Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
|Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin|
Location in the state of Wisconsin
|Former Name||Town of Rochester|
|Surrounding Towns||Sheboygan, Kohler, Plymouth, Howards Grove, Oostburg|
|• Mayor||Randy Meyer|
|• Total||14.01 km2 (5.41 sq mi)|
|• Land||13.68 km2 (5.28 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.34 km2 (0.13 sq mi)|
|Elevation||200 m (659 ft)|
|• Estimate (2012)||7,769|
|• Density||568.5/km2 (1,472.5/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Central (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||Central (UTC-5)|
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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,772 people, 2,745 households, and 1,869 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,658.3 people per square mile (640.9/km²). There were 2,826 housing units at an average density of 692.0 per square mile (267.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.05% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,745 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,205, and the median income for a family was $55,668. Males had a median income of $40,006 versus $25,293 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,456. About 2.6% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
Four lane Highway 23 is the primary east-west route into the city. It lies just north of the city. Interstate 43, located less than five miles east of Sheboygan Falls, is the primary north-south transportation route into the area. Highway 28 is another primary east-west route into the city, and forms part of the south edge of the city. Highway 32 is the primary north-south route into the city, and it routes through downtown Sheboygan Falls. Secondary county highways include Counties PP to the east and C to the west.
Sheboygan Falls is served by the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, which is located several miles from the city.
The Sheboygan River snakes through Sheboygan Falls, and its confluence with the Mullet River and Onion River occurs within the city limits. Rapids and the dam, which once supplied hydroelectric energy, prohibit most water transportation through the city.
A single-track railroad branch line between Plymouth and Sheboygan runs through the city. The track was originally built by the Chicago & North Western (C&NW) Railroad and paralleled the electric interurban Wisconsin Power & Lightline which terminated at Elkhart Lake. In later years it was primarily a freight line served by the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, and later, 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 May 2009, the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation finalized the purchase of 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.
- Sheboygan Falls is home to Richardson's Lumber, who makes wooden furniture and yacht interiors.
- Bemis Manufacturing Company is the world's largest toilet seat manufacturer and a leading manufacturer of engineered plastics.
- Johnsonville Foods is a sausage company located near unincorporated Johnsonville, with a Sheboygan Falls address.
- Poly Vinyl Co. is Headquartered in Sheboygan Falls. Poly Vinyl manufactures custom extrusions and Color Guard Railing Systems.
- Curt G. Joa is a globally leading manufacturer of paper conversion machinery.
- Herman E. Boldt, Wisconsin State Senator
- George H. Brickner, U.S. Representative
- Emery Crosby, Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Marsena E. Cutts, politician
- David Giddings, businessman, engineer, territorial legislator
- Martin O. Galaway, Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Harold F. Huibregtse, Wisconsin State Senator
- Rick Majerus, NBA assistant coach, NCAA College Men's Basketball head coach
- Louis H. Prange, Wisconsin State Senator
- Alfred Verhulst, U.S. Air Force general
- Charles H. Weisse, U.S. Representative.
- Weldon Wyckoff, MLB player
- Randy Meyer, Term Expires 2014
Alderperson - District 1
- Terry Van Engen, Term Expires 2014
- Anne Krauter, Term Expires 2015
Alderperson - District 2
- Randy Messner, Term Expires 2014
- Dan Krueger, Term Expires 2015
Alderperson - District 3
- Dawn Beimel, Term Expires 2014
- Cynthia Hartzheim, Term Expires 2015
- The Sheboygan Falls Police Department maintains a full-time police presence in the city, with an executive staff of 4 and an additional 10 officers in various roles in the community, with a supporting administrative staff.
- The city of Sheboygan Falls maintains a Volunteer Fire Department based at the Municipal Building at 375 Buffalo St.
- Orange Cross Ambulance Station 3 is quartered with the Volunteer Fire Department at the Municipal Building.
- Ducktona 500 - Antique car show and 3,000 plastic ducks race down the Sheboygan River for cash prizes.
- Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club
- Sheboygan Falls Lions Club
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County
- Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149
- Workbound, Inc.
- Sheboygan Falls Common Council Members
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- "Badger Traction," page 91 in particular and the chapter on the electric railroad operations of the WP&L; Published by Central Electric Railfans' Association, 1969
- "State: Rail line connecting Falls, Plymouth to go back in service", Sheboygan Press, May 23, 2009.
- Family Wants Barricades on Railroad Trestle, WTMJ-4 TV (Milwaukee), May 21, 2009