Port Washington, Wisconsin

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Port Washington, Wisconsin

Introduction to Port Washington, Wisconsin

Port Washington, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee county, is 24 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city’s population is approximately 10,467.

Port Washington History

Port Washington was first explored by the French in the late 17th century. General Wooster Harrison became the first to permanently settle in the area, which he did in 1835. Port Washington was officially incorporated as a town in January of 1846. It was recognized as a city in 1882.

Port Washington and nearby Attractions

  • Harrington Beach State Park
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center
  • Pabst House
  • Kohler - Andrae State Park
  • Betty Brinn Children's Museum
  • Harrington Beach State Park

Things To Do In Port Washington

The Milwaukee Art Museum, the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum, the Clark House Museum, Betty Brinn Children's Museum and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center are some of the nearby museums. The Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Kohler-Andrae State Park and Harrington Beach State Park are all accessible from Port Washington as well. Local festivals include Fish Day, the Pirate Fest, the Maritime Heritage Festival and the Summer Celebration.

Port Washington Transportation

General Mitchell International is nearby.

Port Washington Higher Education

Concordia University-Wisconsin, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Cardinal Stritch University are all nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 7% Port Washington Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 9% Port Washington Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 13% Port Washington Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 14% Port Washington People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 16% Port Washington College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Port Washington, Wisconsin

Comparing Port Washington 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 Men 9 10
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Age of the Population 5 4
Senior Citizens 4 3
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 8
Average Household Size 5 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
People Above Poverty 8 8
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Working at Home 5 5
Public Transportation Use 4 7


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

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Port Washington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Ozaukee
Standard Zip Codes 53074
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.387
Longitude -87.875

Port Washington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.5 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 16.9 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 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 53 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.9 inches
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Port Washington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,467 100%
Male 5,185 49.5%
Female 5,282 50.5%
Under 18 2,699 25.8%
18+ 7,768 74.2%
65+ 1,332 12.7%
Median Age 36
Average Family Size 3.04
White 10,150 97%
African-American 73 0.7%
Asian 49 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 39 0.4%
Other 63 0.6%
Mixed Race 93 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 168 1.6%

Estimated Port Washington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,892
Growth 425
Growth % 4.1%

Port Washington 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 48.7%
Polish 8%
Irish 6.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.9%
Italian 4.2%
US/American 4%
English 3.3%
Luxemburger 3%
French (except Basque) 2.9%
Dutch 1.8%
Swedish 1.7%
Norwegian 1.6%
French Canadian 1.1%
Finnish 1.1%
Hungarian 1.1%
Scottish 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
British 0.4%
European 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Slavic 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Port Washington 10,467 $62,215
Belgium 1,678 $59,375
Cedarburg 10,908 $66,932
Fredonia 1,934 $60,326
Grafton 10,312 $65,825
Newburg 1,119 $63,000
Saukville 4,068 $62,436

Port Washington Public Libraries

W.j. Niederkorn Library
Port Washington, Wisconsin
(262) 284-5031

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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