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Waukesha, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

The City of Waukesha is the 7th largest city in Wisconsin with a population of 73,445 as of July 1, 2019. 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 43.0117 and longitude -88.2315 in Waukesha County. The formal boundaries for the City of Waukesha 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Waukesha: Prairieville.

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Waukesha, WI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Waukesha, WI Housing Affordability Index is 123
State of Wisconsin Housing Affordability Index is 127
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Waukesha, WI Wealth Index is 81
State of Wisconsin Wealth Index is 88
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 73,445 (100%)
Population in Households 70,753 (96.3%)
Population in Families 54,805 (74.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,692 ( 3.7%)
Population Density 2,877
Diversity Index2 45
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $62,500
Average Household Income $79,709
Per Capita Income $32,244
Wealth Index4 81

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 31,457 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,966 (53.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,764 (40.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,727 ( 5.5%)
Median Home Value $218,369
Housing Affordability Index3 123
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 29,730
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 18,324
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.37% 0.38%
Households 0.48% 0.47%
Families 0.45% 0.35%
Median Household Income   3.2%
Per Capita Income   3.03%

Waukesha, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Waukesha to the other 778 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 53 93rd
Median Household Income # 269 66th
Per Capita Income # 233 70th

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