Life in Hudson, Wisconsin

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Hudson, Wisconsin? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Hudson?
Randy Anderson reports in this review:
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Since Hudson is located not just on the St. Croix River but right next to Minnesota, the winters are bitterly cold. An average of 40 inches of snow a winter, with several storms that dump as much to a foot of snow in one day. The winds are blistery and it can pretty miserable. But the flipside is that the summers are great. Warm breezes coming off the river and since nearly all of Hudson is within spitting distance of the riverbank, it's a great antidote to the lousy winter weather.Most of the crime tends to be tourist-related. Minor thefts, car break-ins and the occasional drunken rampages near the central district bars and clubs. The major crime rate is much lower than in neighboring Minnesota and while there had been a serious drug culture in the 80s and 90s, most of that has left for less gentrified surroundings.The central business district and the nearby residential units are the best part of town. Hudson in general has an above-average income, but the area radiating out from 2nd Street is by far the most desirable part of town. It's filled with renovated Victorian houses and older brick businesses that have undergone serious renovation. The least desirable part of Hudson is the northern edge that borders nearby North Hudson. The housing is a mix of older ranch houses and tired duplexes. It's not uncommon to see junk in a front yard or a few random cars up on blocks in the driveway.The people are generally friendly and down-to-earth. Part of that attitude is because it's a tourist town, but it's also because Hudson feels like a small town. The population is primarily white, working class families and a scattering of upper-income residents who commute into the twin cities. While the population isn't all that culturally or racially diverse, the residents are less concerned with the color of your skin than the amount of money in your pocket.
Downtown AreaRestaurantsSchoolsSingle life
The downtown shopping area is immaculate, with a number of renovated stores, trendy bars and plenty of parking.Pier 500 is an expensive, but very impressive restaurant serving upscale American cuisine. The Agave Kitchen is a fantastic Southwestern fusion restaurant with very reasonable prices.The Hudson public schools have struggled in recent years, but have now become one of the selling points to families considering a move into the city.There are a lot of opportunities for singles. A number of bars are located downtown and the tourism-rich summers insure you'll see a lot of new (and single) faces.
town comparison vs.General comments  
Lakeland, Minnesota is just across the river from Hudson and despite the name it's more industrial and less family-friendly. The remnants of several warehouse districts mar the waterfront and it has many fewer small businesses than Hudson. North Hudson is a smaller town to the North and it's feels much older than Hudson. Less gentrification, older housing stock and an older population that just seems less hip and still living in the 1990s.It's a friendly town with not a lot of attitude. The atmosphere is a lot like a college town, without the students. Lots of activities, lots of public events and the location next to the St. Croix River makes it a great spot to just hang out and enjoy the summer. It's a small town feel, but you're also living within a 20 minute commute to the Twin Cities.  
Hudson, Wisconsin population: 12719

How many black people live in Hudson? How many white people?
Number of White People12057Percentage of White people94.8%
Number of Black People203Percentage of Black people1.6%
Number of Hispanic People378Percentage of Hispanic people3%
Number of Asian People261Percentage of Asian people2.1%
Number of American Indian People110Percentage of American Indian people0.9%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Hudson, Wisconsin

Percent college grads: 38.8%
Percent grad school grads: 10.5%
Unemployment rate: 5.7
Median house value: 216300
Median income: 60458

How many singles in Hudson?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
8466211.36men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
3583191.12men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
2613130.83men for each woman

Crimes in Hudson, Wisconsin
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault110%0%
Auto Theft140%1%

Weather History for Hudson, Wisconsin

Hudson, Wisconsin Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year00574935374658840
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year01093316383742186012

How many hot humid days a year does Hudson, Wisconsin have?
How many cloudy days a year does Hudson, Wisconsin have?
How many sunny days a year does Hudson, Wisconsin have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Hudson, Wisconsin have? How windy is it?
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MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year63258107001004073147

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.