Introduction to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, in Waukesha county, is 15 miles NW of Waukesha, Wisconsin and 30 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city’s population is approximately 12,382.

Oconomowoc History

The area now known as Oconomowoc was originally known as Coo-No-Mo-Wauk, meaning a place where the waters meet. The first white settler in the area was Charles Sheldon, who came in the year 1837. He was instrumental in initiating the development of the community. The first railroad entered the community in 1854. The area houses the Olympia Resort and Spa.

Oconomowoc and nearby Attractions

  • Old World Wisconsin
  • La Follette County Park
  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum
  • Harrington Beach State Park

Things To Do In Oconomowoc

The Richard Bong State Recreation Area, the Lake Kegonsa State Park and Harrington Beach State Park are some popular local recreational spots. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Olde Highlander Golf Club, the Paganica Golf Course or at the Bristlecone Pines Golf Club. Local churches include the Saint Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, the First Methodist Church and the First Congregational United Church of Christ. The Oconomowoc Public Library is the local library.

Oconomowoc Transportation

General Mitchell International Airport is nearby.

Oconomowoc Higher Education

Carroll College, the Milwaukee Area Technical College and Marquette University are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 16,111
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,099
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 58.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.9%
Median Earnings25+ $46,244
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,266
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,441


Median Family Income $91,713
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $848
Median House Value $233,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 13.8%

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

Oconomowoc Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Waukesha, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Waukesha
Standard Zip Codes 53066
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.111
Longitude -88.499

Oconomowoc Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Station HARTFORD 2 W
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chenequa 527 $176,750
Delafield 7,168 $109,242
Dousman 2,412 $73,750
Hartland 9,187 $92,330
Nashotah 1,452 $127,188
Sullivan 693 $68,500

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

Oconomowoc Public Libraries

Oconomowoc Public Library
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
(262) 569-2193

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Oconomowoc Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(262) 569-9400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Oconomowoc High Schools

Serves 1,422 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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