Washington County

Located in the northwestern corner of the Milwaukee Region, Washington County offers a distinct choice between urban and rural living - and everything in-between. Its inland lakes and woodland hills offer countless outdoor opportunities. It's home to the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Ice Age Trail, Holy Hill, and Lizard Mound County Park, one of the best-preserved archeological sites of Native American tribes. In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI designated Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians a Minor Basilica.

Washington County has a strong manufacturing heritage, accounting for 27 percent of the jobs in the county. It is home to manufacturers of many well-known consumer products, including Broan range hoods and appliances, and cookware from Regal Ware/West Bend.

West Bend is the county's largest city and county seat. Germantown is built around seven historic settlements with a distinct European feel. Other communities include Hartford, an industrial community located in the western portion of the county; Jackson, one of the fastest-growing villages in the state; and Slinger, a historic community tucked into the hills of the Kettle Moraine.

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

Economic Development Information:
Economic Development/Washington County - www.businessreadywi.org

Visitor Information:
Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau - www.visitwashingtoncounty.com


Washington County At A Glance
Population (2013 Est.) 132,739
Population Change 2000-2013
Labor Force (2013) 74,108
Unemployment Rate (2013) 6.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2013) $48,935
Major Cities (2013)
West Bend (31,550), Germantown (19,788), Hartford (14,251), Richfield (11,382)
Colleges, Vocational Schools and Universities Moraine Park Technical School, University of Wisconsin-Washington County

Largest Washington-County Based Private Employers (250+ Employees)
Quad/Graphics Inc.
Commercial printing 500-999
Broan-Nutone Manufacturing - electric housewares 500-999
West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.
Property & casualty insurers
Serigraph Inc.
Commercial printing
St. Joseph's Hospital
Medical care services
West Bend Clinic
Medical clinic
Signicast Corp.
Steel investment foundry
Aurora Medical Center
Health care services
Tecstar Manufacturing
Plastic products
Maysteel LLC
Fabricated metal products



Offering small-town rural atmosphere with distinctive German architecture, Germantown is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state.

Quick Facts

Population (2013): 19,788

Population Growth (2000-2013): 8.4%

Median Household Inc. (2009-2013): $74,646

Percent Population Under 18: 25%

Percent Population 65 & Over: 13%