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Pewaukee, Wisconsin


Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Location of Pewaukee (city), Wisconsin
Location of Pewaukee (city), Wisconsin
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Waukesha
 • Total 21.15 sq mi (54.78 km2)
 • Land 19.50 sq mi (50.50 km2)
 • Water 1.65 sq mi (4.27 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 13,195
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 13,610
 • Density 676.7/sq mi (261.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-62240[4]

Pewaukee is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The population was 13,195 at the 2010 census. The Village of Pewaukee, which was incorporated out of the town before it incorporated as a city, is surrounded by the city.

The name of the city comes from "Pee-wauk-ee-wee-nick", meaning either "the dusty water"[5] or "lake of shells"[6] in Potawatomi.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Business 4
  • Education 5
  • Religion 6
  • Pewaukee Area Historical Society 7
  • Notable people 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The city of Pewaukee was incorporated in 1999, from the parts of the former Town of Pewaukee not included in the Village of Pewaukee.

The town had been established by an act of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature approved January 13, 1840, eight years before Wisconsin gained statehood.

When voting took place to decide the county seat for Waukesha County, Waukesha beat out Pewaukee by two votes.[7]


Pewaukee is located at (43.0614, -88.2495).[8] It is located in the Lake Country area of Waukesha County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.15 square miles (54.78 km2), of which, 19.50 square miles (50.50 km2) is land and 1.65 square miles (4.27 km2) is water.[1]


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 13,195 people, 5,410 households, and 3,883 families residing in the city. The population density was 676.7 inhabitants per square mile (261.3/km2). There were 5,767 housing units at an average density of 295.7 per square mile (114.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 1.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 5,410 households of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.2% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 45.3 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 11,783 people, 4,553 households, and 3,496 families residing in the city. The population density was 541.3 people per square mile (209.0/km²). There were 4,761 housing units at an average density of 218.7 per square mile (84.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.22% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Some 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Approximately 31.5% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. About 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $75,589, and the median income for a family was $80,163. Males had a median income of $55,810 versus $35,320 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34,851. About 0.6% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.


Pewaukee is the world headquarters of Harken, Inc., a manufacturer of sailboat and yacht gear sold worldwide, especially in the racing segment.


Made up of four separate schools that encompass early childhood to the 12th grade, Pewaukee Schools surround a central parking lot ornamented with trees and grass. There are two gymnasiums in the high school, and one in each of the other school buildings. The district has one football field with a track surrounding it and a soccer field. Pewaukee Lake Elementary school serves students from early childhood to 3rd grade. Horizon Elementary encompasses grades 4 through 6. Asa Clark Middle School educates the 7th and 8th grades. Pewaukee High School (PHS) is the high school, serving grades 9 through 12.

Pewaukee is also home to two Roman Catholic grade schools: Queen of Apostles School, which began in 1868, and St. Anthony's on the Lake. Both serve students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), has a main campus located in Pewaukee.


The city is home to one of the largest churches in the Milwaukee area, Spring Creek Church. The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin is also located in the Village of Pewaukee. Other churches include Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Fox River Congregational Church, St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Crossroads Church, Galilee Lutheran Church, St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, Joy Christian Fellowship Church, and Queen of Apostles Catholic Church.

Pewaukee Area Historical Society

The Clark House Museum, located in the Village of Pewaukee, was originally a stage coach inn on the Watertown Plank Road that ran from Milwaukee to Watertown. The inn was built by Mosely Clark, the son of Pewaukee's first settler, Asa Clark.[11] The Clark House remained in the Clark family until the death of Marietta Clark Larson, great-granddaughter of Asa, in 1984. In 1992 the Pewaukee Area Historical Society purchased the property.

The museum displays include an exhibits on Native American settlement with emphasis on the Potawatomi and Waukesha Beach, a popular amusement park on the shore of Pewaukee Lake. Pictures and artifacts portray a way of life from the early 1900s in the village and city. The exhibit building on the Clark House grounds, opened in 2007, houses larger artifacts, including farm machinery and a mail wagon.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "Approach of the White Man." History of Milwaukee. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1881, pp. 33-55.
  6. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society. Dictionary of Wisconsin History
  7. ^ Barquist, Barbara; Barquist, David (1987). "The Beginning". In Haley, Leroy. The Summit of Oconomowoc: 150 Years of Summit Town. Summit History Group. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ The History of the Settlement and Progress of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. 1976. 
  12. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1933,' Biographical Sketch of Walter G. Caldwell, pg. 258
  13. ^ BruceWeber. "H. A. Engle, Tobacco Plaintiff, Dies at 89", The New York Times, July 24, 2009. Accessed July 25, 2009.
  14. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Goss" in Wisconsin Blue Book 1893, p. 654.
  15. ^
  16. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1956,' Biographical Sketch of Alvin J. Redford, pg. 65

External links

  • City of Pewaukee
  • Village of Pewaukee
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