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Waunakee, Wisconsin
Downtown Waunakee on Wisconsin Highway 19
Downtown Waunakee on Wisconsin Highway 19
The Only Waunakee in the World
Location of Waunakee in Dane County, Wisconsin
Location of Waunakee in Dane County, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Dane
 • Type Village Board
 • Total 7.17 sq mi (18.58 km2)
 • Land 7.17 sq mi (18.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
928 ft (283 m)
 • Total 14,879
 • Density 1,959.83/sq mi (756.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-84350
GNIS feature ID 1576318
Welcome sign for Waunakee

Waunakee is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 14,879 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Waunakee bills itself as "The Only Waunakee in the World."


Waunakee is located at 43°11′14″N 89°27′8″W / 43.18722°N 89.45222°W / 43.18722; -89.45222 (43.187253, -89.452244).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.39 square miles (16.55 km2), of which, 6.38 square miles (16.52 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 279
1890 312 11.8%
1900 443 42.0%
1910 550 24.2%
1920 560 1.8%
1930 640 14.3%
1940 773 20.8%
1950 1,042 34.8%
1960 1,611 54.6%
1970 2,181 35.4%
1980 3,866 77.3%
1990 5,897 52.5%
2000 8,995 52.5%
2010 12,097 34.5%
2020 14,879 23.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,097 people, 4,344 households, and 3,316 families living in the village. The population density was 1,896.1 inhabitants per square mile (732.1/km2). There were 4,483 housing units at an average density of 702.7 per square mile (271.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.8% White, 1.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 4,344 households, of which 45.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.7% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the village was 37.9 years. 31.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 9.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.


Major highways


The Waunakee Airport (FAA ID 6P3) is a privately owned general aviation airport 1-mile (1.6 km) south of the village center. A number of homes are located along the runway, and many have hangars, allowing the airport to function as an airpark.

Commercial air service is provided by Dane County Regional Airport.


A Wisconsin and Southern railroad line runs through town en route to Dane, Lodi, Baraboo, and Reedsburg.


Waunakee added a local Village Center in 2006 that acts as a central nucleus for the community by offering a fitness center, senior center, meeting rooms, and a gymnasium. The Waunakee Business Park is a 160-acre (0.65 km2) business park development that hosts large and small business operations. Recent years have seen two redevelopments and two new apartment buildings on Main Street, a reconstruction and new streetscape on both Main Street and Century Avenue, a mural on the Waunakee Furniture building, and annual public art displays.

A major employer in the village is Scientific Protein Laboratories.


Waunakee is served by the Waunakee Community School District, whose schools include:

  • Arboretum Elementary School (serves eastern/southeastern part of school district)
  • Heritage Elementary School (serves southern and central part of school district)
  • Prairie Elementary School (serves northern and western part of school district)
  • Waunakee Intermediate School
  • Waunakee Community Middle School
  • Waunakee Community High School

The three public elementary schools serve students from kindergarten through 4th grade, the intermediate school 5th and 6th grades, the middle school 7th and 8th grades, and the high school grades 9 through 12.

Private schools include St. John the Baptist Catholic School and Madison Country Day School.

Warrior Stadium is the home of the high school lacrosse, football and track teams. It consists of a synthetic turf field.

Notable people

  • Martha Bablitch, Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals; lived in Waunakee
  • John Bennett, 1956 Summer Olympics long jump silver medalist; lived in Waunakee
  • Ernest J. Briskey, Vice President, Technical and Administration of Campbell Soup Company; Dean of Agricultural Science of Oregon State University; lived in Waunakee
  • Ron Dayne, Heisman Trophy winner (1999), College Football Hall of Famer, NFL player; lived in Waunakee
  • Bernice Fitz-Gibbon, advertising executive; born outside of Waunakee
  • Edward E. Fitzgibbon, Wisconsin State Representative; born and lived outside of Waunakee
  • Pat Ford, ice hockey player; lives in Waunakee
  • Lawrence Johnson, NFL cornerback; lives in Waunakee
  • Kenneth A. Koon, Army National Guard general; native of Waunakee
  • Mike Moh, martial artist/actor; lives in Waunakee
  • David D. O'Malley, Wisconsin State Representative; lived in Waunakee
  • Cy Pieh, Major League Baseball player; born in Waunakee
  • Robert Campbell Reeve, founder of Reeve Aleutian Airways; born in Waunakee
  • Jack Salzwedel, chairman and CEO of American Family Insurance; lives in Waunakee
  • Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin Badgers women's volleyball coach; lives in Waunakee
  • Georgia Thompson, civil servant; lived in Waunakee
  • J.B. Van Hollen, former Attorney General of Wisconsin; lives in Waunakee

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