Waukesha County

Waukesha County is the Milwaukee Region's second-largest county and one of its primary economic engines. It offers every type of business opportunity, from the retail and corporate offices that line Blue Mound Road to the world-class printing and manufacturing complexes in Waukesha and Sussex; from established business parks in New Berlin to the new state-of-of-the-art development at Pabst Farms.

Intersected by two interstates and served by its own general-aviation airport, Waukesha County is a logical location for businesses. Several nationally and internationally known companies are located here, including Quad/Graphics, the world's largest privately owned printer; GE Healthcare Technologies, the global leader in medical imaging technology; and Kohl's Corp., the nation's fastest-growing department store chain.

Waukesha County offers a perfect blend of urban and rural living, with rapidly growing suburban communities - Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Muskego and Waukesha; the quaint lake communities of Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Lake and Delafield; and the quiet, rural enclaves of Genesee Depot, Mukwonago, Dousman and Eagle. Waukesha, the county seat, is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the region. Its 66,000 residents enjoy their own symphony, theater groups and choral union, while the nearby Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield offers music, dance and other attractions in a modern and intimate venue.

Click here to read an OnMilwaukee.com profile of Waukesha County that highlights its unique attractions and appeal.

Economic Development Information:
Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation - www.waukeshacountyedc.org

Visitor Information:
Waukesha County Tourism Initiative - www.waukeshacountywi.com

Waukesha County At A Glance
Population (2009 Est.) 379,333
Population Change 2000-2009
Labor Force (2010) 210,548
Unemployment Rate (2010) 7.4%
Per Capita Personal Income (2009) $52,339
Major Cities
Waukesha (68,376), Brookfield (39,200), New Berlin (39,281), Menomonee Falls (34,623), Muskego (23,134)
Colleges, Vocational Schools and Universities Carroll University, Ottawa University, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Waukesha County Technical College

Largest Waukesha County Private-Sector Employers (1,000+ Employees)
Kohl's Corp.
Department store chain   1,000+
Quad/Graphics Inc.
Commercial printing
ProHealth Care
Heatlh care system
GE Healthcare
Medical imaging devices
Target Corporation
Department stores
Community Memorial Hospital
Health care services
Cooper Industries
Electrical transformers
Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
United Parcel Service
Package delivery
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Health care services


Carroll University

Wisconsin’s oldest institution of higher education, Carroll University offers 38 majors at its 50-acre downtown Waukesha campus.

Enrollment: 3,100

Fields of Study: Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Education, Physical Therapy and Software Engineering