Jefferson County, WI Real Estate

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Jefferson County Wisconsin

Jefferson County is located in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin and is located along the Rock River. Dodge, Waukesha, Walworth, Rock and Dane Counties border Jefferson County.

Jefferson County’s population of just fewer than 85,000 people is relatively small compared to its eastern neighboring Waukesha County’s 400,000 residents.

Real Estate in Jefferson County

Jefferson County offers rural communities and small towns scattered throughout the countryside. From historic older homes near thriving downtowns, to sprawling lake homes, to new subdivisions to roaming countryside farmettes, Jefferson County offers a little of everything. Many of the communities run along one of its many waterways, including the Rock River, Bark River and Crawfish River. Homes along the river vary with some rich in history while others are sprawling homes overlooking the water.

Watertown is the largest city in Jefferson County. Jefferson County’s median home cost is approximately $183,000.

Living in Jefferson County

Jefferson County offers an extensive park and recreation department, featuring boating, golfing, camping, swimming, biking, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling and many other recreational opportunities.

Jefferson County offers numerous biking opportunities, including the Glacial River Trail (located along Hwy. 26), the Glacial Drumlin Trail and several other community bike trails. The county is currently working on a Watertown to Waterloo Recreation Trail.

Bikers, joggers, walkers, cross-country skiers and in-line skaters enjoy the Glacial River Trial throughout the year. The trail showcases the beauty of the county, passing farms, prairie flowers, wetlands, woods, over streams and through a covered bridge.

Things to do in Jefferson County

Jefferson County is home to many cultural opportunities. The Council for Performing Arts keeps the arts alive in rural Jefferson County. From plays to musicals to concerts, residents can enjoy the arts in their own backyard. Fort Atkinson is home to the renowned Fireside Dinner Theater. Here, guests enjoy one of the Midwest’s premier dinner theaters, featuring fine dining and professional theater. UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium presents Broadway touring productions, national and international musical acts, famous dance troupes, family friendly events and classical touring theatre companies.

On summer nights, many enjoy one of the few remaining outdoor drive-in movie theaters at the Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theater.

If you enjoy arts and crafts, check out the Ephraim Pottery Gallery where they make hand-thrown, hand-decorated pottery the old-fashioned way. Or spend a day or afternoon shopping at Johnson Creek Premium Outlets with over 60 stores.

The Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson is a fun place to visit and explore everything from the 1832 Black Hawk War to the sights and sounds of Wisconsin dairy farming. Families young and old enjoy visits to the Busy Barns Adventure Farm in Fort Atkinson where they can enjoy a day on the farm, playing with animals, sitting on antique tractors, running in a corn maze and eating delicious country treats.

In July, enjoy all the Jefferson County Fair offers, including an array of animals, amusement rides, national entertainment, arts, crafts and food. The Jefferson County Fair Park is also home to many activities throughout the year.

Business and Schools in Jefferson County

Ideally situated between Madison and Milwaukee, Jefferson County offers a diversified manufacturing industry along with its strong agricultural base. Trek Bicycle’s national headquarters is located in  Waterloo. Other top employers in Jefferson County include Nasco International in Fort Atkinson, Spacesaver Corporation in Fort Atkinson and Generac Power Systems, Inc. in Whitewater.

The communities are served with great public and private schools, along with secondary education opportunities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Maranatha Baptist University and Madison Area Technical College in Watertown.

History of Jefferson County

Jefferson County, Wisconsin was established in 1836. Aztalan State Park is a national historic landmark, featuring one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites. The Park showcases an ancient village from AD1000 and 1300.

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