Introduction to Waupun, Wisconsin

Waupun, Wisconsin, in Dodge county, is 28 miles S of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and 58 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city has a population of 10,718.

Waupun History

Waupun was first settled in 1839, after being founded by Seymour Wilcox. The city derived its name from an Indian term meaning "dawn." A state prison was established here in 1851. The Rock River Valley Railroad entered the city in the mid 1800s. With the arrival of railroad, Waupun became a prosperous center of commerce and industry.

Waupun and nearby Attractions

  • Waupun Heritage Museum
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
  • Marsh Haven Nature Center
  • Ripon Historical Museum
  • Derge County Park
  • Pabst House

Things To Do In Waupun

Local parks include the Meadow View Heights Park, Dodge Park, McCune Park, Wilcox Park, Tanner Park, Zoellner Park, West End Park and Shaler Park. The Marsh Haven Nature Center is also a popular local attraction. The Waupun Heritage Museum provides insight into the history of the area. Local churches include the Union Congregational Church, the Waupun Assembly of God Church and the Pella Lutheran Church. Te Derge County Park and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge are accessible from Waupun as well.

Waupun Transportation

Wittman Regional Airport is nearby.

Waupun Higher Education

The Moraine Park Technical College, the Waukesha County Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 11,355
Male Share of the Population 55.1%
Female Share of the Population 44.9%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,597
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 46.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $69,089
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $682
Median House Value $121,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.6%
Irish 8.9%

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

Waupun Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles S of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dodge
Standard Zip Codes 53963
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.63
Longitude -88.73

Waupun Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 24 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33 inches
Station HARTFORD 2 W
Distance 25.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaver Dam 16,400 $57,066
Brandon 960 $62,941
Brownsville 615 $91,250
Fairwater 366 $67,750
Fox Lake 1,545 $64,063
Oakfield 1,060 $75,517

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

Waupun Public Libraries

Waupun Public Library
120 S. MILL ST.
Waupun, Wisconsin
(920) 324-7925

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Waupun Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(920) 324-6530
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

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Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

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