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Sparta is a city in and the county seat of Monroe Countymarker, Wisconsinmarker, United Statesmarker, along the La Crosse River. The population was 8,648 at the 2000 census.

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Sparta is located at (43.943061, -90.811818) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²), of which, 5.5 square miles (14.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.09%) is water.


Sparta's location in the United Statesmarker' upper midwest gives the area a temperate, continental climate. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average high temperature of 85°F (29°C), with overnight low temperatures averaging 63°F (18°C). January is the coldest month, with high temperatures averaging 26°F (-4°C), with the overnight low temperatures around 6°F (-14°C)


The Sparta/Fort McCoy Airportmarker serves general aviation for the area.

Railroad tracks owned by Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) pass through Sparta providing freight service.

The city is served by several major highways, including Interstate 90, Wisconsin State Highway 16, Wisconsin State Highway 21, Wisconsin State Highway 27,and Wisconsin State Highway 71.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,648 people, 3,583 households, and 2,217 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,582.2 people per square mile (610.4/km²). There were 3,733 housing units at an average density of 683.0/sq mi (263.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.97% White, 0.69% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,583 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,397, and the median income for a family was $42,182. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $21,634 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,238. About 10.0% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.


Sparta is the original home and international headquarters of several businesses, including Century Foods International, Northern Engraving Corp., Spartek, Mathews Inc., F.A.S.T. Corp., Carlisle (formerly Sparta Brush Company), McPherson Guitars, and Multistack.

Annual Events

  • Sparta Butterfest
  • Concerts in the Park
  • Sound Taps Wisconsin 4th of July Celebration
  • Sparta Area Cancer Support Walk
  • Leon Gatorfest
  • Ben Bikin' BBQ Bash
  • Crazy Dayz
  • Men's Softball Tournaments
  • Women's Softball Tournaments
  • Amber Inn Shank Festival


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