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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Location of Sheboygan Falls in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.
Location of Sheboygan Falls in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.
Former Name Town of Rochester
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Counties Sheboygan
Surrounding Towns Sheboygan, Kohler, Plymouth, Howards Grove, Oostburg
Settled 1835
Incorporated 1913
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 5.53 sq mi (14.33 km2)
 • Land 5.39 sq mi (13.97 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
659 ft (200 m)
 • Total 8,210
 • Density 1,484.6/sq mi (572.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-73025
Welcome sign
The intersection of County Highway PP and WIS-32

Sheboygan Falls is a city in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. Its population was 8,210 at the 2020 census. The city's downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the first Main Street Community in Wisconsin. The city is part of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Sheboygan Falls is located at 43°44′N 87°49′W / 43.733°N 87.817°W / 43.733; -87.817 (43.730, -87.821), along the Sheboygan River between its confluences with the Mullet and Onion Rivers. Rapids and a dam, which once supplied hydroelectric energy, prohibit most water transportation through the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.41 square miles (14.01 km2), of which, 5.28 square miles (13.68 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,174
1880 1,148 −2.2%
1890 1,118 −2.6%
1900 1,301 16.4%
1910 1,630 25.3%
1920 2,002 22.8%
1930 2,934 46.6%
1940 3,395 15.7%
1950 3,599 6.0%
1960 4,061 12.8%
1970 4,771 17.5%
1980 5,253 10.1%
1990 5,823 10.9%
2000 6,772 16.3%
2010 7,775 14.8%
2020 8,210 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,775 people, 3,480 households, and 2,152 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,472.5 inhabitants per square mile (568.5/km2). There were 3,681 housing units at an average density of 697.2 per square mile (269.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 3,480 households, of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.



The City of Sheboygan Falls is located along State Highways 23, 28, and 32. The free-way style four-lane Highway 23 connects the community with Interstate 43 located less than five miles east of Sheboygan Falls.


A single-track railroad branch line between Plymouth and Sheboygan runs through the city. Built by the Chicago & North Western (C&NW) Railroad, the track originally paralleled the electric interurban Wisconsin Power & Light line which terminated at Elkhart Lake. In later years it was primarily a freight line for the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, and Union Pacific after UP acquired the C&NW in 1995. In 2006, citing low demand and degraded infrastructure, Union Pacific announced plans to abandon the line west of the Kohler Company factory in Kohler, thus terminating all service to Sheboygan Falls. In 2009, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation purchased the Plymouth-Sheboygan Falls portion of the line from Union Pacific, with the intent of repairing the long dormant line to allow the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad to provide restored service to Sheboygan Falls.

The track through downtown Sheboygan Falls has been of interest to railfans because of a number of interesting features, including an iron trestle over the Sheboygan River, a small section of street running where the line runs at grade along city streets, and antiquated "wig-wag" signals at several crossings. Many of these features have been threatened because of the Union Pacific's abandonment of the line; the trestle has been barricaded and parts of the tracks leading to it have been removed, and plans to restore the line for the resumption of service will require crossing signals to be upgraded. Wig wag signals have already been removed.

Bike Trails

Sheboygan County, the only county in Wisconsin designated a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists, has built nearly 39 miles of off street bike trails and dozens of miles on on-street trails. The 17 mile Old Plank Road Trail runs from Sheboygan through Sheboygan Falls to Glenbeulah, WI. This trail doubles as a snowmobile trail in Winter.


Sheboygan Falls is served by the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (KSBM), which is located several miles north of the city. KSBM is the 7th busiest airport in Wisconsin with no commercial travel. The 700+ daily flight operations are primarily business travel. KSBM is capable of landing a 98,000 lbs. aircraft or a Boeing 737 with the longest concrete runway 6,800 feet long. The airport has fixed base operator with several private, industrial and commercial lots available for development.


  • Ducktona 500 - Antique car show and 3,000 plastic ducks race down the Sheboygan River for cash prizes.
  • Golf
  • Camping

Civic organizations

  • Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club
  • Sheboygan Falls Lions Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County
  • Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149
  • Workbound, Inc.


The City of Sheboygan Falls strives to be proactive in planning for growth, while preserving its historic heritage for future generations in a friendly, safe, family environment. The City of Sheboygan Falls seeks residential, commercial, and industrial growth that maintains a high quality of life for all.

Downtown Historic District

Looking southeast in the Sheboygan Historic District in downtown Sheboygan Falls, October 2008

Sheboygan Falls is home to a nationally recognized downtown historic district, which promotes a mix of retail, office and service uses. The downtown is the jewel of the community which houses pedestrian network connecting neighborhoods, schools, parks and commercial areas. Tourism plays an increasing role in the downtown success with many destination retail businesses.

Major employers

  • Bemis Manufacturing Company is the world's largest toilet seat manufacturer and a leading manufacturer of engineered plastics. Its headquarters is in Sheboygan Falls and it is the county's second largest employer.
  • Richardson Industries is the longest running, privately held company in Wisconsin. Headquartered in Sheboygan Falls, they produce many wood products such as roof trusses, kitchen and bath products and yacht interiors.
  • Curt G. Joa is an innovative manufacturer of paper converting product machinery.
  • PolyVinyl Co. is headquartered in Sheboygan Falls. The company manufactures custom extrusions and color guard railing systems.
  • Rockline Industries, headquartered in nearby Sheboygan, WI, has a distribution and co-packaging operation in Sheboygan Falls. Rockline Industries is a leading manufacturer in coffee filters and wet wipes.
  • Johnsonville Sausage is a few miles to the north of Sheboygan Falls and is the largest producer of sausage in the United States.

Business parks

There are two business parks in Sheboygan Falls: Sheboygan Falls Industrial Park, which is privately owned and fully developed, is located about 1 mile from State Highway 23. Vision Business Park has 70 city-owned acres available for development. The park is located less than one mile from State Highway 23, on County Highways C and TT.


Wisconsin in open-enrollment state. This means that families can send their students to any public school, regardless if they live in the district. The community is served by the public system of the School District of Sheboygan Falls, which accomplished a 99.3% high school graduation rate, one of the highest in the nation. The system has three schools consisting of an elementary school, (grades 4k-4), middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) serving approximately 1,700 students. The district has received awards for its use in social media and newsletters to communicate with parents. The district does have summer school offerings for students who want to learn year round.

Elementary school

The elementary school is designated a Student Achievement Guarantee in Education school, which guarantees class sizes of 19 students or fewer.

Middle school

With 500 students, the middle schools offer several tracks for those who learn at different paces. The school has programs in the arts, including drama and music clubs.

Private schools

Families preferring private school education attend schools in Sheboygan, including Sheboygan County Christian High School and Sheboygan Lutheran High School; the city's Catholic school, St. Mary, closed in 2013 due to declining enrollment.

Notable people

  • Herman E. Boldt, Wisconsin State Senator
  • George H. Brickner, U.S. Representative
  • Jedediah Brown, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Emery Crosby, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Marsena E. Cutts, politician
  • Brian Donlevy, Irish-born actor
  • George S. Graves, Wisconsin State Representative
  • David Giddings, businessman, engineer, territorial legislator
  • Martin O. Galaway, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Harold F. Huibregtse, Wisconsin State Senator
  • Rick Majerus, college basketball coach
  • Louis H. Prange, Wisconsin State Senator
  • Hiram N. Smith, Wisconsin State Representative
  • George W. Spratt, Wisconsin State Representative
  • John E. Thomas, Wisconsin State Senator
  • Alfred Verhulst, U.S. Air Force general
  • Charles H. Weisse, U.S. Representative
  • Weldon Wyckoff, MLB player

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