Introduction to South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee county, is 9 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are 21,256 residents in the city.

South Milwaukee History

South Milwaukee was known as the Northwest Territory in the 1800s. Native American trappers and traders, who came in search of better fishing and hunting grounds, were the first to explore the area. The land proved to be good for raising livestock and farming. As a result, a number of businesses began to flourish in the area. In 1846, churches, a town office and a school were established in the area. The village was officially incorporated in 1891. The South Milwaukee Historical Society was founded in 1971.

South Milwaukee and nearby Attractions

  • Mitchell Gallery of Flight
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Racine Heritage Museum
  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design
  • Pike Lake State Park

Things To Do In South Milwaukee

Local parks include the Richard Bong State Recreation Area, the Big Foot Beach State Park and Pike Lake State Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Grant Park Golf Course. The Marquette Plaza Shopping Center is a popular local shopping destination. Local churches include the Saint John’s Roman Catholic Church, the Assembly of God Church and Saint Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church. The South Milwaukee Public Library is the local library.

South Milwaukee Transportation

General Mitchell International Airport is located nearby.

South Milwaukee Higher Education

Local colleges include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cardinal Stritch University and Marquette University.


Total Population 21,229
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 10,237
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $36,878
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,419
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,392


Median Family Income $67,458
% Above Poverty Level 87.1%
% Below Poverty Level 12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $753
Median House Value $155,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.8%
US/American 0.9%
English 4%
Irish 10.6%

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

South Milwaukee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
Standard Zip Codes 53172
Phone Area Codes 414
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.91
Longitude -87.86

South Milwaukee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34.8 inches
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Station RACINE
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 51 F
Jul Temp 64 to 79 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cudahy 18,347 $57,680
Greendale 14,294 $81,143
Greenfield 37,113 $67,997
Oak Creek 34,974 $83,229
St. Francis 9,549 $62,802

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

South Milwaukee Public Libraries

South Milwaukee Public Library
1907 10TH AVE.
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(414) 768-8195

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South Milwaukee High Schools

801 15TH AVE
Serves 1,207 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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