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Sun Prairie is a city in Dane County in the state of Wisconsin. Located east of Madison it is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of January 1, 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Administration estimates the city's population to be 26,300. It is the sixth-fastest growing city in Wisconsin, and the fastest-growing among cities of 10,000 or more, growing an estimated 23.6% between 2000 and 2006. It is the most populous city in Dane County after Madison.

The landscape of the city consists mostly of gently rolling hills and plains. Sun Prairie has in recent years developed a number of traditional neighborhood developments (TND). Often referred to as "new urbanism.", these neighborhoods focus on the pedestrian and the appearance of city streets. These developments have sought to address the problems and concerns associated with conventional suburban development and urban sprawl. The aim of the TND was to borrow those design ideas and features effective in older neighborhoods and adapt them to current needs.

Sun Prairie has a mayor-council form of government. The mayor is elected at large every odd-numbered year. The city council consists of eight alder-persons, who along with the mayor, make up the Common Council. There are four alder-manic districts, with two alder-persons per district, each serving for two-year terms over alternating years. The Council manages the city's budget and financial operations and determines the salaries of all officers and employees of the city.

Sun Prairie has a full-time city administrator, who is responsible for the administration of the city government in accordance with the policies established by the Common Council. Other city officers consist of Assistant Administrator, City Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor, Municipal Judge, Police Chief and Fire Chief.

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