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Waunakee, Wisconsin

  •   State: 
    Dane County
      County FIPS: 
    43°11′14″N 89°27′8″W
      Area total: 
    7.17 sq mi (18.58 km²)
      Area land: 
    7.17 sq mi (18.57 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.01 km²)
    928 ft (283 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Madison, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,959.83 residents per square mile of area (756.74/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Waunakee is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 14,879 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Robert F. Kennedy visited the village to campaign for his brother John for president in February 1960. Former First Lady Barbara Bush campaigned for her son George in the village in October 2000. The name "Waunakese" has a Native American origin meaning "fair and pleasant valley" It is located at 43°1114N 89°278W (43.187253, 89.452244).According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.39 square miles (16.55 km²) of which, 6.38 square miles of land is land and 0.01square miles (0.03km²) is water. The village is bordered on the south and east by the town of Westport, the north by the towns of Vienna and Dane, and to the west by the city of Springfield. The Waunakees live on the Wisconsin River, which runs through the center of the village. The river is a tributary of Six Mile Creek, the main waterway through the community. It runs west to east before making a southerly turn through the village on its way to Lake Mendota. It has a population of 12,097 people, 4,344 households, and 3,316 families as of the 2010 census. The gender makeup of the population was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.


Waunakee is the primary city name, but also Middleton, Westport are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Waunakee, Wisconsin. The village was founded in 1871 and formally incorporated in 1893. The name "Waunakee" has a Native American origin meaning "fair and pleasant valley" Robert F. Kennedy visited the village to campaign for his brother John for president in February 1960. Former First Lady Barbara Bush visited the town in October 2000 to support her son George for president. The landmark Waunakese Railroad Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It now houses the Waunakinge Area Chamber of Commerce offices. The village is located on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad's line from Madison to Saint Paul. The train station was moved to the new community in exchange for $1,500 and two miles of right-of- way. The station is now a part of Waunakees' historic district, which is home to the town's chamber of commerce offices and other business and community facilities. The town's original location was intended to be at Packham's Mill, about where Mill Road crosses the railroad track today. However, two local settlers platted a village on their land two miles further northwest along the railroad. The original location of the village was two miles southeast of today's downtown Waunakene. The current location is two miles northwest of the former location of Packham’s Mill on Mill Road. The city's name is derived from the word "waunake" which means "fair" or "pleasant" in the Native American language, and "ake" means " valley".


Waunakee is located at 43°1114N 89°278W (43.187253, 89.452244).According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.39 square miles (16.55 km²) of which, 6.38 square miles is land and 0.03 km² is water. Six Mile Creek, the main waterway through the community, runs west to east before making a southerly turn through the village on its way to Lake Mendota. The village is bordered on the south and east by the town of Westport, the north by theTown of Vienna, the northwest by the Town of Dane, and to the west by the towns of Springfield and Springfield. The town of Springfield is located in the northern part of the village. The community is located on the Illinois River, which runs through the center of the community. It is the only town in the state to have a post office, which was established in 1872. Waunakees is a member of the National League of Cities, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and promotes healthy living in communities across the United States. It was founded in 1876. The U.N. World Heritage Site is located near the village, and was named after the village's founder, William W. "Bill" Waunakes, who was born in 1875. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the village is made up of 7,000 people. It has a population of 6,000.


As of the census of 2010, there were 12,097 people, 4,344 households, and 3,316 families living in the village. There were 4,483 housing units at an average density of 702.7 per square mile (271.3/km²) The racial makeup of the village was 95.8% White, 1.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1,2% Asian, 0,5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.96% of the population. The median income for a household in theVillage was $59,225, and the median income. for a family was $67,894. The per capita income for the Village was $25,952. About 0.4% of those under age 18 and 0.7% ofThose age 65 or over were living on the poverty line at the time of the 2010 census. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.20. The village has a population of 8,995, with a median age of 37.9 years and a population density of 1,896.1 inhabitants per squaremile (732.1/km 2) The village is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers's National Defense Training Area, which is part of the New Jersey Army National Guard. The military training area is located near the village's border with New Jersey.


Waunakee is governed by a board consisting of a president and six trustees. The president and trustees are elected to two-year terms during spring elections. The village is represented in the Wisconsin State Assembly by Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and in the State Senate by Jon Erpenbach (D -West Point) The village's representative on the Dane County Board is Tim Kiefer. The current village trustees are Nila Frye (since 2020), Gary Herzberg (2001-2018; since 2019), Sam Kaufmann (since 2021), Erin Moran (since 2018), Phil Willems (since 2007), and Joe Zitzelsberger (2018-2020; since 2022). The village president since April 2015 is Chris Zellner. The Village President of Waunakese since April 2014 is ChrisZellner, and the Village President since April 2013 is Chris Schoenfeld. TheVillage of Waupun is located in Dane County, Wisconsin. It is located on the shores of the Wisconsin River. It has a population of about 2,000 and is located near the town of Middleton. It was founded in the early 1900s and is now home to about 1,000 people. The town is located at the base of the Waupin River, which runs through the town's downtown area. It also has a small lake, which is the village's main source of water supply. The community is also home to a number of businesses, including a winery.


Waunakee added a local Village Center in 2006 that acts as a central nucleus for the community by offering a fitness center, senior center, meeting rooms, and a gymnasium. Recent years have seen two redevelopments and two new apartment buildings on Main Street, a reconstruction and new streetscape on both Main Street and Century Avenue, and annual public art displays. The top employers in the village are: Waupunakee Medical Center, Waupin Medical Center and Waupamun Medical Center. The village is home to a 160-acre (0.65 km²) business park development that hosts large and small business operations. As of 2018 the top employers are Waupanakee Business Park and the Wauplanakee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Wauplakee has a population of 2,000, with a population growth rate of 0.7%. The village's population has grown by 1.7% since the turn of the century. The population has increased by 0.8% in the last 10 years. The growth rate has been fueled by a rise in the number of people moving to the village from out of state. The number of residents has also increased by 2.6% in that time period, with 1.9% of the population living in the state of Wisconsin. The average household income in Waunakese is $30,000. The town has a crime rate of 1.2%. The crime rate is the highest in the county.


The Waunakee Airport (FAA ID 6P3) is a privately owned general aviation airport 1-mile (1.6 km) south of the village center. A number of homes are located along the runway, and many have hangars, allowing the airport to function as an airpark. commercial air service is provided by Dane County Regional Airport. The Waunakese Railroad Depot previously served passengers until 1963. The Wisconsin and Southern railroad line runs through town en route to Dane, Lodi, Baraboo, and Reedsburg. The town is located on the Wisconsin River, which runs through the center of the town. It is also on the U.S. Highway System, which connects it to the rest of the state via I-39/90/94 and US Highway 12. It has a population of 2,000 people (as of the 2010 Census) and is located in the Wisconsin Dells National Forest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is located near the town of Madison, Wisconsin, and the town is on Wisconsin Highway 113, which links it to Dane and Lodi. It also has a connection to Madison via U-S. 12 and Wisconsin Highway 19, which leads to the city of Madison and other nearby towns. The city has a water supply system that was established in the early 1900s. It was the first city in the state to be named after a lake, which was named after the town's first postmaster.


The Waunakee Community School District serves students from kindergarten through 4th grade. Private schools include St. John the Baptist Catholic School and Madison Country Day School. Waunakese Community High School is the home of the high school lacrosse, football and track teams. The high school has a synthetic turf field for the football, lacrosse and track. The town is home to the Waunakinge High School football team, which plays in the state championship game against the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Waunakene Community Elementary School is located in the town's eastern part. The school district also serves the northern and western parts of the town. It has three public elementary schools and two public middle schools. It also has a public high school, which serves grades 9 through 12. The district also has two private schools, one Catholic school and one country day school. It is located near the town of Waunakersville, Indiana, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The city's population is around 2,000 people, and the school district has a population of about 4,000. The community is located on the Ohio River, which flows through the town to the east and south. The river is the main source of water supply for the town, which has a water intake of about 1,000 miles (2,500 km) per day. The village has a lake, which is used as a source of drinking water for the community.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin = 63.1. 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 48. 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 20. 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 Waunakee = 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 14,040 individuals with a median age of 35.1 age the population grows by 24.22% in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,959.83 residents per square mile of area (756.74/km²). There are average 2.77 people per household in the 3,980 households with an average household income of $74,734 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.20% of the available work force and has dropped -2.14% 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 30.52%. The number of physicians in Waunakee per 100,000 population = 368.4.


The annual rainfall in Waunakee = 32 inches and the annual snowfall = 42.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 120. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 187. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 8.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, 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 Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 63.14%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 16 years with median home cost = $289,380 and home appreciation of -0.84%. 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 $21.40 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 $5,439 per student. There are 14 students for each teacher in the school, 480 students for each Librarian and 381 students for each Counselor. 11.45% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 24.96% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 7.70% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Waunakee's population in Dane County, Wisconsin of 1,464 residents in 1900 has increased 9,59-fold to 14,040 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.67% female residents and 49.33% male residents live in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 33.22% are single population.

  • 21.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Waunakee 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.

    82.05% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.75% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.18% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.00% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin, 63.14% are owner-occupied homes, another 31.78% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.08% are vacant.

  • The 49.99% of the population in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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