Stoughton is the second-largest city in Dane County, only after Madison. The town was founded in 1847 by Luke Stoughton and, nowadays, is located southeast of the Madison Metropolitan Area. The Yahara River passes through the city, and Lake Kegonsa is a frequented resort during the summer.
In the city’s early years, Norwegian immigrants settled in Stoughton. Now the city is known for its rich Norwegian heritage. Farming was an important activity back then; however, now Stoughton is one of the most economically important cities in the County.