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Waukesha, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

The City of Waukesha is the 7th largest city in Wisconsin with a population of 72,916 as of July 1, 2017. Waukesha ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Wisconsin. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Waukesha is located at latitude 43.0092 and longitude -88.2467 in Waukesha County. The formal boundaries for the City of Waukesha (see map below) encompass a land area of 24.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. Waukesha County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 817 feet.

The City of Waukesha (GNIS ID: 1584371) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Waukesha population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Waukesha: Prairieville.

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Waukesha, WI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 72,916
Daytime Population: Workers 42,783
Daytime Population: Residents 33,662
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 76,445
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.05
Population in Households 70,170
Population in Familes 54,556
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,746
Population Density2 2,940
Diversity Index3 44


Median Household Income $60,481
Average Household Income $76,102
Per Capita Income $31,243


Total Housing Units 30,994 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,758 (54.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,627 (40.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,610 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $218,297
Average Home Value $235,393


Total Households 29,384
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 18,202
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.42% 0.46%
Households 0.52% 0.53%
Families 0.54% 0.45%
Median Household Income   2.65%
Per Capita Income   2.57%

Waukesha, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Waukesha to the other 774 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 99th
Population Density # 21 97th
Diversity Index # 50 94th
Median Household Income # 232 70th
Per Capita Income # 190 76th

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