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Brookfield, Wisconsin
Location in Waukesha County and the state of Wisconsin.
Location in Waukesha County and the state of Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Waukesha
 • Total 5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Land 5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total 6,390
 • Density 1,160.3/sq mi (448.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-10050
GNIS feature ID 1582868

Brookfield is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,390 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Goerke's Corners is located in the town.


In 1954, the city of Brookfield, Wisconsin was formed from the town of Brookfield. On March 26, 2012, the town of Brookfield filed a petition to incorporate to become a village.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 4,363
1990 4,232 −3.0%
2000 6,390 51.0%
2010 6,116 −4.3%

At the 2000 census there were 6,390 people, 2,762 households, and 1,762 families in the town. The population density was 1,160.3 people per square mile (447.8/km2). There were 2,863 housing units at an average density of 519.8 per square mile (200.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.63% White, 0.83% Black or African American, 0.03% Native American, 3.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 1.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 2,762 households 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 32.3% of households were one person and 22.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93.

The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% 65 or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

The median household income was $65,417 and the median family income was $83,036. Males had a median income of $63,661 versus $47,591 for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,608. About 2.1% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.


The town is the home of Elmbrook Church, the largest church in Wisconsin and one of the 100-largest in the United States.

Notable people

  • Caroline Ingalls (1839–1923), mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was born in the then Town of Brookfield, currently City of Brookfield. She was descended from pioneers who could trace their ancestry to the Mayflower. There is a description of her life, Little House in Brookfield, patterned after the highly successful Little House on the Prairie. Quiner's birthplace stood near today's intersection of Davidson Road and Brookfield Road, in the southwestern part of the city.
Ma Ingalls Hist Marker 2008-08 006
Historical marker at the place of Caroline Ingalls' birth
  • Katrina Kozar, MasterChef (U.S. season 6) contestant, lived in the Town at the time of her TV appearance.
  • William H. Steele, Wisconsin State Representative and farmer, was born in the town.

See also

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