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Cudahy, Wisconsin
Location of Cudahy in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Location of Cudahy in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
Area
 • Total 4.77 sq mi (12.36 km2)
 • Land 4.77 sq mi (12.36 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
722 ft (220 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 18,267
 • Estimate 
(2019)
18,104
 • Density 3,792.21/sq mi (1,464.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 414
FIPS code 55-17975
GNIS feature ID 1563607

Cudahy is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 18,267 at the 2010 census.

History

Originally known as the Buckhorn Settlement, it was renamed in the late 1800s when Patrick Cudahy purchased 700 acres (280 ha) of land in the Town of Lake, two miles (three kilometers) from the Milwaukee city limits, to build his meatpacking plant. The first village president was elected in 1895, and by 1906 Cudahy was incorporated as a city with a population of 2,556.

Geography

Cudahy is located at 42°56′54″N 87°51′40″W / 42.94833°N 87.86111°W / 42.94833; -87.86111 (42.948416, -87.861010). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.76 square miles (12.3 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,366
1910 3,691 170.2%
1920 6,725 82.2%
1930 10,631 58.1%
1940 10,561 −0.7%
1950 12,182 15.3%
1960 17,975 47.6%
1970 22,078 22.8%
1980 19,547 −11.5%
1990 18,659 −4.5%
2000 18,429 −1.2%
2010 18,267 −0.9%
2019 (est.) 18,104 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 18,267 people, 8,059 households, and 4,666 families living in the city. The population density was 3,837.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,481.7/km2). There were 8,662 housing units at an average density of 1,819.7 per square mile (702.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.8% White, 2.7% African American, 0.9% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 3.6% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.7%.

Out of 8,059 households, 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.1% were non-families. 35.5% of households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age was 40.3 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 15.7% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Education

The Cudahy School District provides public education for the area. Cudahy High School is the local high school.

St. Paul's Lutheran School is a K4-8 Christian grade school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Cudahy.

Notable people

  • Albert M. Bielawski, Michigan State Representative
  • Frank Chermak, Wisconsin legislator
  • Patrick Cudahy, Founder of Cudahy and Cudahy Packing Company
  • Barney Augustus Eaton, Wisconsin legislator
  • Lamar Gordon, NFL Running Back
  • Lawrence P. Kelly, mayor of Cudahy and legislator
  • Frank Kosikowski, professional football player
  • Jim Miklaszewski, NBC News correspondent for the Pentagon
  • Vaughn Monroe, Big Band era singer, lived in Cudahy for a time as a child.
  • John Navarre, NFL quarterback
  • Sherman R. Sobocinski, Wisconsin legislator
  • George C. Windrow, Wisconsin legislator
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