Waupun, Wisconsin

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Waupun, Wisconsin

Introduction to Waupun, Wisconsin

Waupun, Wisconsin, in Dodge county, is 28 miles S of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and 58 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city has a population of 10,718.

Waupun History

Waupun was first settled in 1839, after being founded by Seymour Wilcox. The city derived its name from an Indian term meaning "dawn." A state prison was established here in 1851. The Rock River Valley Railroad entered the city in the mid 1800s. With the arrival of railroad, Waupun became a prosperous center of commerce and industry.

Waupun and nearby Attractions

  • Waupun Heritage Museum
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Ripon Historical Museum
  • Derge County Park
  • Pabst House

Things To Do In Waupun

Local parks include the Meadow View Heights Park, Dodge Park, McCune Park, Wilcox Park, Tanner Park, Zoellner Park, West End Park and Shaler Park. The Marsh Haven Nature Center is also a popular local attraction. The Waupun Heritage Museum provides insight into the history of the area. Local churches include the Union Congregational Church, the Waupun Assembly of God Church and the Pella Lutheran Church. Te Derge County Park and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge are accessible from Waupun as well.

Waupun Transportation

Wittman Regional Airport is nearby.

Waupun Higher Education

The Moraine Park Technical College, the Waukesha County Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are some of the local colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Waupun Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Waupun Well-Paid Single Men
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Waupun Walking and Biking to Work
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Waupun Low Violent Crime
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Waupun Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Waupun, Wisconsin

Comparing Waupun 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
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Racial Diversity 8 10
Senior Citizens 5 4
Age of the Population 4 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 7
Average Household Size 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
Median Family Income 6 6
College Educated Adults 3 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 9 9
Working at Home 5 4
Public Transportation Use 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 6
People Living Alone 7 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 5
Housing Recently Built 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 8
Low Property Crime 8 8

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Waupun Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles S of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dodge
Standard Zip Codes 53963
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.63
Longitude -88.73

Waupun Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 24 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33 inches
Station HARTFORD 2 W
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches
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Waupun Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,718 100%
Male 6,430 60%
Female 4,288 40%
Under 18 2,137 19.9%
18+ 8,581 80.1%
65+ 1,438 13.4%
Median Age 35
Average Family Size 2.96
White 9,224 86.1%
African-American 1,266 11.8%
Asian 28 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 97 0.9%
Other 55 0.5%
Mixed Race 43 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 304 2.8%

Estimated Waupun Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,558
Growth -160
Growth % -1.5%

Waupun 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 41%
Dutch 24.4%
Irish 5.4%
US/American 5.2%
Polish 4%
English 3.5%
Norwegian 3.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Italian 1.3%
Swiss 1%
European 0.9%
Scottish 0.8%
French Canadian 0.8%
Swedish 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
British 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waupun 10,718 $50,820
Beaver Dam 15,169 $46,346
Brandon 912 $50,227
Brownsville 570 $65,441
Fairwater 350 $51,250
Fox Lake 1,454 $44,904
Oakfield 1,012 $56,154

Waupun Public Libraries

Waupun Public Library
120 S. MILL ST.
Waupun, Wisconsin
(920) 324-7925

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Waupun Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(920) 324-6530
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

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Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

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