Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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.

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High Points

Oconomowoc strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Wisconsin):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Oconomowoc Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 7% Oconomowoc Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 11% Oconomowoc College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 11% Oconomowoc Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 12% Oconomowoc Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Oconomowoc People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Comparing Oconomowoc to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Wisconsin (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Senior Citizens 8 6
Female Share of the Population 7 8
Age of the Population 7 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Racial Diversity 2 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 7
Average Household Size 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Short Commute Times 6 5
Public Transportation Use 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 7
People Living Alone 6 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 7
Housing Recently Built 6 7
Affordability of Rents 4 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2

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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
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Oconomowoc Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,382 100%
Male 5,857 47.3%
Female 6,525 52.7%
Under 18 3,057 24.7%
18+ 9,325 75.3%
65+ 2,092 16.9%
Median Age 38
Average Family Size 2.98
White 12,098 97.7%
African-American 38 0.3%
Asian 66 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 35 0.3%
Other 58 0.5%
Mixed Race 86 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 204 1.6%

Estimated Oconomowoc Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 13,711
Growth 1,329
Growth % 10.7%

Oconomowoc Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 50.9%
Irish 7.4%
Polish 6.3%
English 4.9%
Norwegian 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
Italian 3.5%
US/American 2.6%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Swedish 1.6%
Dutch 1.5%
European 1.3%
Czech 0.8%
Slovene 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
British 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Finnish 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Belgian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Oconomowoc 12,382 $62,950
Chenequa 583 $166,623
Delafield 6,472 $71,955
Dousman 1,584 $53,409
Hartland 7,905 $67,844
Nashotah 1,266 $82,949
Sullivan 688 $50,833

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

Starbucks in Oconomowoc

(As of 2005)
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1370 Pabst Farms Circle
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Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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