Mequon City Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
|• Mayor||Dan Abendroth|
|• Total||48.77 sq mi (126.31 km2)|
|• Land||46.28 sq mi (119.86 km2)|
|• Water||2.49 sq mi (6.45 km2)|
|Elevation||669 ft (204 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||23,225|
|• Density||499.8/sq mi (193.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP code||53092 and 53097|
|GNIS feature ID||1569354|
The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans; by the early 19th century, the Potawatomi occupied land west of the Milwaukee River, while the Menominee lived between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. European trappers, explorers and traders used the Milwaukee River through the middle of what is now Mequon as a means of transportation. The name "Mequon" is thought to have come from the Native-American word "Emikwaan" or "Miguan," meaning ladle, referring to the shape of the river in the area. The spelling was probably influenced by the French in the area at the time.
Between 1834 and 1836, a surveyor named Brink, along with his assistant Mr. Follett, surveyed the land to create the Town of Mequon. Around this time, settlers came from New York and England, soon followed by German and Irish immigrants. In 1839, a group of immigrants from Saxony settled near the Milwaukee River. In the same year, twenty families from Pomerania founded Freistadt (German: Free city) in the western part of the Town of Mequon. The first Lutheran church in Wisconsin was built by these families in 1840.
John Weston served as the first postmaster of the Town of Mequon, having settled in present-day Thiensville in 1837. He later sold his holdings to John Henry Thien. Thien, a wealthy immigrant from Saxony, had traveled north from Milwaukee and settled along the Milwaukee River, where his family built a dam and grist mill. Thien hosted the first town meeting for the Town of Mequon in 1846. The area around his estate, one square mile in the middle of the Town of Mequon, was later incorporated as the village of Thiensville in 1910. The Town of Mequon was incorporated as a city in 1957.
Mequon is located at  lying along the western shore of Lake Michigan. It is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Though much of the population lives in residential areas, approximately half of the land within the city's boundaries is undeveloped or farmed.(43.224243, −87.960094), about 15 miles (24 km) north of Milwaukee,
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 48.77 square miles (126.31 km2), of which, 46.28 square miles (119.86 km2) is land and 2.49 square miles (6.45 km2) is water. As of 2005, Mequon was the third-largest city in terms of land area in the state of Wisconsin.
The community was founded in October 1839 by 20 German families who immigrated to the United States to escape religious persecution. The community was home to the first Lutheran church in Wisconsin. In 1845, the synod, later known as the Lutheran Buffalo Synod, was organized here. (Through mergers the Buffalo Synod became a part of the American Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). The church in Freistadt became a part of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 1848.
Mequon experiences four distinct seasons, with variation in precipitation and temperature being very wide. The overall climate of the city is moderated by nearby Lake Michigan, which causes temperatures to be cooler in summer and especially spring, and which keeps overnight temperatures warmer in winter. In March and April, the temperature in Mequon can be 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 8 degrees Celsius) cooler than temperatures in towns just 15 miles (25 kilometers) further from the lake. In December and January, the effect is reversed, with temperatures in inland towns falling much lower.
In Mequon, the warmest month of the year is July, when the high temperature averages 81°F (27°C), with low temperatures of approximately 59°F (15°C). June and July are the wettest months of the year, with the majority of rain falling in short-lived thunderstorms. January is the coldest month in Mequon, with average high temperatures averaging only 27°F (-15°C), and lows averaging 11°F (-26°C). February is the driest month, with almost all precipitation falling in the form of snow. In an average winter, 47.0 in (1.3m) of snow falls. The city's proximity to Lake Michigan often increases the snow received by the city. Most of the city's snowfall comes from systems such as Alberta clippers and Panhandle hooks.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Mequon was 105°F (41°C) on July 24, 1935, and again on July 17, 1995. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city was -40°F (-40°C), on January 17, 1982, also known as Cold Sunday.
|Climate data for Mequon, Wisconsin|
|Average high °F (°C)||27
|Average low °F (°C)||11
|Precipitation inches (mm)||1.60
|Source: The Weather Channel|
As of the census of 2010, there were 23,132 people, 8,598 households, and 6,561 families residing in the city. The population density was 499.8 inhabitants per square mile (193.0 /km2). There were 9,145 housing units at an average density of 197.6 per square mile (76.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 2.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.
There were 8,598 households of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.7% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the city was 45.9 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.2% were from 25 to 44; 34.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.
U.S. Census Bureau estimated the median income for a household in the city in 2009-2011 to be $106,647, and the median income for a family to be $124,422. The per capita income for the city estimated at $64,530. About 1.2% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over. During the same period, the median household value for Mequon was estimated at $357,200.
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,823 people, 7,861 households, and 6,406 families residing in the city. The population density was 472.5 people per square mile (182.5/km²). There were 8,162 housing units at an average density of 176.7 per square mile (68.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.16% White, 2.25% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.
There were 7,861 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.8% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $90,733, and the median income for a family was $101,793 (These figures had risen to $97,797 and $113,265, respectively, as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $72,762 versus $40,280 for females. The per capita income for the city was $48,333. About 1.3% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.
Since its incorporation in 1957, Mequon has had a mayor-council form of government. The mayor is elected for a three-year term. Dan Abendroth has been the mayor since 2013. Aldermen are elected to the Common Council from eight aldermanic districts.
|1957||1965||Carl F. Wilbert|
|1971||1977||Thomas P. Leisle|
|1986||1992||Constance "Connie" Pukaite|
Most of Mequon is served by the Mequon-Thiensville School District, although six square miles in the far northwest is served by the Cedarburg School District. Three elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, Homestead High School, are part of the Mequon-Thiensville School District. In 2009, Homestead was ranked by BusinessWeek magazine as the state's top high school.
Parks and recreation
Mequon contains more than two dozen parks and hundreds of acres[clarification needed] of community parks and nature preserves operated by the city, and some operated by the county. The Ozaukee Interurban Trail runs for 5.85 miles (9.41 km) south to north through the city. The Mequon-Thiensville Recreation Department conducts classes and programs for children and adults.
- Garrison's Glen: 22 acres (0.09 km2) Neighborhood park on Pioneer Road near the Milwaukee River. Contains walking trail and canoe launch.
- Grasslyn Nature Preserve: 15 acres (0.06 km2) Nature preserve in the southeast of the city. Contains a walking trail and prairie area.
- Highland Woods: 85 acres (0.34 km2) Nature preserve on Green Bay Road north of Thiensville. Contains a walking trail and forest.
- Katherine Kearney Carpenter Park: 35 acres (0.14 km2) Dog walking park in southeastern Mequon. Contains walking trail.
- Lemke Park: 41 acres (0.17 km2) Neighborhood park in southwestern Mequon. Contains playground, picnic tables, archery range, soccer fields, volleyball court, baseball diamond.
- Lilly Lane Nature Preserve: 12 acres (0.05 km2) Nature preserve in southern Mequon. Contains walking trail.
- Little Menomonee Site: 20 acres (0.08 km2) Nature preserve in western Mequon, along the Little Menomonee River
- Mequon Community Park: 16 acres (0.06 km2) Community park just south of Thiensville. Contains swimming pool, baseball diamond, picnic area, playground, and access to the Ozaukee Interurban Trail.
- Mequon Nature Preserve: 408 acres (1.65 km2) Nature preserve in southwestern Mequon. Contains walking trails, education centers, woodland, and observation tower.
- Prinz Site: 10 acres (0.04 km2) Nature preserve north of Thiensville.
- River Barn Park: 37 acres (0.15 km2) Community park in southern Mequon along the Milwaukee River. Contains baseball, soccer, and football fields and a playground.
- River Forest Nature Preserve: 62 acres (0.25 km2) Nature preserve in central Mequon along the Milwaukee River. Contains walking trail.
- Riverview Park: 20 acres (0.08 km2) Neighborhood park in central Mequon along the Milwaukee River. Contains bridge, canoe launch, playground, walking trail, and baseball diamond.
- Rotary Park: 75 acres (0.30 km2) Community park in northern Mequon. Contains basketball court, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, fishing ponds, and walking paths. Also contains Pukaite Woods which contains a handicapped accessible nature trail.
- Scout Park: 12 acres (0.05 km2) Nature preserve in eastern Mequon along the Milwaukee River. Contains a walking trail and river access.
- Settlers Park: 1.2 acres (0.00 km2) Historical park just south of Thiensville along the Milwaukee River. Contains a historic building and walking trail.
- Shoreland Nature Preserve: 19 acres (0.08 km2) Nature preserve in northeastern Mequon along the Milwaukee River. Contains walking trials.
- Swan Road Prairie: 20 acres (0.08 km2) Nature preserve in southwestern Mequon.
- Trinity Creek Wetland Habitat: 35 acres (0.14 km2) Wetland park in southern Mequon. Contains walking trails and educational facility.
- Villa Grove Park: 5 acres (0.02 km2) Community park east of Thiensville along Milwaukee River. Contains picnic tables and boat launch.
- Willow Bay Nature Preserve: 22 acres (0.09 km2) Nature preserve in northeastern Mequon along the Milwaukee River.
Ozaukee County parks
- Mee-Kwon Park: County park in northern Mequon. Contains public golf course, sledding hill and fishing pond.
- Virmond Park: 63 acres (0.25 km2) County park in eastern Mequon on Lake Michigan. Contains volleyball and tennis courts, baseball diamond, soccer field, picnic area.
Notable natives and residents
- Ronald D. Asmus, grew up in Mequon and graduated from Homestead High School.
- Jack Harbaugh, former AFL player, coach and father of Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh lives in Mequon with his wife Jackie.
- Halle Berry, Academy Award-winning actress, and Eric Benet, musician, owns a house in Mequon
- H. H. Bonniwell, former Minnesota State Senator
- Mike Dunleavy, Jr., professional basketball player, lived in Mequon and attended Homestead High School.
- Peter Goldberg, CEO of Alliance for Children and Families and Families International
- Edward H. Janssen, former Treasurer of Wisconsin
- Coby Karl, basketball player who has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, attended Homestead High School.
- Carl Kiekhaefer, former owner of Mercury Marine, NASCAR team owner
- Margaret S. Lewis, former Wisconsin State Assemblywoman
- Steven D. Loucks, former Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Beezie Madden, equestrian champion and Olympic gold medalist, is originally from Mequon.
- Daron Sutton, Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster, lives in Mequon.
- Balthasar H. Meyer, former United States government official
- Willy Porter, musician, grew up in Mequon, and attended Homestead High School.
- John Ridley, Academy Award winning screenwriter, director, actor, grew up in Mequon, and attended Homestead High School.
- Scott Skiles, former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, lives in Mequon.
- Gregg Steinhafel, CEO of Target Corporation, grew up in Mequon and attended Homestead High School.
- Thomas F. Timlin, former Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- William H. Timlin, former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice
- Arthur J. Balzer, former Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Buzz Williams, former head coach of the Marquette University men's basketball team, lives in Mequon with his family.
- Many notable sports figures have lived in Mequon, including Hank Aaron, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen, Paul Molitor, Quinn Buckner, Sal Bando, George Karl, Peter Mueller, and Bob Lanier
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