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Dousman, Wisconsin
Village
Looking west at Dousman
Looking west at Dousman
Location of Dousman in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Location of Dousman in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Waukesha
Settled May 6, 1882
Area
 • Total 2.77 sq mi (7.17 km2)
 • Land 2.63 sq mi (6.82 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
Elevation
866 ft (264 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,302
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,328
 • Density 884.50/sq mi (341.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
53118
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-20550
GNIS feature ID 1564086

Dousman is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,302 at the 2010 census.

History

A post office called Dousman has been in operation since 1856. Founded in 1881, the village was named for Talbot C. Dousman, a local farmer and businessman who helped bring the Chicago and North Western railroad to the area. The village was incorporated in 1917.

The village was at one time called "Bullfrog Station" because of the numerous bullfrogs in the area. The local baseball team is still called the Dousman Frogs and an annual frog jumping competition takes place during Dousman's Derby Days.

Geography

Dousman is located at 43°0′53″N 88°28′21″W / 43.01472°N 88.47250°W / 43.01472; -88.47250 (43.014801, -88.472564).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.68 square miles (6.94 km2), of which, 2.58 square miles (6.68 km2) of it is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

The Glacial Drumlin State Trail, a 47-mile long hiking-biking-snowmobile trail that runs east-west between the towns of Cottage Grove and Waukesha, passes through the middle of Dousman. The trail is on the former roadbed of the Chicago & North Western Railway.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 235
1930 256 8.9%
1940 272 6.3%
1950 328 20.6%
1960 410 25.0%
1970 451 10.0%
1980 1,153 155.7%
1990 1,277 10.8%
2000 1,584 24.0%
2010 2,302 45.3%
2019 (est.) 2,328 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

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Entering Dousman looking west

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,302 people, 905 households, and 585 families living in the village. The population density was 892.2 inhabitants per square mile (344.5/km2). There were 975 housing units at an average density of 377.9 per square mile (145.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.8% White, 0.7% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 905 households, of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the village was 40.9 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 18.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.

Education

  • Dousman Elementary School, public grade school
  • Kettle Moraine Middle School, public middle school
  • Lad Lake, residential treatment center
  • St. Bruno Private School

Notable residents

  • Brianna Decker, ice hockey player & Olympic gold medalist, member of the gold medal-winning United States Women's national Hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics
  • J. H. Smith, politician and pioneer

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