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Brookfield, Wisconsin

  •   State: 
    Waukesha County
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    43°3′29″N 88°6′53″W
      Area total: 
    27.66 sq mi
      Area land: 
    27.29 sq mi (70.68 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.37 sq mi (0.95 km²)
    830 ft (253 m)
    Incorporated August 14, 1954
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      Dman name cbsa: 
    Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,433.31 residents per square mile of area (553.41/km²)
      Household income: 
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Brookfield is west of Milwaukee in Waukesha County in an area originally inhabited by Potawatomi Indians. The first white settler, William Howe, arrived in 1820 with a Presidential Land Grant giving him title to the area. In 1850, the Town of Brookfield had 1,944 inhabitants and in land area covered 36 square miles. In 1928, the first suburban development, Kinsey's Garvendale, a residential subdivision, was created. The city has a total area of 27.66 square miles (70.68 km), of which 27.29 square miles is land and 0.2 km is water. It had a population of 37,920 in the 2010 census. Brookfield is the third-largest city in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is located on the Wisconsin River, which runs through the city. It has a sub-continental water divide of 0.367 miles (0.95 km) according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has 27.2 square miles of water water. In 2010, Brookfield was the third most populous city in Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Milwaukee, with a total population of 36,920 and 27.4 square miles, respectively. It was the fourth most populous in the United States in 2010, after Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2011, it was the ninth most populous U.N. city. The town is home to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which has a campus of the same name.


Brookfield is west of Milwaukee in Waukesha County in an area originally inhabited by Potawatomi Indians. The first white settler, William Howe, arrived in 1820 with a Presidential Land Grant giving him title to the area. The town slowly grew over following years, with the economy being mostly agricultural, with Brookfield Junction serving as a commercial center for the surrounding farms. In the year 1850, the Town of Brookfield had 1,944 inhabitants and in land area covered 36 square miles. In 1928, the first suburban development, Kinsey's Garvendale, a residential subdivision, was created. Today, Brookfield covers 2766 square miles and numbers 37,920 residents. The city was incorporated on August 14, 1954, and at the time had a population of 7,900 and covered an area of 17.5 square miles, with an industrial and commercial base. It is now one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., with an average growth rate of 1.7% per year. It was founded by Franklin Wirth, and he oversaw the new city, which was founded in 1839, when the population was 148. In these 1840s, George Gebhardt started trading with the surrounding Potaw atomi and Menominee neighbors. In 1849, cholera reached Brookfield, and one Laura Grover recalls, "The death-like stillness was appalling; nothing was seen but the death carts rolling round the streets gathering the recent dead" In 1853, a second rail depot was constructed, which still stands.

Geography and climate

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.59 square miles (71.46 km²) The sub-continental divide passes through Brookfield. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as humid continental (Dfa) The city is home to a heron rookery. The city's population is estimated to be around 6,000. It is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Fox River of Illinois and Wisconsin on its way to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. It also has a population of about 2,000, according to the United States Census Bureau. It has a humid continental climate, with an average monthly temperature of °F (°C) and an average annual rainfall of 1.7 inches (4.2 m) The town has a history of being heavily affected by World War II. It was the site of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. The town is also home to the Brookfield Museum, which dates back to the 18th century, and the Wisconsin State Capitol, which was built in the 19th century. It lies on the banks of the Wisconsin River, which runs through the center of the city. Its population is about 5,000; it has a climate that is humid continental, with average monthly temperatures of 3.7 degrees (°F) and average yearly rainfall of 1.7 m (3.0 in).


As of the census of 2010, there were 37,920 people, 14,576 households, and 10,999 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 1.2% African American, 0. 2% Native American, 6.7% Asian, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2 percent of the population. The median income for a household in theCity was $76,225, and the median income. for a family was $83,691. Out of the total population, 2.4 percent of those under age 18 and 3.4percent of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.01. The city's median age was 42.7 years, with 26.8 percent under the age of 18, 4.6 percent from 18 years old to 24 years old, 23.2percent from 25 to 44, 27.8percent from 45 to 64, and 17.6percent who were 65 years old or older. The per capita income for the city in 2010 was $37,292, with 2.1 percent of people under the ages of 18 living under that age. The. median age in the City was 42 years. There were 14,208 housing units at an average density of 522.4 per square mile (201.7/km²) and the. median income was $62,351.


Fiserv is headquartered in Brookfield. The firm provides financial services technology for banks, thrifts, credit unions, securities broker dealers, leasing and finance companies, and retailers, among others. Its 2016 revenue was approximately $5.5 billion.Fedex's SmartPost business unit is also headquartered inBrookfield. It is based in New York City, with offices in Toronto and Montreal. It has a $1.2 billion annual revenue business, and employs more than 1,000 people. It also has offices in London, Paris, Berlin and New York. It was founded in 1903, and is one of the oldest banks in the world. It provides software for banks and other financial services companies. Its revenue in 2016 was about $4.9 billion, and it employs about 1,200 people. Its annual revenue is approximately $3 billion. It's also based in Toronto, New York, and Montreal, and its offices are in the city's Financial District and the East Village, and the West Village, among other locations. It employs around 1,500 people, and has offices around the world, including in New Jersey, London and Washington, D.C. and the City of Brookfield, Canada. It had a revenue of about $5 billion in 2016, and employed approximately 1,100 people. The company's annual revenue was $3.1 billion, or $2.7 billion in 2015 and 2016. Its global revenue is about $2 billion, including about $1 billion in the United States.


Capitol Airport (02C) serves the city and surrounding communities. The airport is located in the city's central business district. It is the only airport in the area with a direct runway to the city.


Brookfield has a mayorcouncil government. The mayor is elected to a four-year term. The Common Council is composed of 14 aldermen, with two representing each of seven districts. Brookfield is represented by Scott Fitzgerald (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson and Dale Kooyenga in the Wisconsin State Senate. On April 3, 2018, incumbent mayor Steve Ponto ran unopposed for mayor. He defeated former two-term Mayor Jeff Speaker by a vote of 4,512 to 2,539. He was re-elected on April 1, 2014, and again on April 2, 2014. He is currently serving his fourth term as mayor of Brookfield. The city is located in Wisconsin's Dairyland region and is located on the shores of the Wisconsin Dells. It has a population of about 3,000. It is home to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee County College of Medicine and Dentistry. It also has a college of medicine and dentistry in the nearby town of Waukesha. It was founded in 1883. It became a city in 1887. It had a post-secondary school in 1891. It opened in 1894. It received its first post-graduate degree in 1892. It got its first high school diploma in 1881. In 1894, Brookfield was the site of its first college, the Wisconsin Institute of Technology.


The Elmbrook School District serves residents of Brookfield excluding a small section of southwest Brookfield, which is in the Waukesha School District. Private schools include St. Dominic Catholic School, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, and St. Luke Catholic School. Private high schools located within the Brookfield city limits include Brookfield Academy and Heritage Christian School, West Suburban Christian Academy. Brookfield Christian School is a private Christian school located in the city limits. The school district also operates a private high school in the town called Brookfield Preparatory School, which was founded in the 1970s. The district also runs a private middle and high school, Brookfield Prep, which opened in the 1980s. It is the only school district in Brookfield that does not also operate a public high school. It was founded by the city's former mayor in the early 1980s, and has been in the district since the early 1990s. In the 1990s, the district added a middle school and a high school to the district. It also opened a private school in 2008, which has since become a magnet school for students from all over the state of Wisconsin. It has also expanded to include private high schools and a private college and university program in the past few years, including Brookfield University and Brookfield State College. It currently has more than 1,000 students in the school district, making it one of the largest school districts in the U.S. and the second largest in Wisconsin.


Brookfield offers shopping, fine dining, outdoor golf and parks. The Elmbrook Historical Society hosts several events annually celebrating the lives of early Brookfield settlers. The city is often visited by fans of her daughter, Laura, author of the Little House on the Prairie book series. Brookfield Days is held annually in June, at Wirth Park supported by the local community. A farmer's market runs on weekends in summer months at the Brookfield City Hall.Brookfield Square is the main shopping mall for the city and also serves as a commercial anchor to the Bluemound Road shopping district serving the western suburbs of Milwaukee and Waukesha County. The town's main beach is located at Fox Brook Park where hiking in natural preserves, sailing, biking and golfing are also available. It also has off-road bike paths throughout the city. It is located on the Wisconsin River, which runs through the western part of the city, and the Wisconsin Dells, which run through the city's eastern part. It was the site of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1864. It's also the location of the Wisconsin State Fair, which was held in 1875 and 1876. It has been home to the U.S. National Museum of Natural History, which is located in the town's Mitchell Park. The U.N. World Heritage Site, which dates back to 1788, is located near the town. The Wisconsin State Museum of Nature and Science, which opened in 1876, is also located in Mitchell Park, and is the location for the Wisconsin state fair, which began in 1878.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin = 43.4. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 35. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 80. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Brookfield = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 35,720 individuals with a median age of 46.7 age the population grows by 0.71% in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,433.31 residents per square mile of area (553.41/km²). There are average 2.61 people per household in the 14,675 households with an average household income of $84,573 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.20% of the available work force and has dropped -7.36% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.08%. The number of physicians in Brookfield per 100,000 population = 375.4.


The annual rainfall in Brookfield = 31 inches and the annual snowfall = 39.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 109. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 188. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 86.91%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 38 years with median home cost = $241,260 and home appreciation of -4.32%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $18.55 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,863 per student. There are 15.6 students for each teacher in the school, 445 students for each Librarian and 696 students for each Counselor. 6.29% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 31.40% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 17.66% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Brookfield's population in Waukesha County, Wisconsin of 18,226 residents in 1900 has increased 1,96-fold to 35,720 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.33% female residents and 48.67% male residents live in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 29.53% are single population.

  • 21.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Brookfield require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    89.83% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 5.43% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.49% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.75% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 86.91% are owner-occupied homes, another 10.22% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.87% are vacant.

  • The 63.65% of the population in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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