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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
Location of Mukwonago in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Location of Mukwonago in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 42°53′8″N 88°22′5″W / 42.88556°N 88.36806°W / 42.88556; -88.36806Coordinates: 42°53′8″N 88°22′5″W / 42.88556°N 88.36806°W / 42.88556; -88.36806
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Waukesha, Walworth
Area
 • Total 8.22 sq mi (21.30 km2)
 • Land 8.03 sq mi (20.79 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.51 km2)
Elevation
978 ft (298 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,355
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,057
 • Density 1,003.74/sq mi (387.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip code
53149
Area code(s) 262 Exchange: 363
FIPS code 55-55075
GNIS feature ID 1570017
Mukwonago Water tower 6-2019
Mukwonago Water Tower in the process of being re-painted (2019)

Mukwonago is a village in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 7,355 at the 2010 census. The village is located mostly within the Town of Mukwonago in Waukesha County, with a small portion extending into the Town of East Troy in Walworth County. Of its population, 7,254 are in Waukesha County and 101 are in Walworth County.

History

The area was originally a Native American village and the tribal seat of the Bear Clan of the Potawatomi Indians. The name "Mukwonago" is derived from "mequanego" which translates to bear's den. The spelling "Mukwonago" was adopted in 1844 because of the similarity to nearby Mequon. Many of the streets and roads are named after the city's founders, such as Ira Blood, Major Jessie Meacham. Sewall Andrews, and Thomas Sugden.

Geography

Mukwonago is located at 42°51′52″N 88°19′50″W / 42.864557°N 88.330619°W / 42.864557; -88.330619 (42.864557, -88.330619).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.11 square miles (21.00 km2), of which, 7.90 square miles (20.46 km2) of it is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) is water.

It is situated at the southwestern flank of the sprawling Vernon Marsh, and encircles Upper and Lower Phantom Lake(s). The lakes lie midway along the Mukwonago River from its source springs to its meeting with the Fox River, which travels further southeast through Big Bend and beyond.

Climate

Mukwonago has a humid continental climate.

Climate data for Mukwonago, Wisconsin (all dates)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14.4)
66
(18.9)
82
(27.8)
91
(32.8)
93
(33.9)
100
(37.8)
109
(42.8)
101
(38.3)
101
(38.3)
88
(31.1)
77
(25)
68
(20)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 28
(-2.2)
32
(0)
43
(6.1)
56
(13.3)
68
(20)
78
(25.6)
82
(27.8)
80
(26.7)
73
(22.8)
60
(15.6)
45
(7.2)
32
(0)
56.4
(13.56)
Source: http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/53149

Demographics

Upper Phantom Lake, Mukwonago, WI
Upper Phantom Lake, Looking southwest. Photo taken in late August.
I43atWis83
Interstate 43 at Mukwonago
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 239
1890 356 49.0%
1910 615
1920 697 13.3%
1930 846 21.4%
1940 855 1.1%
1950 1,207 41.2%
1960 1,877 55.5%
1970 2,367 26.1%
1980 4,014 69.6%
1990 4,464 11.2%
2000 6,162 38.0%
2010 7,355 19.4%
2019 (est.) 8,057 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 7,355 people, 2,923 households, and 2,003 families living in the village. The population density was 931.0 inhabitants per square mile (359.5/km2). There were 3,104 housing units at an average density of 392.9 per square mile (151.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2%.

Of the 2,923 households 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.6% of households were one person and 10.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the village was 37.9 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

Education

The public schools serving Mukwonago are Mukwonago High School, Park View Middle School, Rolling Hills Elementary, Section Elementary, Big Bend Elementary, Eagleville Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Clarendon Avenue Elementary, and Norris Academy.

Private schools include Mukwonago Baptist Academy, and St. John's Lutheran School.

Notable people

  • Marvin H. Bovee, politician
  • Matthias J. Bovee, politician
  • Timothy T. Cronin, attorney and politician
  • James H. Elmore, politician
  • Scott Jensen, politician
  • Cody Horlacher, politician
  • Laurel E. Youmans, politician
  • Joseph Bond, politician
  • Glenn Robert Davis, politician
  • George Augustus Ray, politician
  • Cadwallader Jackson Wiltse, politician
  • Eugene W. Chafin, politician and writer
  • Brad Schimel, politician and lawyer
  • John M. Barlow, politician and businessman
  • Nick Pearson, Olympic speedskater 2002 & 2010 Winter Games
  • Mary Beth Iagorashvili, Olympic pentathlete 2000 & 2004 Summer Games
  • Fred Thomas (third baseman), MLB player for the Boston Red Sox
  • A.J. Vukovich, Pro baseball player in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization
  • Eric Szmanda, actor, CSI
  • Mark Lambrecht, winner of the 5th season of The Mole (American TV series)
  • Angie Jakusz, contestant on Survivor: Palau
  • John J. Van Buren, United States Navy
  • Paul Stender, best known for designing, building and driving some of the most extreme and fastest Jet/Turbine Engine powered land vehicles in the world.
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