Waunakee, Wisconsin

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Waunakee (pronounced /wɔːnəˈkiː/[3]) is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States (est. 1870). The population was 8,995 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Waunakee bills itself as "The Only Waunakee in the World." The village was named as #78 in CNN Money's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" for small towns in 2009.[4]



Waunakee is located at 43°11′14″N 89°27′8″W / 43.18722°N 89.45222°W / 43.18722; -89.45222 (43.187253, -89.452244)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,995 people, 3,203 households, and 2,379 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,509.9 people per square mile (582.7/km²). There were 3,295 housing units at an average density of 553.1/sq mi (213.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.07% White, 0.36% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There are 3,203 households out of which 46.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.23.

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