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  7. Jobs
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Waukesha is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 72,173. Waukesha is in Waukesha County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Waukesha offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Waukesha there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Waukesha and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Waukesha are above average.
About Waukesha...
Population
72,173

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$194,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$876
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Waukesha Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    70.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    59.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    34.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    173.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,164.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    49.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Waukesha

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,380
National
$55,322
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Waukesha Reviews

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Not really the best at following policies and procedures at certain schools and aren't very helpful for special needs children at specific school's. Not exactly helpful to struggling single parent, low income and needy families with disabilities, especially financially!
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Waukesha is my birth City. Born and raised and I love this city. It's close enough for a night out on the town in a big city like Milwaukee and still close enough to drive out to go camping. It's sort of a sweet spot for cities. Waukesha keeps growing with more stores popping up and the downtown area is beautiful. The schools are amazing (STEM school system) and charter schools (Waukesha Academy of Health Proessions etc). Waukesha is not too big and not too small. There are constantly different events happening in Waukesha to keep involved in the city!
I've had the opportunity to travel all over the world, and I still love and appreciate coming back to Waukesha every time. Waukesha, though large, is very close nit and everyone knows each other. The people are all nice and because of the new shopping outlet near the river, I could never leave Waukesha if I had to. We have fairs and festivals and Friday Night Live every Friday in the summer/fall. I always feel safe and I now know my way around town perfectly. I can’t imagine living anywhere else, I love it here. Waukesha is awesome, Waukesha is my home.