Waukesha, WI

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Population

72,173

0.218% growth

Median Age

35.3


Median Household Income

$61,380

2.53% growth

Poverty Rate

10.6%


Number of Employees

40,123

1.14% growth

Median Property Value

$194,800

1.25% growth

About

In 2017, Waukesha, WI had a population of 72.2k people with a median age of 35.3 and a median household income of $61,380. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Waukesha, WI grew from 72,016 to 72,173, a 0.218% increase and its median household income grew from $59,866 to $61,380, a 2.53% increase.

The population of Waukesha, WI is 78.5% White Alone, 12.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.6% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Waukesha, WI speak a non-English language, and 95.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waukesha, WI are Carroll University (784 degrees awarded in 2017) and Paul Mitchell the School-Milwaukee (49 degrees).

The median property value in Waukesha, WI is $194,800, and the homeownership rate is 58.6%. Most people in Waukesha, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Waukesha, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Waukesha, WI employs 40.1k people. The largest industries in Waukesha, WI are Manufacturing (7,098 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,444 people), and Retail Trade (4,686 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,396), Utilities ($72,031), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,699).

Median household income in Waukesha, WI is $61,380. Males in Waukesha, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Waukesha, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,380

2017 value

± $1,437

2.53%

1 Year Growth

± 4.19%

Households in Waukesha, WI have a median annual income of $61,380, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $59,866 in 2016, which represents a 2.53% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waukesha, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2021.01

  2. Census Tract 2021.03

  3. Census Tract 2022.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waukesha, WI was Census Tract 2021.01 with a value of $101,929, followed by Census Tract 2021.03 and Census Tract 2022.01, with respective values of $100,417 and $99,306.

The following map shows all of the places in Waukesha, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waukesha, WI (7.38k out of 69.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    5,252 ± 523

  2. Hispanic

    1,710 ± 331

  3. Black

    1,036 ± 264

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waukesha, WI is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

40.1k

2017 Value

± 1,265

1.14%

1 Year growth

± 4.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waukesha, WI grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 39.7k employees to 40.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waukesha, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,035 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,328 people), and Management Occupations (3,919 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waukesha, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waukesha, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,035 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,328 people), and Management Occupations (3,919 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waukesha, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.64 times higher than expected), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.61 times), and Production Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waukesha, WI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,553), Legal Occupations ($75,556), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($67,599).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

40.1k

2017 Value

± 1,265

1.14%

1 Year growth

± 4.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waukesha, WI grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 39.7k employees to 40.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waukesha, WI, are Manufacturing (7,098 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,444 people), and Retail Trade (4,686 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waukesha, WI, though some of these residents may live in Waukesha, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Waukesha, WI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (7,098 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,444 people), and Retail Trade (4,686 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waukesha, WI has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.75 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waukesha, WI, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,396), Utilities ($72,031), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,699).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $41.9B

  2. $30.3B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $41.9B, followed by Machinery ($30.3B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$356B

2020 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

38.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $356B. This is expected to increase 38.5% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.3B

  2. $29.3B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.3B, followed by Minnesota with $29.3B and Michigan and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.1% of the population of Waukesha, WI has health coverage, with 59.9% on employee plans, 12.8% on Medicaid, 10.2% on Medicare, 9.95% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Waukesha, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Waukesha, WI see 714 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.418% decrease from the previous year (717 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1107 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 515 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Waukesha County, WI see an average of 714 patients per year. This represents a 0.418% decrease from the previous year (717 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Waukesha County, WI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.91%

Uninsured

59.9%

Employer Coverage

12.8%

Medicaid

10.2%

Medicare

9.95%

Non-Group

1.23%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waukesha, WI declined by 6.31% from 6.31% to 5.91%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waukesha, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Waukesha, WI is home to a population of 72.2k people, from which 95.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.26% of Waukesha, WI residents were born outside of the country (5.24k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Waukesha, WI is composed of 56.6k White Alone residents (78.5%), 8.99k Hispanic or Latino residents (12.5%), 2.6k Black or African American Alone residents (3.6%), 2.39k Asian Alone residents (3.32%), 1.26k Two or More Races residents (1.74%), 121 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.168%), 100 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.139%), and 71 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0984%).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Waukesha, WI was 35.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Waukesha, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Waukesha, WI residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.26%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.24k people

7.81%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.62k people

As of 2017, 7.26% of Waukesha, WI residents (5.24k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Waukesha, WI was 7.81%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Waukesha, WI compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

95.6%

2017 Citizenship

95%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.6% of Waukesha, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Waukesha, WI was 95%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    56.6k ± 876

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8.99k ± 887

  3. Black or African American Alone

    2.6k ± 576

In 2017, there were 6.3 times more White Alone residents (56.6k people) in Waukesha, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.99k Hispanic or Latino and 2.6k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Waukesha, WI as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,291 ± 178

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    474 ± 142

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    333 ± 98

Waukesha, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.72 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Waukesha, WI awarded 833 degrees. The student population of Waukesha, WI is skewed towards women, with 1,219 male students and 2,331 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waukesha, WI are White (721 and 88.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (39 and 4.79%), Black or African American (16 and 1.96%), and Asian (15 and 1.84%).

The largest universities in Waukesha, WI by number of degrees awarded are Carroll University (784 and 94.1%) and Paul Mitchell the School-Milwaukee (49 and 5.88%).

The most popular majors in Waukesha, WI are Kinesiology & Exercise Science (109 and 13.1%), Registered Nursing (78 and 9.36%), and Physical Therapy (73 and 8.76%).

The median tuition costs in Waukesha, WI are $30,403 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 109 degrees awarded

  2. 78 degrees awarded

  3. 53 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Waukesha, WI was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 109 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Waukesha, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 784 degrees awarded

  2. 49 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$30,403

Median Private

In 2017, the Waukesha, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carroll University with 784 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

267

Degrees Awarded to Men

566

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 267 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waukesha, WI, which is 0.472 times less than the 566 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Waukesha, WI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    721 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    39 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    16 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Waukesha, WI were to White students. These 721 degrees mean that there were 18.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 39 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waukesha, WI was $194,800 in 2017, which is 0.848 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $192,400 to $194,800, a 1.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Waukesha, WI is 58.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Waukesha, WI have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Waukesha, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$194,800

2017 Median

± $3,656

$192,400

2016 Median

± $2,693

In 2017, the median property value in Waukesha, WI grew to to $194,800 from the previous year's value of $192,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waukesha, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waukesha, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$61,380

Median Household Income

± $1,437

29.1k

Number of Households

± 966

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.1k households in Waukesha, WI grew to $61,380 from the previous year's value of $59,866.

The following chart displays the households in Waukesha, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Waukesha, WI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waukesha, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

58.6%

2017 Homeownership

58.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 58.6% of the housing units in Waukesha, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Waukesha, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waukesha, WI have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.22% of the workforce in Waukesha, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83%

  2. Carpooled

    8.29%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.14%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Waukesha, WI was Drove Alone (83%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.29%) and those who Worked At Home (3.14%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Waukesha, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Waukesha, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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