• About Waukesha County

    About Waukesha County Map

    Waukesha County is located in southeastern Wisconsin, directly west of Milwaukee County and 100 miles northwest of Chicago.  The County was incorporated in 1846 under the General Laws of the State of Wisconsin.  The County has the second highest equalized property tax base, and median household income and per capita income, and is the third most populous county in the State.  The County covers an area of 576 square miles and consists of 7 cities, 18 villages and 12 towns.  Out of the 72 Wisconsin counties, Waukesha County ranks 70th in property tax rates with an assessment of $1.79 per $1,000 in property value for 2008.

    Waukesha County is organized under a County Executive form of government.  The County Executive is elected for a four-year term in a countywide non-partisan election in April.  The current County Executive was elected to his first four-year term in April 2015.   The legislative body of the County is the Board of Supervisors, which, as of April 2008, was reduced from 35 members to 25 members, who are elected by districts to two-year terms in even numbered years. 

    Waukesha County is conveniently located 15 miles west of the city of Milwaukee, 60 miles east of the city of Madison, and 100 miles northwest of Chicago. Its location and proximity to I-94 and I-43 provide quick access to the outlying areas, business and retail opportunities, and numerous recreational opportunities.

    Waukesha County experiences a broad range of highs and lows in temperature and precipitation during the course of a year. Average daily high temperature range from a low of 24.3 degrees in January to a high of 82.6 degrees in July. The yearly average for precipitation is 30.9 inches. Average annual snowfall is 38.1 inches.

    Economic Information Chart

    Economic Chart


    There are over 12,000 employers in Waukesha County employing more than 218,000 workers. Manufacturing (26%), services (25%), and retail trade (16%) represents the largest employment sectors in Waukesha County. Economic growth and associated employment opportunities continue to be strong. To be sure, Waukesha County consistently registers one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state of Wisconsin.

    Employment Distribution Chart

    Employment Chart

    Recreation opportunities abound in Waukesha County. They include:

    • 77 lakes offering fishing, swimming, and boating
    • 21,000 acres of public parks (state, county, and municipal)
    • 129 miles of hiking and biking trails over 70 miles of cross-country ski trails nearly 200 miles of snowmobile trails.
    • 10 campgrounds
    • Over 20 challenging public golf courses