Waupun, WI Real Estate

Waupun, Wisconsin

Affectionately known as “The City of Sculpture,” Waupun is a community of just over 11,000 residents split between Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties that just so happens to be home to the most outdoor public sculptures per-capita in any city in North America. Waupun is a city which strives to preserve the beauty of life in small town Wisconsin, while providing a multitude of unique cultural and community events. Though Waupun remains focused on preserving its distinctly “Wisconsin” way of life, the city is poised for continued growth, as is evident by its cooperation with the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation, an organization which prioritizes Waupun’s expansion.


Real Estate in Waupun, Wisconsin

Waupun’s real estate market presents an interesting opportunity for homebuyers not quite sure what they are looking for. The diverse selection of homes for sale in Waupun range from stately two-story colonials, to modern ranches and sturdy tract houses. The area is also home to numerous well-loved farmhouses and dozens of American Four Square style houses for sale. For buyers looking to build rather than buy, Waupun contains numerous undeveloped lots which provide ample locations for building an amazing home. Homebuyers looking for a deal will surely take advantage of Waupun’s small selection of foreclosures and short sales.


Living in Waupun, Wisconsin

Though life in Waupun is based primarily on heightening the joys of living amidst Wisconsin’s beautiful landscape, the city’s community prides itself on the breadth of experiences it offers both its residents and visitors. Within Waupun’s limits are well preserved parks and wildlife centers, a burgeoning arts scene and an abundance of year-round and seasonal events aimed at strengthening the bond between residents and their community. With the city’s close proximity to Madison (via Hwy. 151) and Milwaukee (via Hwy. 41), big city amenities are little over an hour drive away.

One of Waupun’s most distinct assets is the spectacular Wisconsin landscape which surrounds the city, an asset which provides both recreational and educational opportunities. Helping preserve the natural landscape are the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, an extinct glacial lake which makes up the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country, and the Marsh Haven Nature Center, which houses wildlife displays and historic exhibits intended to showcase wildlife in their natural habitat. The nature center is also home to numerous nature trails and a tower from which to observe the marsh’s splendor. Waupun is also home to the Wild Goose State Trail, which runs 30 miles along the edge of the Horicon Marsh. From December 1 through March 31, snowmobile and ATV riders are able to get out in the cold and enjoy the resplendent Wisconsin winter.

Living in Waupun, one comes to realize one thing: the city loves to celebrate! The city’s love of celebration is so great, it operates its very own website, Waupunfestivals.com, which showcases and promotes the city’s numerous festivals. Some of the city’s standout annual events include Celebrate Waupun, a carnival complete with fireworks, the Waupun Truck-N-Show, a salute to the trucking industry that features the nation’s largest truck parade and Volksfest, the city’s celebration of all things German. Though it runs from May-October, Waupun’s Farmer’s Market is an event in itself, offering fresh produce and unique country items that can’t be found anywhere else. Every winter, Waupun’s beloved “Avenue of Angels” celebration returns for another opportunity to spread Christmas cheer.

Waupun Fine Arts Inc. is yet another source of fun-filled community events. The organization sponsors the wildly popular summer concert series Concerts in the Park, as well as the Art Around Waupun, an annual art show. In addition to organizing community events, Waupun Fine Arts Inc. is dedicated to fostering and promoting the work of artists of all ages.


Schools in Waupun, Wisconsin

Education in Waupun is handled by the talented staff at the Waupun Area School District, which maintains some of the region’s finest schools. Under the school district’s watchful eye, students are encouraged to grow both in an academic and extracurricular sense. The Waupun Area School District helms a 4K program, the Meadow View Primary school, the Rock River Intermediate School (which caters to students grades 2-6), the Waupun Area Junior Senior High School and SAGES (School for Agriculture and Environmental Studies), which aims to educate students who strive to maintain the integrity of the natural world.


Business in Waupun, Wisconsin

Business in Waupun is dominated by the Alto Dairy Cooperative, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative which operates one of the nation’s largest cheese producing plants. Sold to Saputo Cheese in 2008, the plant still operates under its original name and employs many of the city’s workers.

Also included in the business climate of Waupun is a diverse population of local businesses which provide everything from groceries (at Market Fresh Foods), to sporting goods (at Sully’s Sporting Goods). Anchoring Waupun’s business community is the Waupun Chamber of Commerce, which specializes in helping foster the area’s continued prosperity. The chamber also helps promote the city’s numerous business parks, which in addition to housing numerous firms of various sizes, has space for development.


History of Waupun, Wisconsin

Founded in 1839 by Seymour Wilcox in what was then an expansive forest along the banks of the Rock River, Waupon derived its name from the Native American word “Waubun,” which translates roughly to “dawn of the day.” Due to a spelling error made by the state of Wisconsin, the city was named Waupun, a mistake which was never corrected. By 1847, the city had a population of 956 residents, which climbed to 6,725 residents almost 100 years later.

One of the city’s most famous sculptures is entitled, “The End of The Trail,” which depicts a Native American warrior slumped in the saddle of his horse. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the statue gained recognition when its image appeared on the original cover of the Beach Boys’ 1971 album “Surf’s Up.”

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  District Type Enrollment # Student Teacher Ratio GreatSchool Rank
Meadow View Primary School (Waupun) Waupun School District public 394 Not Provided Meadow View Primary School GreatSchools Rating
Rock River Intermediate School (Waupun) Waupun School District public 578 Not Provided Rock River Intermediate School GreatSchools Rating
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SAGES (Fox Lake) Waupun School District charter 110 Not Provided SAGES GreatSchools Rating
Waupun Area Junior High School (Waupun) Waupun School District public 281 Not Provided Waupun Area Junior High School GreatSchools Rating
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Central Wisconsin Christian Schools Pk-12 (Waupun) private 294 Not Provided Central Wisconsin Christian Schools Pk-12 GreatSchools Rating
Waupun Area Senior High School (Waupun) Waupun School District public 563 Not Provided Waupun Area Senior High School GreatSchools Rating
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Population Demographics

  City County State
Total Population 13,873 90,978 5,742,119
Total Households 4,828 34,234 2,299,100
Total Families 3,182 22,871 1,469,281
Population Density 161 6,362 446,124
Percent Male 55% 52% 50%
Percent Female 45% 48% 50%
White Collar Jobs 47% 46% 56%
Blue Collar Jobs 53% 54% 44%

Top Occupations

Professions Population Employed
Manufacturing 1,373
Transportation 1,202
Healthcare 1,153
Retail 866
Sales 677
Public Admin 665
Management 622
Education 501
Arts and Media 483
Natural Resources 476

Male Female Breakdown

Population Age

White vs Blue Collar Jobs

Top Professions

Work Transportation Method

Household Income with Head of House hold under age of 25

Household Income with Head of House Hold between the ages of 25 and 44

Household Income with Head of House Hold between the ages of 45 and 64

Household Income with Head of Household over the age of 65

Housing Demographics

  City County State
Total Housing Units 5,114 38,245 2,641,602
Owner Occupied Housing Units 3,545 24,892 1,547,197
Renter Occupied Housing Units 1,268 9,366 751,903
Vacant Housing Units 300 3,989 342,513
Occupancy Rate 94% 90% 87%
Vehicles Per Housing Unit 2 44 1,563

Commute Time To Work

  City County State
Less than 5 minutes 503 3,618 124,926
5 - 14 minutes 2,003 8,253 372,775
15 - 29 minutes 2,103 6,449 449,265
30 - 44 minutes 689 4,214 290,621
45-59 minutes 137 3,122 152,657
Over 60 minutes 461 2,309 85,740

Total Housing Units

Housing By Occupant

Commute Time To Work

Monthly Rental Rates

Monthly Mortgage Costs

Age of Homeowners

Education Attainment

  City County State
Some High School 1,431 7,634 347,427
High School Graduate 4,201 25,929 1,239,522
Some College 2,052 13,970 817,979
Associates Degree 968 6,405 390,482
Bachelors Degree 938 7,384 713,854
Graduate Degree 393 2,528 261,711

Education Attainment

Market Conditions
Market Conditions for Waupun - November 2019 | Shorewest Realtors®
November 2019

Market Conditions for Waupun

Median Sale Price Graph

Median Sale Price

The median sale price for homes in November was $160,250. The median sales price for homes in November rose by $26,300 compared to last month. This represents a 19.63% increase from October. Compared to the same month last year, the median price of homes rose by $71,250 representing a 80.05% year-over-year change.

Homes for Sale Graph

Homes for Sale

The inventory of homes for sale rose by 3 in November to 31. This represents 10.71% increase from October when 28 homes were on the market. Compared to the same month last year when there were 42 homes for sale, the inventory of homes for sale has fallen by 11 representing a -26.19% year-over-year change.

Homes for sale represents the number of active listings on the market during the specified month as reported in the MLS system operating within the market area.

Homes Sold Graph

Homes Sold

The 8 homes sold in November was the same as in October. Compared to the same month last year, the number of homes sold increased by 1, a 14.28% year-over-year increase.

Homes sold is the total count of properties in the market area that have had a closed sale during the specified month as reported in the MLS systems operating within the market area.

Average Days on Market Graph

Avg Days on Market

The average days on market for a home sold in November (7) decreased by 13 days compared to October. This represents a 65% decrease in days on market for homes in the market from the previous month. Compared to the same month last year, the days on market for homes sold decreased by 19, a -73.07% year-over-year change.

Average Days on Market is the time period between the date when a home is listed for sale in an MLS system and the date it is sold.

Sale/List Price Ratio

Sale/List Price Ratio

The Sale/List Price Ratio of 100.72% in November rose by 6.12% compared to October and increased 5.71% compared to the same period last year.

Sale/List Price Ratio is the sale price of a listing divided by the original list price expressed as a percentage. The Sale/List Price Ratio for the market is determined by adding the Sale/List Price Ratio for each listing sold in the market during the month and dividing by the number of listings sold during the month.

New Homes Graph

New Homes

The number of homes listed in November (14) rose by 5 compared to October, a 55.55% change. Compared to November 2018, the number of new listings increased by 8, a 133.33% year-over-year change.

Newly Listed Homes are the total count of homes that have been listed within the market area during the most recent month, as reported in the MLS system(s) operating in the market area.

Median List Price Graph

Median List Price

The median list price in November was $247,400. The median list price for homes in November rose by $127,500 compared to last month. This represents a 106.33% increase from October. Compared to the same month last year, the median list price of homes increased $127,000 representing a 105.48% year-over-year increase.

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