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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 31,611
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 16,346
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 54.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.1%
Median Earnings25+ $37,251
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,700
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,911

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,243
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $779
Median House Value $163,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10%
US/American 0%
English 3.8%
Irish 12.8%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station WEST BEND
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
Station GERMANTOWN
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Fredonia 2,115 $80,333
Hartford 14,271 $72,268
Jackson 6,808 $75,694
Kewaskum 4,043 $68,542
Newburg 1,190 $72,917
Slinger 5,148 $81,161

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

West Bend Public Libraries

Library
West Bend Community Memorial Library
630 POPLAR ST.
West Bend, Wisconsin
(262) 335-5151

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West Bend Hospitals

ST JOSEPHS COM HSPTL WEST BEND
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3200 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD
(262) 334-5533
Emergency Service: Yes

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West Bend High Schools

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1305 E DECORAH RD
262-335-5532
Serves 1,206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

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1305 E DECORAH RD
262-335-5587
Serves 1,199 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

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