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Saukville, Wisconsin
The Milwaukee River in Saukville, Wisconsin
The Milwaukee River in Saukville, Wisconsin
Location of Saukville in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.
Location of Saukville in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 43°24′22″N 87°57′47″W / 43.40611°N 87.96306°W / 43.40611; -87.96306Coordinates: 43°24′22″N 87°57′47″W / 43.40611°N 87.96306°W / 43.40611; -87.96306
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Ozaukee
Settled c. 1845
Incorporated 1915; 107 years ago (1915)
 • Total 3.57 sq mi (9.25 km2)
 • Land 3.52 sq mi (9.12 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
889 ft (271 m)
 • Total 4,451
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,259.02/sq mi (486.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-71725
GNIS feature ID 1573739

Saukville is a village in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. Located on the Milwaukee River with a district along Interstate 43, the community is a suburb in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The population was 4,451 at the 2010 census.

Downtown Saukville was the site of a Native American village at the crossroads of two trails before white settlers arrived in the mid-1840s. In its early years, the community was a stagecoach stop on the road from Milwaukee to Green Bay and also grew as a mill and market town serving the dairy farmers of northwestern Ozaukee County. The village incorporated in 1915 and later in the 20th Century grew into a suburban community with a manufacturing-based economy. As of 2019, more than 40% of the village's jobs were in manufacturing, with the largest employers being a steel mill as well as several foundries and metal fabricators.

The village and the neighboring Town of Saukville are rich in biodiverse bogs and coniferous swamps, the largest of which is the 2,200-acre Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area. The area's bogs are a habitat for endangered species, many types of birds, and carnivorous plants. Among other landforms, the Cedarburg Bog contains a string bog — a geographic feature that seldom occurs as far south as Wisconsin — which contains many plant species rarely seen outside remote parts of Canada.


Saukville is located at 43°22′52″N 87°56′40″W / 43.38111°N 87.94444°W / 43.38111; -87.94444 (43.38137, −87.944578).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.85 square miles (9.97 km2), of which, 3.80 square miles (9.84 km2) of it is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.


Saukville was established on April 4, 1848 along the Milwaukee River. Previously, it was part of the old Port Washington area. Settlers began living in the area as early as 1845 and 1846. Before the white settlers came to the Saukville, the area was inhabited by the Native Americans, including the Sauk tribe.

Some of the first settlers to Saukville were: Lott Blanchard, George C. Daniels, Joseph Fischbein, William Foster, Joseph Fowler, Stephen McIntosh, William Payne, Lemuel Sezer, Jonathan Tibetts and E. Wadsworth.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 330
1930 399 20.9%
1940 431 8.0%
1950 699 62.2%
1960 1,038 48.5%
1970 1,389 33.8%
1980 3,494 151.5%
1990 3,695 5.8%
2000 4,068 10.1%
2010 4,451 9.4%
2019 (est.) 4,433 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,451 people, 1,766 households, and 1,208 families living in the village. The population density was 1,171.3 inhabitants per square mile (452.2/km2). There were 1,848 housing units at an average density of 486.3 per square mile (187.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 1,766 households, of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.6% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the village was 36.7 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.


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A grain elevator near the railroad in Saukville.
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As of 2019, Charter Steel was the largest employer in Saukville.

Saukville's early economy was primarily agricultural, and the first major businesses were hydropowered mills on the Milwaukee River as well as other businesses that served the local farmers. In the late 19th century and into the 20th century, dairy farming was a major industry in the Saukville area. As the village grew in the 20th century, the local economy diversified. As of 2019, manufacturing accounted for over 40% of local jobs, with three of the village's largest employers being metal manufacturers. Many of the village's manufacturers are located in the Dekora Woods Business and Industrial Park in north-central Saukville, west of Interstate 43.

Largest Employers in Saukville, 2019
Rank Employer Industry Employees
1 Charter Steel Iron, steel, and ferroalloy mill 500-999
2 Johnson Brass & Machine Foundry Inc. Non-ferrous metal foundry 100-249
3 Sauk Technologies Fabricated metal manufacturing 100-249
4 Walmart Retail 100-249
5 YMCA Civic and social organization 100-249
6 Jeneil Biotech Inc. Spice and extract manufacturing 50-99
7 Oldenburg Metal Tech Tool, die, and machining manufacturing 50-99
8 Pope Scientific Industrial machine manufacturing 50-99
9 Piggly Wiggly Retail (Grocery) 50-99
10 Eric von Schledorn Chevrolet Buick Retail (car dealership) 50-99


Saukville is served by the joint Port Washington-Saukville School District. Students attend Saukville Elementary School for kindergarten through fourth grade, Thomas Jefferson Middle School for fifth through eighth grades, and Port Washington High School for ninth through twelfth grades.

The district is governed by a nine-member elected school board, which meets on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, 100 W. Monroe Street, Port Washington. The district also has a full-time superintendent: Michael R. Weber.

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Field Station is a 320-acre nature preserve and laboratory adjacent to the Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area, west of the village. The field station grounds and laboratories are not open to the general public, but are used by university students and faculty to conduct biological and ecological research.


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The Canadian National Railway picks up cars laden with steel products at the Charter Steel plant.
A steel truss railway bridge spans the Milwaukee River in Saukville.

Interstate 43 passes through eastern Saukville with access via Exit 96. The junction of Interstate 43 and Wisconsin Highway 57 is located at the village's northeastern municipal boundary.

Saukville has limited public transit compared with larger cities. Ozaukee County and the Milwaukee County Transit System run the Route 143 commuter bus, also known as the "Ozaukee County Express," to Milwaukee via Interstate 43. The bus stops in the Saukville Walmart parking lot, near I-43 Exit 96. The stop is the route's northern terminus. The bus operates Monday through Friday with limited hours corresponding to peak commute times. Ozaukee County Transit Services' Shared Ride Taxi is the public transit option for traveling to sites not directly accessible from the interstate. The taxis operate seven days a week and make connections to Washington County Transit and Milwaukee County Routes 12, 49 and 42u.

One freight rail line passes through the village. Heading south from Saukville, the line is operated by the Wisconsin Central Ltd. railroad, a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway. Heading north from Saukville, the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad operates the line. The village currently does not have a passenger train station.

Notable people

  • Robert Brooks, Wisconsin State Representative and businessman
  • Tom Uttech, artist

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