Waukesha, Wisconsin Education and City Information

Waukesha, Wisconsin, was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. The city hosts Carroll University, the oldest college in the state. Read on to learn more about this city.

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Information about Waukesha, Wisconsin

Waukesha, Wisconsin, is home to over 71,400 people, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, making it the seventh largest city in the state. Located 20 miles west of Milwaukee, this city's residents had a median household of $58,126 for the period 2010-2014, which was slightly above the statewide median.

Waukesha visitors and residents alike can visit the Waukesha County Museum, which features exhibits on the city's role in the Underground Railroad and its Native American history, as well as an exhibit honoring native son and guitar legend Les Paul. History buffs also might explore the historic sites located throughout the city, ranging from the Louis Yanke Saloon to various historic homes, churches and even a Civil War cannon. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the city's parks, which feature amenities for biking, hiking, soccer, swimming and other activities, as well as formal gardens for quiet reflection.

Waukesha Educational Opportunities

Located in Waukesha, Carroll University is a private not-for-profit school that confers bachelor's through doctoral degrees. The university had nearly 3,500 students as of Fall 2014, and it was ranked the 42nd best regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Dozens of other nonprofit colleges and universities are located within a 15-mile radius of Waukesha. These include Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee and Milwaukee-based Mount Mary University, Marquette University and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Waukesha Industry

As of 2012 census figures, the top industry by employment was manufacturing, with nearly 9,500 jobs, followed by healthcare and social assistance, with about 6,500 jobs. Retail trade held about 4,300 jobs, while accommodation and food services held about 3,200 jobs.

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