Introduction to Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc county, is 23 miles N of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and 73 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. About 34,053 people live in Manitowoc.

Manitowoc History

The community was named after an Ojibwe word, Munedoowk, meaning the habitation of good spirit. Manitowoc County was separated from Brown County by an act of the Territorial Legislature in 1838. The first settlers in the area were Matthew Stanley and his wife, who settled here in 1820. The area was officially chartered as a village in 1851 and incorporated as a city in 1870. The community houses the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

Manitowoc and nearby Attractions

  • Heritage Hill State Park
  • Wisconsin Maritime Museum
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park
  • Hamilton Wood Type Museum
  • Point Beach State Forest
  • Two Rivers History Museum

Things To Do In Manitowoc

While in Manitowoc, one can visit parks like the Point Beach State Forest, the Kohler-Andrae State Park and the Heritage Hill State Park. The Meadow Links Golf Course is located nearby. Local houses of worship include Saint John’s United Church of Christ, the Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue and the Calvary Assembly of God Church. Nearby tourist attractions include the Manitowoc County Historical Society and the Pine Crest Historical Village. The city hosts festivals like Oktoberfest, Germanfest every July and the Fall Harvest Fest every September.

Manitowoc Transportation

Austin Straubel International is the nearest major airport.

Manitowoc Higher Education

Silver Lake College is the local institution of higher educational. Other nearby institutions include Lakeland College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Saint Norbert College.


Total Population 33,301
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,609
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $32,041
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,035
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,972


Median Family Income $56,015
% Above Poverty Level 86.1%
% Below Poverty Level 13.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 36.6%
Median Gross Rent $621
Median House Value $105,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.6%
US/American 0%
English 3.6%
Irish 8.6%

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

Manitowoc Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles N of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Manitowoc
Standard Zip Codes 54220
P.O. Box Zip Codes 54221
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.088
Longitude -87.657

Manitowoc Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 52 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 57 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 48 F
Jul Temp 60 to 74 F
Oct Temp 41 to 55 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches
Distance 28 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 49 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 40 to 56 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Francis Creek 519 $62,344
Kellnersville 413 $68,125
Mishicot 1,466 $64,219

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

Manitowoc Public Libraries

Manitowoc Public Library
707 QUAY ST.
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
(920) 683-4863

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Manitowoc Hospitals

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(920) 684-2011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Manitowoc High Schools

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Serves 1,360 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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