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Waunakee is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 13,284. Waunakee is in Dane County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Waunakee offers residents a 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
13,284

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$312,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$980
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    72.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    21.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    7.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    201.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    353.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    14.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    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
$98,224
National
$55,322
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Waunakee Reviews

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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.
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Small town classic value is what you will find here in Waunakee WI. Friendly people, beautiful parks and highly rated schools. I have lived in Waunakee since I was 10 years old and I have just loved it ever since! There are so many things you can participate in in this town. One of my favorite things is the big town festival in July with a parade and fairgrounds. I highly recommend 'the only Waunakee in the world'.
This town is the best for all kids and even special needs. The house market is very high as taxes go but my son was in deforest and it was aweful. The special ed program in Waunakee is by far the best! Many people come from all over just for the one in Waunakee!