Introduction to Grafton, Wisconsin

Grafton, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee county, is located 19 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The village contains a population of approximately 10,312.

Grafton History

Grafton was first explored by two Jesuit priests called Fathers Allouez and Dablon in 1670. The Potawatomi Indians inhabited in the area until late 1820s. Timothy Wooden and Jacob Eichler were the first white settlers of the village. They arrived in 1839. The village started developing by 1840. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1896. The economy of the village largely depended on the lumber industry.

Grafton and nearby Attractions

  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Pabst House
  • Charles Allis Art Museum
  • Harrington Beach State Park
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Pike Lake State Park

Things To Do In Grafton

While in Grafton one can visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World Museum of Science, Economics & Technology, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, and Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art. The Pike Lake State Park, Harrington Beach State Park, and Kettle Moraine State Forest provide amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. There are some excellent golf courses nearby. These include the Edgewater Golf Club, Missing Links Golf Course, and Mee - Kwon Park Golf Course. The village hosts the Paramount Blues Festival each year in the month of September.

Grafton Transportation

Flights can be availed from General Mitchell International Airport.

Grafton Higher Education

Concordia University - Wisconsin, Marquette University, and Cardinal Stritch University provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 11,535
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,246
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 55.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.9%
Median Earnings25+ $40,690
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $2
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,233


Median Family Income $86,282
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $878
Median House Value $197,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 14.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grafton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Ozaukee
Standard Zip Codes 53024
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.319
Longitude -87.953

Grafton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 50 F
Jul Temp 64 to 78 F
Oct Temp 44 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32 inches
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bayside 4,490 $119,667
Cedarburg 11,508 $93,163
Mequon 23,494 $122,364
Port Washington 11,481 $75,613
Saukville 4,484 $75,833

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grafton Public Libraries

U.s.s. Liberty Memorial Public Library
1620 11TH AVE.
Grafton, Wisconsin
(262) 375-5315

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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