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Brown Deer, Wisconsin
Location of Brown Deer in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Location of Brown Deer in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 43°10′22″N 87°58′40″W / 43.17278°N 87.97778°W / 43.17278; -87.97778Coordinates: 43°10′22″N 87°58′40″W / 43.17278°N 87.97778°W / 43.17278; -87.97778
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
 • Total 4.39 sq mi (11.38 km2)
 • Land 4.39 sq mi (11.38 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
692 ft (211 m)
 • Total 12,507
 • Density 2,848/sq mi (1,095/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 414
FIPS code 55-10375
GNIS feature ID 1562261

Brown Deer is a village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. As a suburb of Milwaukee, it is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The population was 12,507 at the 2020 census.


The village incorporated on January 20, 1955 from a portion of the former town of Granville. In August 2013, the village was listed as 19th on CNNMoney's rankings of Best Places to Live - Where Homes Are Affordable, the highest ranking community in the state of Wisconsin.


Brown Deer is located at 43°10′22″N 87°58′40″W / 43.17278°N 87.97778°W / 43.17278; -87.97778 (43.172858, -87.977899).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.40 square miles (11.40 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 11,280
1970 12,582 11.5%
1980 12,921 2.7%
1990 12,236 −5.3%
2000 12,170 −0.5%
2010 11,999 −1.4%
2020 12,507 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the village was $61,097. The per capita income for the village was $28,525. About 5.8% people of all ages live below the poverty line. The median value of owner occupied housing units was $175,600.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,999 people, 5,275 households, and 3,199 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,729.5 people per square mile (1,694.5/km2). There were 5,579 housing units at an average density of 1,267.95 per square mile (787.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 61.9% White, 28.6% African American, 0.04% Native American, 4.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.01% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

Brown Deer is one of only three Milwaukee suburbs (Glendale and West Milwaukee being the others) where African-Americans make up at least 10% of the general population.

There were 5,275 households, of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 12.8% from 25 to 34, 20.7% from 35 to 49, 21.5% from 50 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. 52% of the population was female and 48% was male.


Brown Deer High School
Brown Deer High School

Algonquin Elementary School was formerly located on N. 47th Street. It served kindergarten through 2nd grade until it was closed in 2007.

In 2007, the Brown Deer Schools merged Algonquin into Dean Elementary School (which formerly taught only K4 to 4th grade).

Dean Elementary School was formerly located on N. 55th Street. It served kindergarten through sixth graders but was closed and torn down in 2013. The school, now called Brown Deer Elementary School, serves K4-6th grade.

The former Brown Deer Middle School (5th to 8th grades) and Brown Deer High School (9th to 12th grades) were merged in 2013, so the school now serves 7th-12th grades.

Brown Deer Middle School/High School and Brown Deer Elementary School are located on N. 60th Street. Enrollment is about 1600 students in grades K through 12.

Notable residents

  • Zack Baun, NFL linebacker
  • Bruce Froemming, MLB umpire
  • Dan Harmon, comedian and writer
  • Steve Novak, basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Gareth Reynolds, comedian and podcaster
  • Ervin Schneeberg, businessman and member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, born in Brown Deer
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