Waukesha County, WI

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Population

403,072

0.612% growth

Median Age

43.2


Median Household Income

$86,968

5.74% growth

Poverty Rate

5.02%


Number of Employees

213,955

0.25% growth

Median Property Value

$290,500

4.05% growth

About

In 2018, Waukesha County, WI had a population of 403k people with a median age of 43.2 and a median household income of $86,968. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Waukesha County, WI grew from 400,621 to 403,072, a 0.612% increase and its median household income grew from $82,248 to $86,968, a 5.74% increase.

The population of Waukesha County, WI is 88.2% White Alone, 4.79% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.92% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Waukesha County, WI speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waukesha County, WI are Waukesha County Technical College (1,938 degrees awarded in 2017), Carroll University (784 degrees), and Herzing University-Brookfield (123 degrees).

The median property value in Waukesha County, WI is $290,500, and the homeownership rate is 77.7%. Most people in Waukesha County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23 minutes. The average car ownership in Waukesha County, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Waukesha County, WI employs 214k people. The largest industries in Waukesha County, WI are Manufacturing (39,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (32,532 people), and Retail Trade (21,729 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($86,698), Utilities ($85,986), and Wholesale Trade ($76,561).

Median household income in Waukesha County, WI is $86,968. Males in Waukesha County, WI have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,745. The income inequality in Waukesha County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.441, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$86,968

2018 value

± $2,195

5.74%

1 Year Growth

± 3.24%

Households in Waukesha County, WI have a median annual income of $86,968, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $82,248 in 2017, which represents a 5.74% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,874

Average Male Salary

± $1,364

$47,745

Average Female Salary

± $994

In 2018, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.36 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. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $62,272 ± $34,034

  2. White

    $49,813 ± $828

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,430 ± $8,009

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races. These workers were paid 1.25 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 County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.441

2018 Wage GINI

0.452

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.441 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.52% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 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 2034.05

  2. Census Tract 2037.03

  3. Census Tract 2009.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waukesha County, WI was Census Tract 2034.05 with a value of $147,708, followed by Census Tract 2037.03 and Census Tract 2009.02, with respective values of $122,426 and $121,992.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

5.02% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waukesha County, WI (19.6k out of 391k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    16,311 ± 801

  2. Hispanic

    2,285 ± 349

  3. Black

    1,439 ± 285

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waukesha County, 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

214k

2018 Value

± 6,324

0.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.21%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Waukesha County, WI grew at a rate of 0.25%, from 213k employees to 214k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waukesha County, WI, are Management Occupations (27,207 people), Sales & Related Occupations (25,504 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,036 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waukesha County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waukesha County, WI, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (27,207 people), Sales & Related Occupations (25,504 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,036 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Waukesha County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.75 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.5 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waukesha County, WI, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($87,267), Legal Occupations ($87,248), and Management Occupations ($86,957).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

214k

2018 Value

± 6,324

0.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.21%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Waukesha County, WI grew at a rate of 0.25%, from 213k employees to 214k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waukesha County, WI, are Manufacturing (39,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (32,532 people), and Retail Trade (21,729 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waukesha County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Waukesha County, 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 County, WI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (39,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (32,532 people), and Retail Trade (21,729 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Waukesha County, WI has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.89 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.42 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waukesha County, WI, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($86,698), Utilities ($85,986), and Wholesale Trade ($76,561).

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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

97.1% of the population of Waukesha County, WI has health coverage, with 65% on employee plans, 6.29% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 10.1% on non-group plans, and 1.1% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Waukesha County, 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

714 to 1

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

2.92%

Uninsured

65%

Employer Coverage

6.29%

Medicaid

14.6%

Medicare

10.1%

Non-Group

1.1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waukesha County, WI grew by 8.67% from 2.69% to 2.92%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waukesha County, 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 County, WI is home to a population of 403k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 5% of Waukesha County, WI residents were born outside of the country (20.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Waukesha County, WI is composed of 355k White Alone residents (88.2%), 19.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.79%), 15.8k Asian Alone residents (3.92%), 6.79k Black or African American Alone residents (1.68%), 4.77k Two or More Races residents (1.18%), 662 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.164%), 280 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0695%), and 103 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0256%).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2018, the median age of all people in Waukesha County, WI was 43.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Waukesha County, WI are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Waukesha County, WI residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

20.1k people

4.86%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

19.4k people

As of 2017, 5% of Waukesha County, WI residents (20.1k 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 County, WI was 4.86%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    82,867 ± 7,017 people

  2. India

    24,020 ± 3,797 people

  3. China

    15,072 ± 3,010 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 82,867 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 24,020 and China with 15,072.

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Citizenship

97.4%

2018 Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.4% of Waukesha County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Waukesha County, WI was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    355k ± 129

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    19.3k ± 1.95k

  3. Asian Alone

    15.8k ± 723

In 2018, there were 18.4 times more White Alone residents (355k people) in Waukesha County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.3k Hispanic or Latino and 15.8k Asian 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 County, WI as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,703 ± 1,119

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,970 ± 825

  3. Korea

    2,076 ± 514

Waukesha County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.59 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Waukesha County, WI awarded 2,992 degrees. The student population of Waukesha County, WI is skewed towards women, with 5,301 male students and 6,469 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waukesha County, WI are White (2,387 and 80.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (191 and 6.44%), Black or African American (137 and 4.62%), and Unknown (96 and 3.24%).

The largest universities in Waukesha County, WI by number of degrees awarded are Waukesha County Technical College (1,938 and 64.8%), Carroll University (784 and 26.2%), and Herzing University-Brookfield (123 and 4.11%).

The most popular majors in Waukesha County, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (454 and 15.2%), Registered Nursing (198 and 6.62%), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (130 and 4.34%).

The median tuition costs in Waukesha County, WI are $13,000 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Waukesha County, WI was Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor with 110 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Waukesha County, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,938 degrees awarded

  2. 784 degrees awarded

  3. 123 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$13,000

Median Private

In 2017, the Waukesha County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Waukesha County Technical College with 1,938 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,248

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,744

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,248 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waukesha County, WI, which is 0.716 times less than the 1,744 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,387 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    191 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    137 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Waukesha County, WI were to White students. These 2,387 degrees mean that there were 12.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 191 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waukesha County, WI was $290,500 in 2018, which is 1.26 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $279,200 to $290,500, a 4.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Waukesha County, WI is 77.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Waukesha County, WI have an average commute time of 23 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Waukesha County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$290,500

2018 Median

± $3,945

$279,200

2017 Median

± $4,414

In 2018, the median property value in Waukesha County, WI grew to to $290,500 from the previous year's value of $279,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waukesha County, 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 County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$86,968

Median Household Income

± $2,195

158k

Number of Households

± 5,082

In 2018, the median household income of the 158k households in Waukesha County, WI grew to $86,968 from the previous year's value of $82,248.

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

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Rent vs Own

77.7%

2018 Homeownership

75.3%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 77.7% of the housing units in Waukesha County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.3%.

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

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Commute Time

23 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waukesha County, WI have a shorter commute time (23 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.35% of the workforce in Waukesha County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.9%

  2. Carpooled

    6.95%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.72%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Waukesha County, WI was Drove Alone (84.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.95%) and those who Worked At Home (5.72%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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