Introduction to Brookfield, Wisconsin

Brookfield, Wisconsin, in Waukesha county, is located 5 miles NW of West Allis, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 10 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Brookfield History

Brookfield was originally the home of the Sac and Potowatomi Indians. The area was first ruled by the French. In 1763, it came under English control. The city became a part of the Milwaukee County in 1836. William Howe was the first white settler of Brookfield and arrived in 1820. It became a part of Waukesha County in 1846. The Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad first entered the area in 1850 and constructed a depot in 1853. It was known as Brookfield Junction. It was incorporated as the City of Brookfield on August 14, 1954 and Franklin Wirth became the first mayor.

Brookfield and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Square Shopping Center
  • Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum
  • Betty Brinn Children's Museum
  • Pabst House
  • Pike Lake State Park
  • Charles Allis Art Museum

Things To Do In Brookfield

Brookfield offers easy access to various museums such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, East Troy Electric Railroad Museum, Clark House Museum, Old World Wisconsin, and Discovery World Museum of Science, Economics & Technology. The Brookfield Square Shopping Center, Loehmanns Plaza Shopping Center, Shorewood Village Shops Shopping Center, and Ruby Isle Shopping Center are the local shopping destinations. One can also visit the Brookfield Meadows Park, Kinsey Park, Westchester Park, and Canterbury Hills Park. Each year, the city hosts the Hidden River Art Festival in the month of September.

Brookfield Transportation

Flights can be availed from General Mitchell International Airport.

Brookfield Higher Education

Ottawa University - Milwaukee is the local higher education institution. Higher education can also be pursued at Carroll College, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and Waukesha County Technical College.


Total Population 38,000
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 18,121
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 63.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.1%
Median Earnings25+ $52,681
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $42,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,042


Median Family Income $108,394
% Above Poverty Level 96.5%
% Below Poverty Level 3.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,316
Median House Value $283,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 7%
Irish 14.9%

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

Brookfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of West Allis, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Waukesha
Standard Zip Codes 53005
P.O. Box Zip Codes 53008
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.06
Longitude -88.106

Brookfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.7 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
Distance 6.2 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
Distance 10.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Butler 1,763 $70,870
Elm Grove 6,037 $149,500
Lannon 1,108 $63,214
New Berlin 39,774 $96,953

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

Brookfield Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(262) 785-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Brookfield High Schools

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Serves 1,368 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

Serves 1,325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

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