Waukesha, Wisconsin

  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Waukesha

Waukesha, Wisconsin

Introduction to Waukesha, Wisconsin

Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha county, is 16 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is located along the Fox River. In 2006 the city was ranked 36th in Money Magazine's 100 best places to live in the United States list. The region provides numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Waukesha History

Settlers arrived in 1834. In 1846 the Village of Prairieville was incorporated and in 1847 it was renamed Waukesha. During the late 1800's and the early 1900's the town was a prominent spa location due to the area's high quality spring water. The rich and famous often visited the luxury resorts, including the notable Fountain Spring House. The city was named after a nearby Indian village.

Waukesha Attractions

  • Old World Wisconsin is a museum focusing on rural history and features a vast number of noteworthy buildings.
  • Waukesha County Museum.
  • Wisconsin Highland Games & Celtic Fling features a rugby tournament, Scottish and Irish sporting events, music, parades, dancing and pipe and drum competitions.
  • Ashton Arts Gallery.
  • Apple Harvest Festival features hay rides, concerts and activities for children.
  • Waukesha Symphony Orchestra.
  • Carrol Players.
  • Waukesha Civic Theatre.
  • Waukesha Art Fest includes a fine arts competition and a variety of entertainment.
  • Les Paul Band Shell features summer concerts.
  • Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium.
  • Waukesha County Expo Center.
  • Waukesha Farmers Market.
  • Almont Gallery.
  • Rowe Art Gallery.
  • The historic downtown includes numerous specialty shops.

Waukesha Activities

The Retzer Nature Center includes a trail which provides opportunities to see a wide variety of plants, birds and animals. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the numerous courses. The city incldudes extensive bicycle and hiking trail systems. A vast number of pristine lakes provide residents and visitors with opportunities for outdoor recreation. The scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest is a popular destination and includes hiking and bicycle riding trails.

The scenic Glacial Drumlin State Trail features rolling hills, marshes and rivers. The Lapham Peak Trails are enjoyed by residents and tourists. Fox River Park includes woodlands, wetlands and trails. Minooka Park is situated in a vast acreage and is popular for swimming, horseback riding, hiking as well as cross-country skiing.

Waukesha Higher Education

Carrol University is a private Presbyterian liberal arts college. The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha is located in the city.

Waukesha Transportation

The city is served by the nearby General Mitchell International Airport.

Contact Accredited Schools With Online Options

Matching School Ads
Matching School Ads

High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Waukesha Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 6% Waukesha Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 6% Waukesha Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 9% Waukesha Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 11% Waukesha College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 14% Waukesha Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Waukesha, Wisconsin

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 5
Average Household Size 4 6


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Public Transportation Use 5 10
Working at Home 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 10
People Living Alone 7 5
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Affordability of Rents 5 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2

Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Waukesha, Graduate Schools in Waukesha
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Waukesha

Waukesha Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 16 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Waukesha
Standard Zip Codes 53146, 53151, 53186, 53188, 53189
P.O. Box Zip Codes 53187
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.011
Longitude -88.231

Waukesha Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.4 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
Distance 11.7 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
Distance 15.3 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
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Waukesha, Graduate Schools in Waukesha
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Waukesha

Waukesha Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 64,825 100%
Male 31,683 48.9%
Female 33,142 51.1%
Under 18 16,004 24.7%
18+ 48,821 75.3%
65+ 6,894 10.6%
Median Age 33.4
Average Family Size 3.04
White 59,133 91.2%
African-American 831 1.3%
Asian 1,407 2.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 216 0.3%
Other 2,144 3.3%
Mixed Race 1,071 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,563 8.6%

Estimated Waukesha Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 67,658
Growth 2,833
Growth % 4.4%

Waukesha 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 40%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
Irish 7.9%
Polish 7.1%
Italian 4.8%
English 4.7%
Norwegian 4.3%
US/American 3.9%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Dutch 1.2%
Swedish 1%
European 0.9%
French Canadian 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Scottish 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Czech 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Croatian 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Waukesha, Graduate Schools in Waukesha
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Waukesha

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Vernon (53186, 53188)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waukesha 64,825 $60,841
Brookfield 38,649 $83,691
Elm Grove 6,249 $108,209
New Berlin 38,220 $75,565
Pewaukee 11,783 $80,163
Sussex 8,828 $65,702
Wales 2,523 $77,468

Waukesha Public Libraries

Waukesha Public Library
Waukesha, Wisconsin
(262) 524-3680

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Waukesha Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(262) 928-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Waukesha

(As of 2006)
W226/South 1500 Hwy 164
(262) 521-1815
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Waukesha, Graduate Schools in Waukesha
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Waukesha

Featured Colleges in the Waukesha Area (QuickSchools™)

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

A private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) institution, Antioch University serves approximately 5,000 adult students online and at five campuses in four states. All benefit from an education immersed in our core values of inclusiveness, social justice, experiential learning, and socially engaged, global citizenship.  

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation, Master of Public Administration and Policy, Master of Science in Sports Analytics Management, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

  • Programs: MSHUS- Organizational and Social Services, MS in Psychology - Addictions, AAS in Business Administration - Small Business Management, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Associate, Bachelor

Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs.

  • Programs: Online MBA specialization in International Business, Online General MBA, Online MBA specialization in Accounting, more...
  • Degrees: Master
Penn Foster

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

  • Programs: HVACR Technician, Diesel Mechanics, Veterinary Assistant, more...
  • Degrees: Diploma
Matching School Ads

Waukesha High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,440 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

Serves 1,419 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

Serves 1,335 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 115 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

Waukesha Colleges

Click school name for a detailed profile.

Carroll University

(List of Wisconsin Colleges)

Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Waukesha, Graduate Schools in Waukesha
  • Overview
  • Almanac
  • People
  • Local
  • Schools
  • Places Similar To Waukesha

Advanced Controls

Click this [+/-] link to see or edit the similarity criteria used.

Limit Results to One State?

City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
      loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose loose
1. Murray, Utah 88.1   24.7% 11.3% 25.5% 22 $51,482 7.5% 8.4% 34,024 6.3% 110.7 0.2% 5
2. Sparks, Nevada 85   24% 10.2% 17.8% 19 $52,029 7.4% 21.6% 66,346 8% 55.2 0.2% 5.6
3. Kernersville, North Carolina 83.8   31.2% 10.3% 25.9% 22 $52,266 7% 15.9% 17,126 8.4% 68.6 0.3% 5.3
4. Garner, North Carolina 81.6   23.3% 10.9% 28.2% 26 $58,302 6.7% 33% 17,757 6.8% 69.9 0.2% 5.4
5. Homewood, Alabama 80.7   35.1% 10.6% 54.2% 18 $60,256 6.3% 20.2% 25,043 7.6% 66.4 0.3% 5.3
6. Benton, Arkansas 77.5   24.7% 14.7% 18.9% 24 $51,064 7% 7% 21,906 8.6% 68.7 0.2% 4.8
7. Oxford, Alabama 73.6   23.4% 14% 17.3% 21 $47,891 6.3% 12.5% 14,592 9.4% 91.2 0.3% 8.6
8. Muscle Shoals, Alabama 72.8   23.5% 13.1% 20.3% 19 $48,113 6.3% 16.1% 11,924 7.3% 63.8 0.3% 6.2
Detailed pages on related topics: Colleges in Waukesha, Graduate Schools in Waukesha
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

Additional Details

Waukesha Colleges
Waukesha colleges and trade schools.
Waukesha Graduate Schools
Waukesha Graduate and Business Schools

Study Online in Waukesha

Matching School Ads
Matching School Ads

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.

Historic Waukesha


Waukesha (Bethesda Springs, Silurian Spring) between 1880 and 1899

Select a photo to view (Source):

Waukesha (Bethesda Springs, Silurian Spring) between 1880 and 1899

Waukesha (Bethesda Springs from gate) c1898.

Waukesha (Bethesda Springs, the pavilion) between 1880 and 1899

Additional Resources

Large City Map

Info for Waukesha Government Officials

Are you an official in the Waukesha government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.