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Shorewood, Wisconsin
The Shorewood Village Hall
Location of Shorewood in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Location of Shorewood in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 43°5′31″N 87°53′11″W / 43.09194°N 87.88639°W / 43.09194; -87.88639Coordinates: 43°5′31″N 87°53′11″W / 43.09194°N 87.88639°W / 43.09194; -87.88639
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
 • Total 1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)
 • Land 1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
679 ft (207 m)
 • Total 13,859
 • Density 8,716/sq mi (3,350/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 414
FIPS code 55-73725
GNIS feature ID 1574071

Shorewood is a village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 13,859 at the 2020 census.


Shorewood is located at 43°05′31″N 87°53′11″W / 43.092061°N 87.886333°W / 43.092061; -87.886333 (43.092061, -87.886333).

Nestled between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, Shorewood is bordered by the City of Milwaukee to the south and west and Whitefish Bay to the north. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.59 square miles (4.12 km2), all of it land.


Shorewood originally seceded from the Town of Milwaukee in 1900 and was known as East Milwaukee until changing to its present name in 1917.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 707
1920 2,650 274.8%
1930 13,479 408.6%
1940 15,184 12.6%
1950 16,199 6.7%
1960 15,990 −1.3%
1970 15,576 −2.6%
1980 14,327 −8.0%
1990 14,116 −1.5%
2000 13,763 −2.5%
2010 13,162 −4.4%
2020 13,859 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 13,162 people, 6,381 households, and 3,109 families living in the village. The population density was 8,278.0 inhabitants per square mile (3,196.2/km2). There were 6,750 housing units at an average density of 4,245.3 per square mile (1,639.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 88.1% White, 2.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 5.6% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 6,381 households, of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 51.3% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the village was 37.2 years. 19.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 13% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

Landmarks and notable buildings

  • Benjamin Church House (also known as Kilbourntown House) — The one-story Greek Revival house was built in 1844 for his family by Benjamin F. Church, a pioneer builder from New York, on N. Fourth Street in the Kilbourntown settlement. In 1938, after significant preservation efforts, the house was moved from its original site to its present location in Estabrook Park in Shorewood. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • Hubbard Park — The wooded, terraced park spanning almost 5 acres (20,000 m2) along the east bank of the Milwaukee River has a colorful history. In its earlier years, the site used for Indian hunting grounds, a resort, a series of amusement parks, fishing shanties, to name a few. It is home to the Hubbard Park Lodge, constructed as a WPA project in 1936. It is also home to Hubbard Park Lodge Restaurant.
  • Shorewood High School campus — The school’s the 19-acre (77,000 m2) campus, built between 1924 and 1938, includes separate buildings for administration, physical education, arts and science, industrial arts, and theater arts. The auditorium was modeled after the RKO Theater in New York City.
  • Shorewood Village Hall — Originally built as a four-room schoolhouse in 1908, the building was purchased in 1916 by the Village of East Milwaukee for use as a village hall. It was extensively remodeled in 1937 with WPA funds, and again in 1985. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
  • WITI TV Tower — Built in 1962, it was once one of the tallest free-standing lattice towers in the world, rising 1,078 feet (329 m).
  • Hayek Pharmacy — Located at 4001 N. Downer Ave, the original interior of the pharmacy was featured on the cover of the Images of America book on Shorewood's historic buildings. It is one of the oldest retail buildings in Shorewood, dating back to the turn of the 20th century.


Shorewood High School Photo Winter
The first building of Shorewood High School's multi-building campus was constructed in 1925.

The Shorewood School District maintains four public schools:

  • Shorewood High School – serving grades 9 through 12
  • Shorewood Intermediate School – serving grades 7 and 8
  • Atwater Elementary School – serving 4K through grade 6
  • Lake Bluff Elementary School – serving 4K through grade 6

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee maintains one Catholic school in Shorewood, St. Robert School, which serves kindergarten through grade 8.

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