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Waunakee is a suburb of Madison with a population of 13,522. Waunakee is in Dane County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Waunakee offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Waunakee there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families live in Waunakee and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Waunakee are highly rated.
About Waunakee...
Population
13,522

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$324,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$985
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Waunakee Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    107.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    200
    500.1
  • Theft
    392.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    64.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Waunakee

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,321
National
$55,322
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Waunakee Reviews

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I have lived in Waunakee for 11 years and there has been a drastic improvement in the downtown area from 11 years ago. I have loved seeing the transformation from an out-of-date town to a modern, homey town. There are tons of cute, local shops on Main Street from decor to candle shops to clothing boutiques. The school district is excellent and exceed in athletics as well as providing a safe environment to learn in. Waunakee is a safe community that is friendly and welcoming!
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I like how Waunakee is still considered a village and it doesn't allow big stores be built here, such as Target. I also love how there are so many community events and activities to bring us all together. Another big thing that makes Waunakee so great is the school district. The teachers here push us with our schoolwork and have us be prepared for college. They also push us to try and do our best in athletics. One thing that I wish Waunakee changed was the amount of food options. We have around two cafes, and they both close around 3, while I am still in school. Otheriwise we have a few fast food and pizza options. I'd like to see more sit down and unique food places.
It is a nice town but it is expanding very rapidly which is losing its roots which is “farming.” Along with that the schools are not diverse, it’s mainly just white/ Caucasian individuals. If a person is looking for a good school for education this is the place. If a person is looking for a good athletic program this is the place. If someone is looking for an affordable place to live this is not the place. Taxes are incredibly high in this area. It’s a nice town it just has it’s downfalls like any other.