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Mount Horeb

Mt. Horeb, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

  •   State: 
    Dane County
    Mount Horeb
      County FIPS: 
    43°0′23″N 89°44′3″W
      Area total: 
    3.23 sq mi (8.35 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.23 sq mi (8.35 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    1,243 ft (379 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Madison, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,336.12 residents per square mile of area (901.86/km²)
      Household income: 
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Mount Horeb is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin. The population was 7,754 at the time of the 2020 census. The village is part of the Ho-Chunk nation, which was ceded to the U.S. in 1829. In 1871, Andrew Levordson became the first Norwegian immigrant to arrive in the village. In 1926, Isak J. Dahle, an insurance agent from Chicago, purchased the site and renamed the farmstead Nissedahle. The name is a play on words in Norwegian folklore, in which elves are playful elves that provide assistance to humans when in good spirit. The most striking public replica of Norway was opened to the public in 1934, "Nissedal" translates into "Valley of the Elves," which is the last name of Dahle's father, who was raised in Chicago. The town's name is derived from the Biblical location wherein the prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments from the Judeo-Christian God while leading the Jewish people through the Sinai Peninsula on their exodus out of Egypt. The "Mount" portion of the name is said to be inspired by the surrounding geography, while "Horeb" isderived from the biblical location where Moses gave his speech to the Israelites in the book of Exodus, Deuteronomy, 1 Kings, Psalms, and Malachi. In 1861, the first post office was established in the home of English immigrant and Methodist Episcopal lay minister George Wright.


The village of Mount Horeb is part of the ancestral territory of the Ho-Chunk nation. The first Norwegian immigrant to arrive in the Wisconsin Territory was Ole Nattestad, from the Numedal valley east of Telemark in 1838. By 1850, 9,467 Norwegians were identified by the federal census, and by the 1870 census, the population had exploded to 59,619. In 1926, Isak J Dahle, an insurance agent from Chicago, purchased the site and renamed the farmstead Nissedahle. The name is a play on words, in Norwegian folklore elves are playful elves that provide assistance to humans when kept in good condition. The most striking features of Little Norway was the replica of the 12th century Norwegian church "Stavkirke," a Christian stave for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. The site was opened to the public in 1934, creating an idealized folk version of Norway. In 1871, Andrew Levordson became the first Norweigan to settle in the village, marking the beginning of this ethnic-group's presence in the area. In 1861, the first post office was established in the home of English immigrant and Methodist Episcopal lay minister George Wright. The "Mount" portion of the name is said to be inspired by the surrounding geography, while "Horeb" is derived from the Biblical location wherein the prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments from the Judeo-Christian God.


Located in southwestern Wisconsin, Mount Horeb is situated in a region referred to as the Driftless Area. While including parts of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and northwest Illinois, the region is a distinct feature to the Wisconsin landscape, stretching across eighteen different counties. The Village of Mount HOREb is located in southwest Dane County, where the geographic boundary runs down the center of the county, creating an east/west topographical division. The region's distinctive contours and impressive views emerge from wider, flatter expanses to the east, south, west, and north. These "contours" are the result of glaciers going around this space, smoothing out the surrounding prairie while leaving behind rolling hills.Located along the major thoroughfare of U.S. Highway 151, MountHoreb encompasses a total area of 3.25 square miles. It is located approximately twenty miles southwest of State Capital, Madison, Wisconsin, which is also home to the University of WisconsinMadison. The area is also located near Blue Mound State Park, which also has access to the Military Ridge State Trail. The geographic boundary of the driftless Area runs down a center of Dane County and creates an east-west topography division, creating a north-south division. It also includes parts of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. The Driftless area stretches across 18 different counties, including portions of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Illinois, as well as parts of Iowa and Illinois.


As of the census of 2010, there were 7,011 people, 2,696 households, and 1,878 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,156.6 inhabitants per square mile (832.7/km²) The racial makeup of the village was 96.0% White, 0.8% African American,0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, and 0.5% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population. The median income for a household was $55,513, and the median income. for a family was $63,234. The per capita income for the village is $23,359. About 2% of residents are below the poverty line, including 9% of those under age 18 and 2% who are 65 or over. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09. The village has a population of 7,009 people (as of 2010), with 2,305 housing units at an average density of 791.2 per squaremile (305.8/ km²) In 2000 there were 5,860 people (in 2000) and 2,228 households (in 2010 there are 7,000 people). The median age in the town was 35.5 years, with 28.8 per cent of residents under the age of 18. In the village, the population was spread out, with 14.4 per cent between the ages of 18 and 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, and 13.0 per cent from 45 to 64.

Business and industry

Mount Horeb is home to the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic, founded in 1939 by Dr. C.S. Gonstead. Duluth Trading Company announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Belleville, Wisconsin, to Mount Hore b in December 2016. The Military Ridge State Trail, a 39-mile (63 km) bicycle trail built on a former railroad right-of-way, runs through the town. The Chamber of Commerce calls the main street the "Trollway," and troll statues and themes decorate many area businesses. Some residents have called the town the "Mustard Capital of the World" as well as the 'Troll Capital of The World' for its largely Norwegian heritage. The town has a population of 2,000. It is the site of the National Mustard Museum, which was showcased on the Food Network television series Unwrapped in 2002. The museum relocated in 2009 and is now known as the NationalMustard Museum. It has a store with hundreds of varieties of mustard that can be sampled before purchase. It was featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition broadcast of July 29, 2010, and Weekend Edition Saturday on February 18, 1995. It gradually declined in importance after the 1978 death of its founder, and the buildings are currently deteriorating and the target of a preservation effort. It became a nationally recognized chiropractic center after the completion in 1964 of a 19,000-square-foot (1,800 m2) building and adjoining Karakahl Inn.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin = 63.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 48. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Mount Horeb = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 11,746 individuals with a median age of 35.2 age the population grows by 16.48% in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,336.12 residents per square mile of area (901.86/km²). There are average 2.61 people per household in the 2,555 households with an average household income of $72,529 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.20% of the available work force and has dropped -2.14% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 30.52%. The number of physicians in Mount Horeb per 100,000 population = 368.4.


The annual rainfall in Mount Horeb = 34.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 42.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 97. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 183. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 8.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 58.87%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 22 years with median home cost = $182,750 and home appreciation of -5.02%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.40 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,275 per student. There are 14.7 students for each teacher in the school, 304 students for each Librarian and 431 students for each Counselor. 11.44% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 19.10% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.42% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Mount Horeb's population in Dane County, Wisconsin of 1,772 residents in 1900 has increased 6,63-fold to 11,746 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.60% female residents and 48.40% male residents live in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 34.32% are single population.

  • 26.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Mount Horeb require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    80.49% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.79% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.24% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.00% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin, 58.87% are owner-occupied homes, another 35.07% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.06% are vacant.

  • The 49.99% of the population in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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