Waukesha, Wisconsin Population 2021

71,991
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Waukesha is a city located in Waukesha County Wisconsin. It is also the county seat of Waukesha County. With a 2020 population of 71,991, it is the 7th largest city in Wisconsin and the 509th largest city in the United States . Waukesha is currently declining at a rate of -0.21% annually but its population has increased by 1.80% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 70,718 in 2010. Waukesha reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 26 miles, Waukesha has a population density of 2,821 people per square mile.

The average household income in Waukesha is $81,370 with a poverty rate of 10.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $944 per month, and the median house value is $212,700. The median age in Waukesha is 36.1 years, 35.4 years for males, and 37.2 years for females.

Waukesha Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Waukeshawas:

  • White: 88.82%
  • Black or African American: 3.48%
  • Asian: 2.93%
  • Two or more races: 2.39%
  • Other race: 2.07%
  • Native American: 0.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Waukesha, Wisconsin is 71,991 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 72,299.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 70,718.

Waukesha, Wisconsin Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20211,577,5501,1900.08%
20201,576,3601,1800.07%
20191,575,1801,1800.07%
20181,574,000-440-0.03%
20171,574,440-1,560-0.10%
20161,576,000-500-0.03%
20151,576,5001,5000.10%
20141,575,0003,2700.21%
20131,571,7304,4800.29%
20121,567,2505,9500.38%
20111,561,3004,6200.30%
20101,556,6800.00%

Waukesha Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White64,31788.82%
Black or African American2,5193.48%
Asian2,1222.93%
Two or More Races1,7302.39%
Some Other Race1,4992.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native1550.21%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander700.10%
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Waukesha Population by Race

Waukesha Population Pyramid $2021

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Waukesha Median Age

36.1


Total

35.4


Male

37.2


Female

Waukesha Adults

There are 57,228 adults, (9,840 of whom are seniors) in Waukesha.

Waukesha Age Dependency

52.8

Age Dependency Ratio

20.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32

Child Dependency Ratio

Waukesha Sex Ratio

Female

37,365

51.60%

Male

35,047

48.40%

Waukesha Population by Age

Waukesha Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Waukesha Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family36.5%63.5%
Male38.7%61.3%
Female38.9%61.1%
All58.1%41.9%
Married82.5%17.5%

58.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Waukesha Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,4062.3758.1
Married13,5863.0982.5
Non Family11,7141.2636.5
Female3,0433.138.9
Male1,0633.238.7

3.03

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

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Waukesha Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,5913.29%
9th to 12th Grade2,1264.40%
High School Graduate11,33623.48%
Some College10,19121.10%
Associates Degree4,6649.66%
Bachelors Degree12,41325.71%
Graduate Degree5,96712.36%
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Waukesha Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Waukesha Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White39,97338,38416,254
Hispanic5,0703,385623
Asian1,4981,4521,079
Black1,203847222
Other Race85238144
2+ Races618570216
Native American98926
Islander888

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Waukesha Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$44,519$52,449$38,791
Less Than 9th Grade$29,882$31,796$27,527
High School Graduate$34,003$39,284$29,931
Some College$40,685$46,194$33,042
Bachelors Degree$55,688$67,377$47,202
Graduate Degree$70,685$85,087$60,858

$44,519

Average Earnings

$52,449

Average Male

$38,791

Average Female

Waukesha Earnings by Educational Attainment

Waukesha Language by Age

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Waukesha Language

88.21% of Waukesha residents speak only English, while 11.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.75% of the population.

Waukesha Language

Waukesha Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White54,8604,7628.68%
Hispanic9,0811,70618.79%
Black2,36360425.56%
Multiple1,64133220.23%
Other1,4481419.74%
Asian2,037813.98%
Islander706288.57%
Native14996.04%

10.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.65%

Male Poverty Rate

12.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Waukesha

The race most likely to be in poverty in Waukesha is Islander, with 88.57% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Waukesha is Asian, with 3.98% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.03%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.46%.

Waukesha Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.91%
High School12.85%
Some College8.00%
Bachelors or Greater2.54%

Waukesha Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed34.48%
Male Unemployed24.71%
Female Employed6.75%
Male Employed4.63%

Waukesha Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Waukesha Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$65,260$81,370
Families$87,335$101,366
Married Families$102,287-
Non Families$40,104$48,590
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Income by Household Type

Waukesha Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

47.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.8%

Male Marriage Rate

45.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Waukesha Married by Age and Sex

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Waukesha Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Waukesha Marital Status by Race

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Waukesha Marital Status

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3,137

Number of Veterans

2,903

Male Veterans

234

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,087
First Gulf War566
Second Gulf War502
Korea326
World War II159

Waukesha Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+944
65 to 74806
35 to 54700
55 to 64429
18 to 34258

Waukesha Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,0475.91%
Hispanic1682.69%
Black341.97%
2+ Races303.12%
Native American149.79%
Other Race121.11%

Waukesha Veterans by Race

Waukesha Veterans by Education

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5.39%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Waukesha Veterans by Education

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71.7%

Labor Force Participation

69.5%

Employment Rate

3%

Unemployment Rate

Waukesha Employment by Age

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Waukesha Employment by Race

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Waukesha Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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71.60%

Born in Waukesha

93.07%

Native Born

6.93%

Foreign Born

4.37%

Non Citizen

2.55%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.07% of Waukesha residents were born in the United States, with 71.60% having been born in Wisconsin. 4.37% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Waukesha Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202171,991-154-0.21%
202072,145-154-0.21%
201972,299-154-0.21%
201872,453-63-0.09%
201772,5161110.15%
201672,405300.04%
201572,3753660.51%
201472,0092340.33%
201371,775580.08%
201271,7174930.69%
201171,22490.01%
201071,2156,3900.94%
200064,8257,8671.30%
199056,9586,5931.24%
198050,36510,6702.41%
197039,6959,6912.84%
196030,0048,7713.52%
195021,2331,9910.99%
194019,2422,0661.14%
193017,1764,6183.18%
192012,5583,8183.69%
19108,7401,3211.65%
19007,4191,0981.61%
18906,3213,3527.85%
18802,9693361.21%
18702,6330.00%

Waukesha Population by Year