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Overview

Introduction to Waukesha, Wisconsin

Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha county, is 16 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is located along the Fox River. In 2006 the city was ranked 36th in Money Magazine's 100 best places to live in the United States list. The region provides numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Waukesha History

Settlers arrived in 1834. In 1846 the Village of Prairieville was incorporated and in 1847 it was renamed Waukesha. During the late 1800's and the early 1900's the town was a prominent spa location due to the area's high quality spring water. The rich and famous often visited the luxury resorts, including the notable Fountain Spring House. The city was named after a nearby Indian village.

Waukesha Attractions

  • Old World Wisconsin is a museum focusing on rural history and features a vast number of noteworthy buildings.
  • Waukesha County Museum.
  • Wisconsin Highland Games & Celtic Fling features a rugby tournament, Scottish and Irish sporting events, music, parades, dancing and pipe and drum competitions.
  • Ashton Arts Gallery.
  • Apple Harvest Festival features hay rides, concerts and activities for children.
  • Waukesha Symphony Orchestra.
  • Carrol Players.
  • Waukesha Civic Theatre.
  • Waukesha Art Fest includes a fine arts competition and a variety of entertainment.
  • Les Paul Band Shell features summer concerts.
  • Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium.
  • Waukesha County Expo Center.
  • Waukesha Farmers Market.
  • Almont Gallery.
  • Rowe Art Gallery.
  • The historic downtown includes numerous specialty shops.

Waukesha Activities

The Retzer Nature Center includes a trail which provides opportunities to see a wide variety of plants, birds and animals. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the numerous courses. The city incldudes extensive bicycle and hiking trail systems. A vast number of pristine lakes provide residents and visitors with opportunities for outdoor recreation. The scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest is a popular destination and includes hiking and bicycle riding trails.

The scenic Glacial Drumlin State Trail features rolling hills, marshes and rivers. The Lapham Peak Trails are enjoyed by residents and tourists. Fox River Park includes woodlands, wetlands and trails. Minooka Park is situated in a vast acreage and is popular for swimming, horseback riding, hiking as well as cross-country skiing.

Waukesha Higher Education

Carrol University is a private Presbyterian liberal arts college. The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha is located in the city.

Waukesha Transportation

The city is served by the nearby General Mitchell International Airport.

Demographics

People

Total Population72,016
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens12.2%
Employed Population 16+39,114
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married48.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.6%
Median Earnings25+$40,840
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,216
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,791

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,311
% Above Poverty Level89%
% Below Poverty Level11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone30.8%
Median Gross Rent$860
Median House Value$192,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.6%
Irish11.7%
Polish11%
Italian5.5%
English5.2%
Norwegian5.1%
French Except Basque3%
Swedish2.1%
Dutch2.1%
Czech1.4%
Russian1%
Canadian1%
Scottish0.9%
Swiss0.9%
Hungarian0.7%
Finnish0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Greek0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Slovak0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Serbian0.4%
Arab0.3%
African0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
German0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
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Waukesha Almanac

CategoryValue
County Waukesha County
Standard Zip Codes53189, 53186, 53188
P.O. Box Zip Codes53187
Phone Area Codes262, 414
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.01
Approximate Longitude-88.23

Waukesha Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWAUKESHA
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.6 inches
StationWEST ALLIS
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 27 F
Apr Temp38 to 54 F
Jul Temp66 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 61 F
Annual Precip33.8 inches
StationGERMANTOWN
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp8 to 25 F
Apr Temp34 to 53 F
Jul Temp58 to 80 F
Oct Temp38 to 58 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brookfield37,991$111,641
Elm Grove6,085$157,939
New Berlin39,807$97,644
Pewaukee13,979$99,320
Sussex10,716$97,109

Waukesha Public Libraries

Waukesha Public Library
321 WISCONSIN AVE.
Waukesha, Wisconsin
(262) 524-3680

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Waukesha Hospitals

Waukesha Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
725 American Ave
(262) 928-1000
Waukesha Cty Mental Hlth Ctr
(Government - Local)
1501 Airport Rd
(262) 548-7950
Rehabilitation Hospital Of Wisconsin
(Proprietary)
1625 Cold Water Creek Drive
(262) 521-8800

Waukesha Public Schools

Project Change-a Recovery School
111 E Main St
ZIP: 53186
(262) 524-8677
Banting Elementary
2019 Butler Dr
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-1205
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Waukesha Transition Academy
1150 Whiterock Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-1102
High
Total Enrollment 43
Waukesha Early Learning Center
1150 Whiterock Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 823
Les Paul Middle
400 N Grand Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-3105
Middle
Total Enrollment 632
Eachieve Academy - Wisconsin
222 Maple Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-1069
Other
Total Enrollment 720
Horning Middle
2000 Wolf Rd
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-3305
Middle
Total Enrollment 780
Waukesha Stem Academy
114 S Charles St
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-2305
Primary
Total Enrollment 822
Heyer Elementary
1209 Heyer Dr
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-1705
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Whittier Elementary
1103 S East Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-2805
Primary
Total Enrollment 296
Hillcrest Elementary
2200 Davidson Rd
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-1805
Primary
Total Enrollment 332
Hadfield Elementary
733 Linden St
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-1505
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Eachieve Elementary
222 Maple Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-1069
Primary
Total Enrollment 16
South High
401 E Roberta Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-3705
High
Total Enrollment 1063
Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy
401 E Roberta Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-3880
High
Total Enrollment 151
Waukesha East Alternative School
1150 Whiterock Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-4355
High
Total Enrollment 123
Waukesha Academy Of Health Professions
401 E Roberta Ave
ZIP: 53186
(262) 970-3775
High
Total Enrollment 169
North High
2222 Michigan Ave
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-3505
High
Total Enrollment 1117
Butler Middle
310 N Hine Ave
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-2905
Middle
Total Enrollment 922
Bethesda Elementary
730 S University Dr
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-1305
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Hawthorne Elementary
1111 Maitland Dr
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-1605
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Summit View Elementary
2100 Summit Ave
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-2605
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Meadowbrook Elementary
3130 Rolling Ridge Dr
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-2005
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
Lowell Elementary
140 N Grandview Blvd
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-1905
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
Blair Elementary
301 Hyde Park Ave
ZIP: 53188
(262) 970-1405
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Prairie Elementary
1801 Center Rd
ZIP: 53189
(262) 970-2205
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Rose Glen Elementary
W273s3845 Brookhill Dr
ZIP: 53189
(262) 970-2405
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
West High
3301 Saylesville Rd
ZIP: 53189
(262) 970-3905
High
Total Enrollment 1178

Waukesha Private Schools

Waukesha Catholic Middle School-st Joseph Campus
818 N East Ave
ZIP: 53186
Elementary
Total Enrollment 226
Beautiful Savior Lutheran School
1205 S East Ave
ZIP: 53186
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
Trinity Lutheran School
1060 Whiterock Ave
ZIP: 53186
Elementary
Total Enrollment 176
Catholic Memorial High School
601 E College Ave
ZIP: 53186
Secondary
Total Enrollment 700
Waukesha Catholic School - St Mary
520 E Newhall Ave
ZIP: 53186
Elementary
Total Enrollment 263
Montessori School Of Waukesha
2600 Summit Ave
ZIP: 53188
Elementary
Total Enrollment 64
Waukesha Catholic - St William
444 N Moreland Blvd
ZIP: 53188
Elementary
Total Enrollment 146
Mount Calvary Lutheran School
1941 Madison St
ZIP: 53188
Elementary
Total Enrollment 134
Waukesha Christian Academy
W271s2470 Merrill Hills Rd
ZIP: 53188
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 60
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Historic Waukesha

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Waukesha (Bethesda Springs, Silurian Spring) between 1880 and 1899

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Waukesha (Bethesda Springs, Silurian Spring) between 1880 and 1899

Waukesha (Bethesda Springs from gate) c1898.

Waukesha (Bethesda Springs, the pavilion) between 1880 and 1899

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