Introduction to Shawano, Wisconsin

Shawano, Wisconsin, in Shawano county, is 34 miles NW of Green Bay, Wisconsin and 125 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are an estimated 8,298 people in the city.

Shawano History

The Menominee Native Americans were the first to inhabit this area. Shawano was named after a Menominee chief. Prior to 1843, this land was a dense forest of pine trees. Samuel Farnsworth and his men came with the intention of starting lumbering operations in this area. It became a city in 1874.

Shawano and nearby Attractions

  • Hazelwood
  • Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum
  • Hotz Park
  • Navarino Wildlife Area

Things To Do In Shawano

Ice fishing and snow mobiling can be enjoyed in Shawano during the winter months, while deer hunting, golfing and fishing are popular activities during the summer and fall. The Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum and the Navarino Wildlife Area are accessible from Shawano as well.

Shawano Transportation

Austin Straubel International Airport is nearby.

Shawano Higher Education

Some of the local colleges and universities include Fox Valley Technical college at Appleton, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


Total Population 9,181
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,303
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 44.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,867
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 38.4%
Median Gross Rent $618
Median House Value $106,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
US/American 0%
English 2.7%
Irish 12%

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

Shawano Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NW of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Shawano
Standard Zip Codes 54166
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.782
Longitude -88.608

Shawano Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 31.4 inches
Station BREED 6 SSE
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 24 F
Apr Temp 30 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches
Station OCONTO 4 W
Distance 33.1 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 57 F
Annual Precip 31.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Shawano, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Thornton (54166)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bonduel 1,409 $55,417
Cecil 611 $49,375
Clintonville 4,504 $56,127
Embarrass 601 $44,306
Gresham 446 $34,808
Marion 1,155 $45,893

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

Shawano Public Libraries

Shawano City-county Library
Shawano, Wisconsin
(715) 526-5091

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Shawano Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(715) 526-2111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Shawano High Schools

Serves 993 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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