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Location of Weyauwega in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.
Location of Weyauwega in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.
Weyauwega is located in Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Waupaca
 • Total 1.66 sq mi (4.30 km2)
 • Land 1.54 sq mi (3.98 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.32 km2)
 • Total 1,900
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,146.48/sq mi (442.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-86400
City hall in downtown Weyauwega
Gerold Opera House Weyauwega, Wisconsin
George Gerold Opera House, Home of Wega Arts
Tower at park

Weyauwega is a city in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,900 at the 2010 census. The city is located mostly within the Town of Weyauwega, though it is politically independent of the town. Small portions extend north into the adjacent Town of Royalton. The city is commonly referred to as "Wega" by local residents. The name "Weyauwega" ( wy-ə-WEE-gə) means "Here we rest" because the town's origin was a stopping/resting point between two rivers when Native Americans had to portage their canoes. A fur trader built a small building at the location, from which the town later grew.


Weyauwega is located at 44°19′N 88°56′W / 44.317°N 88.933°W / 44.317; -88.933 (44.322, -88.933).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.71 square miles (4.43 km2), of which, 1.58 square miles (4.09 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 722
1890 706 −2.2%
1900 911 29.0%
1910 967 6.1%
1920 938 −3.0%
1930 1,067 13.8%
1940 1,173 9.9%
1950 1,207 2.9%
1960 1,239 2.7%
1970 1,377 11.1%
1980 1,549 12.5%
1990 1,665 7.5%
2000 1,806 8.5%
2010 1,900 5.2%
2019 (est.) 1,761 −7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,900 people, 746 households, and 473 families living in the city. The population density was 1,202.5 inhabitants per square mile (464.3/km2). There were 815 housing units at an average density of 515.8 per square mile (199.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.1% of the population.

There were 746 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 38.2 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.


Weyauwega is located on Wisconsin Highway 110. U.S. Route 10 and Wisconsin Highway 49 are located just south and west of the city. The Yellowstone Trail ran through the city, and its former route is denoted by signs through the downtown and northern portions of the city.


Weyauwega is served by the Weyauwega-Fremont School District, which has an enrollment of about 963 students. The district has a high school, a middle school, and two elementary schools, one in Weyauwega and another in nearby Fremont, Wisconsin.

St. Peter Lutheran School is a 3K-8 grade school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Weyauwega.

Notable people

  • Albert V. Balch, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Lyman E. Barnes, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • Benjamin P. Birdsall, U.S. Representative from Iowa
  • Robert Bloch, Author of the 1959 novel Psycho
  • Mark Block, Chief of Staff for the Herman Cain 2012 presidential campaign
  • Eliada W. Brown, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • George de Rue Meiklejohn, U.S. Representative from Nebraska
  • Sona (Hunter) Mehring, Founder of CaringBridge
  • George S. Merry, South Dakota State Representative
  • William E. Merry, South Dakota state legislator
  • Hallie H. Rowe, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
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