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Chenequa, Wisconsin
Location of Chenequa in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Location of Chenequa in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Waukesha
 • Total 4.63 sq mi (12.00 km2)
 • Land 3.47 sq mi (8.98 km2)
 • Water 1.17 sq mi (3.02 km2)
909 ft (277 m)
 • Total 590
 • Estimate 
 • Density 173.64/sq mi (67.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 55-14225
GNIS feature ID 1562974

Chenequa is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It encompasses all of Pine Lake, a southern portion of North Lake, and the western portion of Beaver Lake. The population was 590, according to the 2010 census. The village was incorporated in 1928.


The first settlers in the area were Gustaf Unonius; his wife, Charlotta Margareta Ohrstromer; her nursemaid; Christine Soedergren; Carl Groth; and Wilhelm Pearmain.

The village was formed from the Town of Merton in 1928 by wealthy Milwaukeeans The judge addressed the local residents' complaint that the public would be shut off from access to the lake by stating that, "There is no merit to such contention. The lake is now touched by a public road, it has three hotels, where the public is invited and welcome to the lake. Besides, the county board can supervise any plats and can open up to the public any lake by the laying out and building of public roads."

Many of the residents who own property around Pine Lake and Beaver Lake are descendants of Milwaukee and Chicago industrialists who built their summer mansions there during the late 1800s.


Chenequa (pronounced "shaneequa") is located at 43°7′24″N 88°22′52″W / 43.12333°N 88.38111°W / 43.12333; -88.38111 (43.123399, -88.381173).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.71 square miles (12.20 km2), of which, 3.54 square miles (9.17 km2) of it is land and 1.17 square miles (3.03 km2) is water.

Parts of Chenequa encompass Beaver Lake, North Lake, and Pine Lake. There is public access for Pine Lake


2010 census

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 339
1940 288 −15.0%
1950 270 −6.2%
1960 445 64.8%
1970 642 44.3%
1980 532 −17.1%
1990 601 13.0%
2000 583 −3.0%
2010 590 1.2%
2019 (est.) 602 2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 590 people, 232 households, and 186 families living in the village. The population density was 166.7 inhabitants per square mile (64.4/km2). There were 324 housing units at an average density of 91.5 per square mile (35.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 232 households, of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.1% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.8% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the village was 50.6 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.7% were from 25 to 44; 36.4% were from 45 to 64; and 22.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

The 2008-2012 estimated median household income in the village was $174,583.


University Lake School was founded by residents of Chenequa: Herbert Brumder, Robert Brumder, Robert Manegold, and John M. Friend. John Friend was its first president.

Notable people

  • Garland Buckeye, former pitcher for Milwaukee Brewers
  • George Brumder, German-American newspaper publisher and businessman in Milwaukee
  • Alexander C. Eschweiler, architect
  • Jacob Elias Friend, American politician, lawyer, and businessman, President of Nordberg Manufacturing Company in 1895
  • Alfred R. Ludvigsen, member of Wisconsin State Assembly. Waukesha County 2nd District from 1935 to 1956
  • George A. Mayer, lawyer and legislator
  • Murray F. Tuley, Judge
  • Elizabeth Quadracci, co-founder of Quad/Graphics
  • Harry V. Quadracci, founder of Quad/Graphics
  • August H. Vogel, vice-president of Pfister & Vogel

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