Meant to Bead.

The Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, which offers numerous services to Sun Prairie’s vibrant business community, plays an integral part in the city’s continued economic growth. From luncheons and networking mixers, to advertising and business promotion programs, the chamber of commerce provides local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to connect with consumers on a vital level. They even provide Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce gift cards, which can be used at member businesses throughout the city.

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While life in Sun Prairie is decidedly Suburban, it is anything but typical. Taking a cue from its closest neighbor, Madison, Sun Prairie is both culturally adventurous and decidedly down to earth. From its unique shopping outlets, to its abundance of sprawling green spaces, Sun Prairie offer’s its residents an increasingly wide variety of fun-filled recreational opportunities. Combined with a healthy mixture of local shopping and entertainment, and the city’s close proximity to Madison, the quality of life in Sun Prairie is among the best in the state.

During the warmer months, Sun Prairie residents can often be found taking advantage of the city’s numerous indoor and outdoor recreation areas, which include beautifully kept parks, playgrounds and athletic complexes. Some of the city’s top spots for recreation include Sun Prairie Fireman’s Park, a community park with a handicap accessible playground, the Sun Prairie Golf Course, an immaculately kept public golf course complete with a bar and grill and pro shop, and the Youth Baseball Complex, which hosts a variety of baseball and softball programs. When Wisconsin’s summer heat gets to be too much, Sun Prairie residents of all ages flock to one of the city’s two swimming destinations, Dolphins Cove (a family friendly water park located at the Prairie Athletic Club) and the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center.

Sun Prairie residents are no strangers to celebration. In fact, the community plays host to several well-attended festivals throughout the year. Sun Prairie’s festival season begins in mid-June, with the Taste of the Arts fair and the Georgia O’Keeffe Celebration, two simultaneous festivals which feature exhibits of local art, instructional classes and various crafts. Following soon thereafter is The Flags of Freedom Parade and Field Show , a daylong series of patriotic events which include a high school marching band competition that draws in bands from as far away as Canada. Largest of Sun Prairie’s celebrations is its annual Sweet Corn Festival, which draws in well over 100,000 attendees from across the region during a weekend in mid-August. The festival, which includes a carnival, a parade and live music, serves nearly 70 tons of sweet corn during its run. Sun Prairie is also home to Jimmy the Groundhog, a local critter with who predicts the end of winter and the beginning of spring each and every groundhog day.

But life in Sun Prairie isn’t all about celebrating and relaxing in the sun. Resident’s needs for food and shopping are met by a variety of beloved businesses. Local eateries such as Anna’s PizzaBuck and Honey’s Restaurant and What’s Brew’n Cafe & Coffeehouse are just a few of the fine dining establishments offering everything from casual brunches to elegant dinners. Sun Prairie residents have much to choose from when purchasing life’s little necessities. Thanks to an eclectic local economy, major chains such as Boston’s Store, Barnes & Noble and J. C. Penny (located at East Towne Mall), coexist peacefully with specialized shops such as, Hair ExcellenceMounds Pet Food Warehouse and The Piano Gal Shop.

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Sun Prairie was founded, in part, thanks to President Martin Van Buren, who commissioned a party of forty-five men to secure and build a capital for what was then called the Territory of Wisconsin. As legend has it, the expedition party came upon a startlingly beautiful, sun-soaked prairie on June 9, 1837. Taken by the land’s natural majesty, one of the settlers carved the words “Sun Prairie” into a tree. Two years later, Charles Bird returned to Sun Prairie and became the area’s first settler. The Town of Sun Prairie was officially founded on February 2, 1846. In 1958, the city of Sun Prairie was incorporated.

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Schools
  District Type Enrollment # Student Teacher Ratio GreatSchool Rank
Bird Elementary School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 479 Not Provided Bird Elementary School GreatSchools Rating
Creekside Elementary School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 424 Not Provided Creekside Elementary School GreatSchools Rating
Eastside Elementary School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 539 Not Provided Eastside Elementary School GreatSchools Rating
Horizon Elementary School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 530 Not Provided Horizon Elementary School GreatSchools Rating
Northside Elementary School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 491 Not Provided Northside Elementary School GreatSchools Rating
Royal Oaks Elementary School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 475 Not Provided Royal Oaks Elementary School GreatSchools Rating
Sun Prairie Four Kids (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 491 Not Provided Sun Prairie Four Kids GreatSchools Rating
Westside Elementary School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 411 Not Provided Westside Elementary School GreatSchools Rating
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  District Type Enrollment # Student Teacher Ratio GreatSchool Rank
Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 1082 Not Provided Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School GreatSchools Rating
Patrick Marsh Middle School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 539 Not Provided Patrick Marsh Middle School GreatSchools Rating
Peace Lutheran School (Sun Prairie) private 96 Not Provided Peace Lutheran School GreatSchools Rating
Prairie View Middle School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 537 Not Provided Prairie View Middle School GreatSchools Rating
SPRC Christian Academy (Sun Prairie) private 0 Not Provided SPRC Christian Academy GreatSchools Rating
Sacred Hearts School (Sun Prairie) private 0 Not Provided Sacred Hearts School GreatSchools Rating
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  District Type Enrollment # Student Teacher Ratio GreatSchool Rank
Prairie Phoenix Academy (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 79 Not Provided Prairie Phoenix Academy GreatSchools Rating
Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie) Sun Prairie Area School District public 1505 Not Provided Sun Prairie High School GreatSchools Rating
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Demographics

Population Demographics

  City County State
Total Population 38,079 508,928 5,742,119
Total Households 14,687 210,527 2,299,100
Total Families 9,953 121,760 1,469,281
Population Density 569 57,855 446,124
Percent Male 48% 50% 50%
Percent Female 52% 50% 50%
White Collar Jobs 71% 72% 56%
Blue Collar Jobs 29% 28% 44%

Top Occupations

Professions Population Employed
Healthcare 4,306
Information, Scientific and Technical 3,909
Management 3,550
Sales 3,479
Professional Services 3,118
Retail 2,833
Education 2,298
Manufacturing 2,064
Transportation 2,057
Arts and Media 1,392

Male Female Breakdown

Population Age

White vs Blue Collar Jobs

Top Professions

Work Transportation Method

Household Income with Head of House hold under age of 25

Household Income with Head of House Hold between the ages of 25 and 44

Household Income with Head of House Hold between the ages of 45 and 64

Household Income with Head of Household over the age of 65

Housing Demographics

  City County State
Total Housing Units 15,359 220,010 2,641,602
Owner Occupied Housing Units 9,150 122,201 1,547,197
Renter Occupied Housing Units 5,525 88,339 751,903
Vacant Housing Units 684 9,470 342,513
Occupancy Rate 96% 96% 87%
Vehicles Per Housing Unit 2 62 1,563

Commute Time To Work

  City County State
Less than 5 minutes 742 8,590 124,926
5 - 14 minutes 6,096 34,147 375,500
15 - 29 minutes 7,362 54,143 452,346
30 - 44 minutes 3,696 33,847 291,713
45-59 minutes 652 9,817 152,657
Over 60 minutes 656 5,947 85,829

Total Housing Units

Housing By Occupant

Commute Time To Work

Monthly Rental Rates

Monthly Mortgage Costs

Age of Homeowners

Education Attainment

  City County State
Some High School 1,109 16,682 347,427
High School Graduate 5,000 62,782 1,239,522
Some College 5,190 61,310 817,979
Associates Degree 2,978 31,859 390,482
Bachelors Degree 7,036 93,905 713,854
Graduate Degree 3,588 42,752 262,325

Education Attainment


Market Conditions

Market Conditions for Sun Prairie

April 2019

Median Sale Price
$289,900

 UP 5.99%
vs. Month Ago
Homes for Sale
148

 UP 18.40%
vs. Month Ago
Homes Sold
47

 DOWN -28.78%
vs. Month Ago
Avg Days on Market
43

 DOWN -15.68%
vs. Month Ago

Median Sale Price

The median sale price for homes in April was $289,900. The median sales price for homes in April rose by $16,400 compared to last month. This represents a 5.99% increase from March. Compared to the same month last year, the median price of homes rose by $41,400 representing a 16.65% year-over-year change.

The median sales price is the middle value of all sales occurring in the market during the past thirty days when you arrange these sales prices from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average as the median does not change as much as a result of a few unusually low or high sales prices.

Homes for Sale

The inventory of homes for sale rose by 23 in April to 148. This represents 18.4% increase from March when 125 homes were on the market. Compared to the same month last year when there were 143 homes for sale, the inventory of homes for sale has risen by 5 representing a 3.49% year-over-year change.

Homes for sale represents the number of active listings on the market during the specified month as reported in the MLS system operating within the market area.

Homes Sold

The 47 homes sold in April was 19 less than in March. This represents a 28.78% decrease in sales from March. Compared to the same month last year, the number of homes sold decreased by 3, a -6% year-over-year decrease.

Homes sold is the total count of properties in the market area that have had a closed sale during the specified month as reported in the MLS systems operating within the market area.

Avg Days on Market

The average days on market for a home sold in April (43) decreased by 8 days compared to March. This represents a 15.68% decrease in days on market for homes in the market from the previous month. Compared to the same month last year, the days on market for homes sold increased by 9, a 26.47% year-over-year change.

Average Days on Market is the time period between the date when a home is listed for sale in an MLS system and the date it is sold.

Sale/List Price Ratio

The Sale/List Price Ratio of 99.45% in April rose by 1.44% compared to March and decreased 1.09% compared to the same period last year.

Sale/List Price Ratio is the sale price of a listing divided by the original list price expressed as a percentage. The Sale/List Price Ratio for the market is determined by adding the Sale/List Price Ratio for each listing sold in the market during the month and dividing by the number of listings sold during the month.

New Homes

The number of homes listed in April (89) rose by 12 compared to March, a 15.58% change. Compared to April 2018, the number of new listings decreased by 17, a -16.03% year-over-year change.

Newly Listed Homes are the total count of homes that have been listed within the market area during the most recent month, as reported in the MLS system(s) operating in the market area.

Median List Price Homes

The median list price in April was $284,900. The median list price for homes in April fell by ($2,000) compared to last month. This represents a 0.69% decrease from March. Compared to the same month last year, the median list price of homes increased $3,950 representing a 1.4% year-over-year increase.

The median list price is the middle value of all currently active listings as reported in the MLS systems in the market area when you arrange these list prices from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average as the median does not change as much as a result of the existence of a few unusually low or high list prices.


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