Waukesha County, Wisconsin

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Waukesha County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2008, the population was 380,629. Its county seat is Waukesha.[1]



The part of Wisconsin that Waukesha County now occupies was a part of Michigan until Milwaukee County was organized in September 1834.[2] On July 4, 1836, the Wisconsin Territory was formed, which included land currently in the state of Minnesota.[2] In January 1846, part of Milwaukee County was split off into Waukesha County.[3][4] Curtis Reed was the first county chairman.[3] When voting took place to decide the county seat, Waukesha beat out Pewaukee by two votes.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,503 km²), of which 556 square miles (1,439 km²) is land and 25 square miles (65 km²) (4.29%) is water.

Lake country

Because of its large number of lakes, the northwestern corner of Waukesha County is referred to as "Lake Country" by local residents. It includes Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, Merton, Nashotah, Chenequa, Okauchee Lake, Oconomowoc, Summit, and Lac La Belle.

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