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Overview

Introduction to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee county, is 1 miles N of West Allis, Wisconsin and 5 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is home to some 47,271 residents.

Wauwatosa History

The city of Wauwatosa was incorporated on May 27, 1897. Major portions of the city was farmland until 19th century. It is named after the Potawatomi Native Americans who lived in the upper Mississippi River region. The first permanent white settler, Charles Hart, arrived in the area in 1835. More than 15 other families came to Wauwatosa in the same year. In 1851, the city’s first railroad track was established.

Wauwatosa and nearby Attractions

  • Betty Brinn Children's Museum
  • Pabst House
  • Clark House Museum
  • Pike Lake State Park

Things To Do In Wauwatosa

Wauwatosa hosts the TosaFest every year. The Pabst House Museum, former home of beer magnate Frederick Pabst, is a popular local spot. Other nearby museums include the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, the Clark House Museum and the Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design. Tourists The 678-acre Pike Lake State Park offers opportunities for camping, swimming and hiking.

Wauwatosa Transportation

Flights are available from General Mitchell International Airport.

Wauwatosa Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University are all nearby.

People

Total Population 47,126
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 25,393
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 52.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.6%
Median Earnings25+ $47,618
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,531
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,531

Wealth

Median Family Income $96,601
% Above Poverty Level 93.6%
% Below Poverty Level 6.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.8%
Median Gross Rent $957
Median House Value $220,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.7%
Irish 17.1%

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

Wauwatosa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles N of West Allis, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 5 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
Standard Zip Codes 53210, 53213, 53222, 53226
Phone Area Codes 414
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.049
Longitude -88.007

Wauwatosa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MILWAUKEE MT MARY COL
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 32 inches
Station WEST ALLIS
Distance 2.3 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 GERMANTOWN
Distance 12.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Wawatosa (53210, 53213, 53222, 53226)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookfield 38,000 $108,394
Butler 1,763 $70,870
Elm Grove 6,037 $149,500
Milwaukee 599,498 $41,534

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

Wauwatosa Public Libraries

Library
Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W. NORTH AVE.
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
(414) 471-8484

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Wauwatosa Hospitals

WISCONSIN HEART HSPTL
(Proprietary)
10000 W BLUE MOUND RD
(414) 778-7800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Wauwatosa High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

EAST HI
7500 MILWAUKEE AVE
414-773-2000
Serves 1,211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

WEST HI
11400 W CENTER ST
414-773-3000
Serves 974 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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10201 W WATERTOWN PLANK RD
414-257-4857
A Non-traditional School
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

PLANK ROAD SCHOOL
9501 W WATERTOWN PLANK RD
414-257-7128
A Non-traditional School
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OF WI SCH
9000 W WISCONSIN AVE
414-299-2795
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

RIVER HILLS SCHOOL (CATC)
9455 W WATERTOWN PLANK RD
414-257-7537
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.6

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