West Bend, Wisconsin

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West Bend, Wisconsin

Introduction to West Bend, Wosconsin

West Bend, Wisconsin, in Washington county, is 28 miles N of Waukesha, Wisconsin and 30 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is home to some 28,152 residents.

West Bend History

The city of West Bend was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi and Menominee Native Americans. The Milwaukee River played a pivotal role in the history of the city. It was named West Bend because of the western bend in the river. In 1873, the first railroad tracks were laid through West Bend, paving the way for population growth and industrialization. In 1961, the city extended its territory by annexing the Village of Barton.

West Bend and nearby Attractions

  • Pike Lake State Park
  • EAA Air Adventure Museum
  • Harrington Beach State Park
  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary

Things To Do In West Bend

Harrington Beach State Park and Pike Lake State Park are both located in West Bend. The Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular local destination as well. Local museums include the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, the EAA Air Adventure Museum and the Hoard Historical Museum.

West Bend Transportation

General Mitchell International is accessible from West Bend.

West Bend Higher Education

Concordia University-Wisconsin, Waukesha County Technical College and Cardinal Stritch University and some of the local colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 10% West Bend Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 13% West Bend Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 19% West Bend Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of West Bend, Wisconsin

Comparing West Bend 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
Senior Citizens 7 4
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Age of the Population 6 4
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 1 7


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 6 8
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 5
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 5 5
Public Transportation Use 4 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Affordability of Rents 7 2
People Living Alone 6 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4

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West Bend Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles N of Waukesha, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 53090, 53095
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.425
Longitude -88.194

West Bend Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Station HARTFORD 2 W
Distance 12.9 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
Distance 15 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
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West Bend Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,152 100%
Male 13,574 48.2%
Female 14,578 51.8%
Under 18 7,178 25.5%
18+ 20,974 74.5%
65+ 4,067 14.4%
Median Age 35.3
Average Family Size 3
White 27,391 97.3%
African-American 96 0.3%
Asian 148 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 119 0.4%
Other 173 0.6%
Mixed Race 223 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 519 1.8%

Estimated West Bend Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 29,549
Growth 1,397
Growth % 5%

West Bend 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 58.6%
Polish 5.4%
Irish 5.2%
US/American 5.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.7%
English 3.6%
Italian 2.6%
Norwegian 2.4%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Swedish 1.4%
Dutch 1.1%
French Canadian 0.8%
Czech 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Scottish 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
European 0.5%
Luxemburger 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Westbend (53090, 53095)

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)
West Bend 28,152 $56,299
Fredonia 1,934 $60,326
Hartford 10,905 $53,968
Jackson 4,938 $60,991
Kewaskum 3,274 $55,144
Newburg 1,119 $63,000
Slinger 3,901 $55,607

West Bend Public Libraries

West Bend Community Memorial Library
West Bend, Wisconsin
(262) 335-5151

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West Bend Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(262) 334-5533
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in West Bend

(As of 2005)
West Bend-Main & Paradise
443 W. Paradise Dr.
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 18

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