Waukesha is a city located, appropriately, in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The population of 70,000+ makes it the seventh biggest city within Wisconsin.
The town’s name is derived from the Native American leader, Wau-tsha.
Population and Number of Homes
With over 30,000 housing units and 70,000 people the population density is 2,850 for every square mile in Waukesha.
Waukesha is made up largely of young families. 24% of the population is younger than 18 while only 10% are aged 18 to 24. 30% of the citizens fall in the 25 to 44 age bracket and 24% are between 44 and 64. 10% of the city is older than 64. This leads to the median age of about 34 years of age.
A number of companies call Waukesha home and contribute to the strong economic environment. The following list is the top 5 organizations based on number of employees.
- GE Healthcare
- Waukesha Memorial Hospital
- Prohealth Care
- Waukesha School District
- Cooper Power Systems
Waukesha enjoys the full range of seasons throughout the year. The hottest time of year occurs in July when temperatures can reach the low 80’s. The coldest time of the year is in January when temps can drop down to the lower teens and possibly single digits.
During the course of the warmer months rain fall is common and the city will receive about 30 inches of rain over the year. In the winter months snow is common with about 25 inches of snow each year.
Universities, Colleges and Junior Colleges
Carroll University is a private school founded in 1846 by local Presbyterians. The school offers many undergraduate degrees in liberal arts areas and currently has approximately 2,500 enrollees.
The University of Wisconsin – Waukesha campus offers multiple 2 year degrees.
Waukesha County Technical College offers one year and 2 year degrees in many fields.
Public School System
The public school system is known as the School District of Waukesha. The system operates a total of 4 different high schools in the city
- Waukesha North High School
- Waukesha South High School
- Waukesha West High School
- Harvey Phillip High School which is the alternative school
The city has 3 middle schools plus an engineering charter middle school. There are 14 elementary schools and one engineering charter elementary school.
There are two faith based schools that offer instruction up to 12th grade. There is Catholic Memorial High School that has grades from 9 to 12 and there is also Waukesha Christian Academy that offers classes from pre-K to 12th grade.
Important Stats for Level of Education
For the citizens older than 25, here are the major education statistics
- 93% have graduated from high school
- 36% have earned a bachelor’s degree
- 11% have earned a professional or graduate degree
- only 3% are unemployed
Waukesha has a public bus system, the Waukesha Metro, which operates 16 different routes throughout the city.
The closest airport is the commercial operation General Mitchell located in nearby Milwaukee.
Popular Restaurants and Other Hot Spots
Waukesha has a large range of restaurants and delis with wonderful offerings
- Weissgerber’s Gasthaus – offering German food, especially burgers and sandwiches
- People’s Park – vegetarian food served in a lounge atmosphere
- La Estacion – Mexican cuisine
- The Machine Shed – American traditional food
- Jimmy’s Grotto – pizza
- Meiji – Chinese food
- Pats Rib Place – barbecue
The main hospitals in the area are Waukesha Memorial Hospital and ProHealthcare Medical Associates.
Due to the large population there are a number of activities to fill the time and entertain almost any interest in Waukesha
- Minooka Park – great for hiking and also welcomes dogs
- Brew City Paintball
- Lasertag Adventure
- High Roller Fun Rentals – offers paddle boats and other items for rent near the lake
- Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
- Waukesha Gun Club
All of this plus a host of parks scattered around the area.
For fans of American Football, Waukesha holds an important place in history. In 1906 St Louis University visited to town to take on Carroll College (now known as Carroll University). The halfback for St Louis, Bradbury Robinson, completed what became known as a forward pass. Due to Robinson’s talents the St Louis University won the game by a score of 22-0.
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How to Buy a Home in Waukesha with Little or No Money Down
Of course you want to buy a home in Waukesha with no down payment. Who doesn’t?
Here’s how you do it:
Many people never buy the home of their dreams simply because they don't think they have enough money for the down payment. They have been told through the years that they need 10% or 20% of the purchase price in order to buy a home. Well, this is true for the conventional/conforming loan programs but not for Waukesha Government loans.
So why have so many Lenders told them this?
It’s because selling homes to people with 10% or 20% down is easier than selling homes to people who have little or no money for a down payment. Most mortgage loan officers would rather go after the "easy sale" than try to help people who would rather save the down payment money for a rainy day or for current and future repairs/upgrades.