Introduction to Waupaca, Wisconsin

Waupaca, Wisconsin, in Waupaca county, is 33 miles W of Appleton, Wisconsin and 108 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are 5,676 residents in the city.

Waupaca History

Waupaca was originally occupied by Native Americans. The city derived its name from an Indian term meaning either "white sand bottom," "stalling place" or "pale water." The first white settlers arrived in the area in June of 1849. The Waupaca Post Office was established in 1852. It was incorporated as a village on May 4, 1857, and recognized as a city on April 6, 1875.

Waupaca and nearby Attractions

  • Waupaca Woods Shopping Mall
  • Hartman Creek State Park
  • Hutchinson Museum
  • Oakwood Park
  • Hartman Creek State Park

Things To Do In Waupaca

Brainerd Bridge Park, Kiwanis Park and South Park are the local parks. The Waupaca Woods Shopping Mall is a popular local shopping center. The Waupaca Country Club is home to the city’s golf course. The Foxfire Golf Club and the Hidden Waters Golf Course are nearby as well. The Museum of Natural History and the EAA Air Adventure Museum are also popular local destinations. Local celebrations include Autumn Harvest Days, Hometown Day, Fall-o-Rama and the Strawberry Fest.

Waupaca Transportation

Dane County Regional is the nearest major airport.

Waupaca Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Fox Valley Technical College at Appleton and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 6,006
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 21.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,767
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 45%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,517
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 41.6%
Median Gross Rent $696
Median House Value $106,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 7.9%

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

Waupaca Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles W of Appleton, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 108 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Waupaca
Standard Zip Codes 54981
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.358
Longitude -89.085

Waupaca Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 23 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32 inches
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 56 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amherst 1,220 $55,521
Iola 1,344 $53,917
Manawa 1,332 $59,722
Ogdensburg 219 $60,250
Scandinavia 358 $66,250

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

Waupaca Public Libraries

Waupaca Area Public Library
107 S. MAIN ST.
Waupaca, Wisconsin
(715) 258-4414

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Waupaca High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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