Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 43°10′44″N 88°7′2″W / 43.17889°N 88.11722°W / 43.17889; -88.11722Coordinates: 43°10′44″N 88°7′2″W / 43.17889°N 88.11722°W / 43.17889; -88.11722
CountryUnited States
 • Total33.31 sq mi (86.27 km2)
 • Land32.92 sq mi (85.26 km2)
 • Water0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
Elevation856 ft (261 m)
 • Total35,626
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,082.2/sq mi (417.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code(s)262
FIPS code55-51000[5]
GNIS feature ID1569346[6]

Menomonee Falls is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States, and is part of the Greater Milwaukee area. The population was 35,626 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous village in Wisconsin.[7] It is the fourth largest community in Waukesha County.


Early 1800's[edit]

The area that became Menomonee Falls was first inhabited by Native Americans, including the people of the Menomonee and Chippewa tribes.

Late 1800s[edit]

Menomonee Falls continued to grow throughout the 1870s. By 1890, the population was 2,480.[8] In 1892, a section of Menomonee Falls was incorporated as a village. In 1894 the first village board was elected as and the first village fire department formed. After becoming a village, many important buildings were built, including the village hall/fire station, Menomonee Falls High School, and the Wisconsin Sugar Factory.[8] The Wisconsin Sugar Factory employed as many as 500 laborers and produced up to 15 million pounds of sugar annually.[9]

Early 1900s[edit]

The first public telephone service was offered in 1902; a local electricity plant offered a substitute for kerosene lamps by 1907; water mains were installed in the 1910s; and the first sewer lines were laid in 1924. New neighborhoods were developed and the Menomonee Falls Public Library were built.[8] The village's second bank, the Farmers and Merchants bank, was established in 1908 by attorney Samuel A. Connell.[10] By 1910, automobiles started being sold in the village, which led to an increase in paved roads. By 1919 Highway 15 connected Menomonee Falls to Milwaukee and Illinois and by 1922 to Green Bay.[8]

In the early 20th century, a new municipal building was built to house village offices, the fire department, police department and Menomonee Falls Public Library. A subdivision named Hiawatha Heights added 58 single-family homes with 95% of the home buyers relocating from Milwaukee.[9] By 1940, the population had come to 3,674.[8] Along with all of this, the building of shopping areas had begun including The Hiawatha Shopping Center which today can be seen along Appleton Avenue with Krueger's Entertainment and Pop's Custard as the main attractions.[8]


In the 1950s more subdivisions were built, and US 41 was completed. This increased the attractiveness of Menomonee Falls as there was now an easy commute to Milwaukee jobs.[8] In 1958, the village of Menomonee Falls annexed the Town of Menomonee Falls, which increased the total area from 2 square miles to 32 square miles and the population from 4,500 to 12,000.[8]

In the 1960s the school district built six new schools because of population growth in the baby boom era. In 1965, a can manufacturing plant with a capacity of 150 million cans per year was established in the village, owned by Containers, Inc., a joint venture of the Miller Brewing Company and Carnation Company.[11] "By the end of the 1960s, 48 percent of the population in the Village was 19 years old or under."[8] Both a better park system and better public services were developed. Several full-time police officers were hired, along with full-time firefighters. Shopping centers were developed and major employers established in the village, including Harley-Davidson and Wacker Neuson. Old structures were razed to make way for several new streets.[8]

Late 1900s[edit]

Near the end of the 20thcentury, Menomonee Falls continued to grow in population. Between 1990 and 2010, the population had grown by almost 9,000.[8] New subdivisions and apartments were built in the community. Reports in 2016 state, "As of 2016, the Village had an estimated 36,907 residents and had become an important economic hub of Greater Milwaukee area."[8] Major business developments include Kohl's Corporate campus and the Westbrook Corporate Center. A new village hall/municipal center was built and a new Library.[9]


Mill Pond Park

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 33.31 square miles (86.27 km2), of which, 32.92 square miles (85.26 km2) of it is land and 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2) is water.[1]


Fussville is a neighborhood of Menomonee Falls located at 43°09′06″N 88°04′40″W / 43.15167°N 88.07778°W / 43.15167; -88.07778 (Fussville).[12] Fussville was once a separate unincorporated community; it was annexed by Menomonee Falls sometime between 1950 and 1960.[13][14]

Menomonee Falls Water Tower


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201636,769[4]3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 35,626 people, 14,567 households, and 10,028 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,082.2 inhabitants per square mile (417.8/km2). There were 15,142 housing units at an average density of 460.0 per square mile (177.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 91.6% White, 3.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 14,567 households of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14% 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 2.97.

The median age in the village was 43.3 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


The overall economy of Menomonee Falls employs 18,839 people and “is specialized in Management of Companies and Enterprises; Manufacturing; and Wholesale trade”.[16] The largest industries in the Village are manufacturing, healthcare/social assistance, and retail trade which employ 3,917, 2,704 and 2,465 people respectively. Income per capita with adults and children included is $36,386 with the median household income in Menomonee Falls being $73,350.[17] The average male salary is $93,192 and average female salary is $61,294.[16] The unemployment rate is 4.00% with a job growth of 0.73%. Sales tax is 5.1% and income tax is at 6.27%.[17] With an overall poverty rate of only 3.72%, Menomonee Falls has a very healthy economy.[16]

Top employers[edit]

According to Menomonee Falls's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[18] the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Kohl's 6,303
2 Community Memorial Hospital 1,323
3 Harley-Davidson[19] 1,000
4 Fidelity National Information Services 900
5 Arandell 800
6 Menomonee Falls School District 640
7 Wells Fargo 444
8 Wacker Neuson 350
9 Alto-Shaam 340
10 Bradley Corporation 329
11 LindenGrove 238
12 Village of Menomonee Falls 211

Parks and recreation[edit]

A 150-acre, 18 hole golf course, partially completed in the mid-1960s, sits at the south east corner of the village.[20]

In the mid-1950s, the village held an Annual Field Day, an annual all-village family fair, part of the viilage's recreation program.[21]


Menomonee Falls has a governing body consisting of a Board President and a six-member Board of Trustees. The current Village Board President is Joseph Helm.[22] The Trustees are: Katie Kress, Dave Glasgow, Chris Smolik, Bonnie J. Lemmer, Paul Tadda, Jeremy Walz.


Menomonee Falls School District operates Menomonee Falls High School, North Middle School, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Riverside Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, and Shady Lane Elementary School. Saint Anthony's Catholic School, Saint Mary's Catholic School, Calvary Baptist School, Grace Lutheran School, Bethlehem Lutheran School, Zion Lutheran School, and Aquinas Academy are private schools in Menomonee Falls.



As of the 1967, the water supply for the village was provided by a set of four wells, providing a daily water capacity of five million gallons.[25]


Milwaukee County Transit System bus routes 61 & 79 servers Menomonee Falls

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
  7. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 2017-2018 (PDF). Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. 2017. p. 617.
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  9. ^ a b c "Village of Menomonee Falls". Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bank Sets Open House". Waukesha Freeman Saturday Review. Waukesha, Wisconsin. June 12, 1965. p. 8, Col. 1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via
  11. ^ "Start Work On Can Firm This Month". Waukesha Freeman. Waukesha, Wisconsin. June 3, 1965. p. 14, Col. 6. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via
  12. ^ "Fussville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  13. ^ Sussex-Lisbon Historic Society, Land Divisions Within Waukesha County
  14. ^ Fussville
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ a b c "Menomonee Falls, WI". Data USA. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  17. ^ a b "Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin Economy". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  18. ^ Village of Menomonee Falls CAFR
  19. ^ Shafer, Dan (18 July 2017). "Harley-Davidson to cut 180 jobs, affecting Milwaukee-area, KC plants". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved 19 July 2017. (Registration required (help)). She did not provide further details on how many will be affected at Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson’s (NYSE: HOG) 912,000-square-foot plant in Menomonee Falls.
  20. ^ "Golf Course Is Offered To County". Waukesha Freeman. Waukesha, Wisconsin. June 16, 1966. p. 2, Col. 4. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via
  21. ^ "Field Day Ends Rec Playground Season At Falls". Waukesha Daily Freeman. Waukesha, Wisconsin. July 30, 1954. p. 9, Col. 5. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via
  22. ^ "Village of Menomonee Falls Board". Village of Menomonee Falls.
  23. ^ Express News official website
  24. ^ Menomonee Falls Now official website
  25. ^ "Will Enlarge Water Capacity". Waukesha Freeman. Waukesha, Wisconsin. May 10, 1967. p. 16. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via
  26. ^ Bret Hartmann
  27. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1937,' Biographical sketch of Victor Nehs, pg. 206
  28. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1995-1996,' Biographical Sketch of Lolita Schneiders, pg. 37

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