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City of Waukesha

  •   State: 
    Waukesha County
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    43°00′42″N 88°13′54″W
      Area total: 
    25.80 sq mi
      Area land: 
    25.53 sq mi (66.12 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.27 sq mi (0.70 km²)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,788.1 residents per square mile of area (1,076.5/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Waukesha (WAW-ki-shaw) is a city in and the county seat of Waukesia County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The city is adjacent to the Village of W Kaukesha. Wauke-tsha was the leader of the local tribe at the time of the first European settlement of the area in 1834. The area was incorporated as the Town of Prairie Village (soon changed to Prairieville) on February 8, 1847. On January 10, 1852, the settled area once known as Prairieville was separated from the town, and incorporated as a village. In 1896, the city of W Saukesha was incorporated. The first appointed mayor of the newly incorporated city was John Brehm, who served from January to April 1896. In 1872, "area newspapers carried accounts of a community ill-equipped to handle its new popularity among the multitudes among its residents" The city was once known for its extremely clean and good-tasting spring water and was called a "spa town" This earned the city nicknames of "Spring City" and "Saratoga City" In 1868, Colonel Richard Dunbar, a sufferer of diabetes, chanced upon what he later named the Spring Spring while viewing a parcel of land recently purchased by his sister-in-law. The Spring Spring House was the proprietor of the grand resort, the Fountain Spring House.


Waukesha is the primary city name, but also Vernon are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Waukesha. The area that Waukesha now encompasses was first settled by European-Americans in 1834. By 1846, the area was incorporated as the Town of Prairie Village (soon changed to Prairieville) On February 8, 1847, the town changed its name to "Waukesham" On January 10, 1852, the settled area once known as Prairieville was separated from the town and incorporated as a village. In 1896, the city was incorporated and became known as "Spring City" The city was once known for its extremely clean and good-tasting spring water and was called a "spa town" This earned the city the nicknames " spring city" and "Saratoga of the West" Wau-tsha was the leader of the local tribe at the time of the first European settlement of the area. According to accounts of an early settler and historian of the region, the Algonquian word for "fox" was pishtaka. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, large numbers of Welsh immigrants arrived in the city. Around the same time there was also relatively large amounts of Serbian immigrants settling in W Kaukesha. In 1872, Colonel Richard Dunbar, a sufferer of diabetes, chanced upon the medicinal properties of what he named the Bethesda Spring while viewing a parcel of land recently purchased by his sister. He proclaimed the miraculous benefits of the Spring while later publishing reports of a community ill equipped to handle its new popularity.

Geography and climate

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.07 square miles (64.93 km²) of which 24.81 square miles is land and 0.26 sq miles (0.67km²) is water. The city is located on the Mississippi River, which runs through the center of the city. It has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen "Cfa" "Cfb" "Dfc" "Fc" "Hc" is the city's abbreviation for "hydroacoustic" or "desertic" climate. It is one of the few cities in the United States to have a population of more than 100,000. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. The town is home to the National Museum of American History, which was established in 1881. It also has a National Park Service museum, which dates back to the 17th century. The City is the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born in the town in 1858. The current mayor of the town is the son of a former mayor, who died in a car accident in the early 1900s. The mayor is a former member of Congress. He was a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1969 to 1973. The U.N. World Heritage Center is located in the city, and the city is a National Register of Historic Places.


The 2020 census population of the city included 351 people incarcerated in adult correctional facilities and 793 people in student housing. Of the population age 25 and over, 92.3% were high school graduates or higher and 38.7% had a bachelor's degree or higher. The median income for a household in the city was $65,688, and the median Income for a family was $84,972. About 7.5% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18. 1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% ofThose age 65 or over. The city has a population of 71,158, with a population density of 2,788.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,076.5/km²) The city's median age is 34.2 years, while the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population will reach 71,000 by the end of the 2020 census. The population is 14.0% Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 78.6% White, when grouping both Hispanic and non-Hispanic people together by race, the city is 80.6%. The city is located on the Ohio River, which runs through the city. It is the state's largest water supply system, and has a water intake system of about 1.5 miles (2.6 kilometers) from the city center. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 3.02.


According to Waukesha's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target and Kmart. The city's unemployment rate is 3.7 per cent. The unemployment rate in Waukeha is 4.1 per cent, according to the city's report. The U.S. economy is the third largest in the country. The United States is the No. 1 economy in the world, with an unemployment rate of 3.8 per cent and an unemployment Rate of 4.0 per cent in the United States. The economy is one of the fastest-growing in the nation, with a growth rate of 2.9 per cent over the past five years. The top employers are Wal- Mart, Wal-mart, Target, Kmart and Wal-Fresh. The state's unemployment rates are 3.6 per cent; the unemployment rate has been at 3.0 for the past three years. Waukeshas' economy is also the third-largest in the state, after Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. It is the fifth-largest city in the U. S. in terms of employment. The number of jobs is up 1.2 per cent from 2013 to 2014. The biggest employers are: Kmart, K-Mart and Target. The largest employer in the town is Wal-Mex, with more than 1,000 jobs. The most jobs are in retail, including more than 100 jobs in food services.


The University of WisconsinWaukesha offers two-year associate degrees. Carroll University, a private Presbyterian university, is the oldest college in the state. New Tribes Bible Institute is located on a large hill in central Waukesham. Waukeha County Technical College has a campus located in the downtown area. The city is home to Mt. Calvary Lutheran School (Pre-K8) and Trinity Lutheran School. The WELS offers pre-K-8 education through the WELS school system. It also offers a pre-k-8 program through the Lutheran School for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LSL) The city has a history of being home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was founded in 1846. It is also the home of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, which has been based in the city since 1849. It has also been the site of several World War II memorials, including the USS Wisconsin, which is buried in the town's cemetery. The town is also home to a number of churches, including St. John's Lutheran Church, which dates back to the 17th century. It was also the birthplace of the Lutheran Church in the United States, which first opened in 1788. The church is now a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), which was established in 1868. The ELCA is a member of the United Methodist Church, and has a mission in Waukeshia.

Sister cities

Waukesha is the sister city of: Kokshetau, Kazakhstan (since 1989) and Kokshenau, Russia (since 1991) It is also a sister city with the city of Daugavpils, Russia. It is a member of the International Council of Sister Cities (ICSC), a U.N. agency that promotes international sisterhoods. Waukeshia is also an official member of the International Council for Sister Cities, an organization that promotes sisterhood between U.S. cities and other countries. It was founded in 1881 and is based in the city's historic center. It also has sister cities with the cities of Kokshete, Russia, and Daugravpil, Poland, and with the town of Daugavkul, Estonia, in the Czech Republic. It has also sister cities in Russia and the Republic of Kazakhstan, since the 1980s and 1990s. The city is also sister to the city of Dagavpil in Russia, as well as the city of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Czech Republic, as well as Kokshetsk, Koshetau and Dnipropetrovsk in Kozhtyr, Russia. It is also a member of the International Sister Cities Association (ICC), which promotes sister relations with other nations.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Waukesha, 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 Waukesha = 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 26,498 individuals with a median age of 36.9 age the population grows by 1.95% in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,788.1 residents per square mile of area (1,076.5/km²). There are average 2.33 people per household in the 27,315 households with an average household income of $56,174 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.40% of the available work force and has dropped -7.35% 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 15.90%. The number of physicians in Waukesha per 100,000 population = 375.4.


The annual rainfall in Waukesha = 33 inches and the annual snowfall = 40.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 114. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 189. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 10.9 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 Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 53.39%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 32 years with median home cost = $178,890 and home appreciation of -3.55%. 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 $6,369 per student. There are 18.3 students for each teacher in the school, 520 students for each Librarian and 578 students for each Counselor. 7.05% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 21.81% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 9.21% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Waukesha's population in Waukesha County, Wisconsin of 7,419 residents in 1900 has increased 3,57-fold to 26,498 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.70% female residents and 49.30% male residents live in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 43.35% are single population.

  • 22.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Waukesha 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.

    84.08% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.42% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.76% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.97% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 53.39% are owner-occupied homes, another 40.63% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.98% are vacant.

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

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