Why Sun Prairie

There are many reasons why you should be in Sun Prairie- we'll just list a few!

For your Family: 

Proximity to Madison - Less than 20 minutes from downtown Madison!  

Excellent Education - The  Sun Prairie Area School District is well known for its top music and athletic programs, as well as our new state of the art $100 million High School. Use the school locator to locate schools in your neighborhood.

 Vibrant Downtown - A unique community gathering place, a growing commercial center featuring some of Sun Prairie's best restaurants with a new urban residential core. Read more!

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Housing Alternatives- Sun Prairie has residential options ranging from affordable, higher density rental housing to executive level single family homes. Whether you're in your first job out of college or the CEO of your own company, Sun Prairie has a place for you to live.

Signature Community Events - Sun Prairie is home to a number of unique, family-friendly events each year including nine annual events, a weekly summer farmer's market and much, much more !

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Quality Public Facilities- Sun Prairie's excellent quality of life is fostered through the highest quality of facilities and community programming. The Sun Prairie Public Library offers a rare combination of quality collections and innovative programming in one. In addition, our Community Park System (PDF) is one of the finest in the State of Wisconsin with 45 facilities on more than 425 acres. Don't forget to also check out the Aquatic Center and Ice Arena!


Affordability - Sun Prairie is not only one of the more affordable places to live in the Madison area, but it's also one of the most competitively priced places to acquire land or buildings for new and expanding businesses in the Greater Madison area. 

For your Business: 

 Access to Transportation – Located along I39/90/94 and US 151 with the Dane County Regional Airport 20 minutes to the southwest and near the Wisconsin Southern Railroad of Wisconsin. Map it!

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Successful Business Park - Since its inception in 1983, the Sun Prairie Business Park has grown to 345 acres with over 40 businesses and 1,300 employees working to create the next greatest consumer product, custom manufacturing process and bread! This has all made the Sun Prairie Business Park one of the most successful in Dane County.

Reliable Electricity - Sun Prairie Utilities, a municipally-owned utility, have historically been 10-20% cheaper than neighboring utilities. Reliability of the local electric system is excellent, as it is maintained by our own local work crews.

Predictable, Consistent Development Review Process - Sun Prairie maintains one of the most predictable and consistent development review processes around. Most projects are approved in 7-8 weeks from date of a complete application submission.

Fastest Growing Retail Area in Wisconsin – With anchors such as Target, Copp's, Costco, Woodman's Food Market, Marcus Theater and Cabela's- the Westside Neighborhood Development is quickly becoming a retail destination of choice for south central Wisconsin. The trade area created by these stores is now estimated to be at a 60 mile radius and includes more than 250,000 residents.

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Unique, High Growth Potential Companies - Whether it's QBE Insurance (Sun Prairie's largest employer) or one of companies in the Sun Prairie Business Park, Sun Prairie attracts successful businesses that flourish. 

Sound Investments in Public Infrastructure - Whether its the construction of a new interchange on Highway 151, the reconstruction of Main Street, ongoing storm water infrastructure improvements, or our city-owned redundant fiber optics, Sun Prairie keeps current on its infrastructure needs and does so in a manner that controls costs in the short-term as well as the long-term.

Email the Economic Development Department at 608-825-0806 for additional information about Sun Prairie and what it has to offer your business and family!