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Introduction

Introduction

The city of Wauwatosa welcomes you to southeast Wisconsin. A city of ideal location and size, just 15 minutes from Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, and with a population of 46,396 residents, Wauwatosa is proximal to both a thriving metropolis and the Wisconsin dairy farmland the state is known for.

Wauwatosa was historically attached to the Township of Milwaukee until 1842 when it earned its independence and a name change. “Wauwautosa,” derived from the Potawatomi word “wau-wau-tae-sie,” means “firefly,” which was a fitting name as the nearby Menomonee River Valley swarmed with fireflies each summer. The city’s name also honors Chief Wauwautaesie of the Potawatomi tribe, which, along with the Menominee tribe, settled in the region far before European settlers made their way to the state. Once a village and then a town, the city of Wauwatosa (a new spelling due to the consistent mutation of the original Wauwautosa) was incorporated on May 27, 1897.

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Wauwatosa was the second city in the state to adopt a zoning ordinance, leading to its reputation as the “city of homes.” The city’s mission is to “provide services that are essential or that enhance the quality of life in the community, all in ways that are efficient, effective and affordable.” Served by the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce, residents and visitors alike are always in good hands in Wauwatosa.

Brimming with affordable homes, lush Wisconsin scenery and the excitement of city life right around the bend, Wauwatosa is an optimal city to relocate to, visit or retire. Come on in!

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