MERTON — U.S.
Census data released earlier this month indicating that several of
the state’s wealthiest communities are in Waukesha and Ozaukee
The top spots
for both highest household income and home value was Chenequa at
$294,231 and $881,000 respectively.
recently discussed their village’s rank of number eight for
household income ($173,145) and number seven for home value
($443,700) during a municipal meeting.
came as no surprise to Village President Ron Reinowski.
“I am not
surprised because of the residential growth we experienced in the
early 2000s,” Reinowski said.
A small (three
square miles), iconic Wisconsin village with schools, churches and
taverns on its Main Street, Merton’s population has tripled in the
past 20 years from about 1,200 in the late 1990s to more than 3,600
The growth has
occurred mostly in high-end residential developments that surround
downtown commercial and residential neighborhoods, said Village
Administrator Tom Nelson.
“We have worked
hard to make the village an attractive place to live so we can
maintain those property values,” Village Trustee Mark Baral said.
The U.S. Census
data is contained in a report issued by the American Community
Survey that was distributed to Village Board members Thursday night
by Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Julie Ofori-Mattmuller.
The village is
one of five Lake Country communities ranking among the top 10
communities in the state with the highest average home value.
Chenequa, which is ranked highest in the state with an average home
value of $881,000.
Lac La Belle is
second highest with $861,100 and Oconomowoc Lake is third with
Okauchee is 10th with an average home value of $387,000.
Country communities include Summit with an average of $377,300,
which ranks 12th; Nashotah with $374,700, which ranks 14th; and
Delafield ranking 18th with an average home value of $353,000.
There is more
than a $500,000 difference between the value of an average home in
Chenequa and the value of an average home in North Bay, which ranks
20th with an average home value of $338,100.
Elm Grove is
number 17 at $354,600. Waukesha came in at number 118 with $199,100.
The village of Pewaukee is number 104 with $210,400. Muskego is 34th
Of the 10
communities in the state with the highest household income, four of
them are in Lake Country.
number one with an average household income of $294,231.
is fourth with $241,525.
Lac La Belle
ranks fifth with an average household income of $206,587 and Merton
is eighth with $173,145. Rounding out the top 10 is Elm Grove at
Country communities in the top 20 communities with the highest
household income include the Town of Delafield, ranked 12th with
$159,774; and the Town of Merton, ranked 19th with $139,439.
There is more
than a $350,000 difference in average household income between
Chenequa and Brookfield, which ranked 20th with $138,929.
household income in the state is about $59,305 and the median home
value is about $174,600, according to U.S. Census data.
The Town of
Waukesha is number 61 at $114,815. Wales is 34th at $126,418.
Delafield is 38th at $123,651.
County, only two communities broke the top 20 for average household
income. Mequon is number 9 at $172,120. The Town of Cedarburg came
in at number 15 with an average of $147,884.
As for home
value, Ozaukee County had just one name make the list in the top 20
— Mequon is number 9 again at $388,100. Cedarburg ranked number 31
with an average house value of $289,900.
County community made the top 20 list for average home value or
average household income. For the average household income, the
first community shows up at number 36. Richfield’s average is
$125,009. The Town of Erin is number 51 at $117,984.
County’s first community on the average home value list is
Germantown. The village is number 51 at $255,700.
Chenequa, Waukesha County, $294,231
River Hills, Milwaukee County, $272,166
Maple Bluff, Dane County, $242,115
Oconomowoc Lake, Waukesha County, $241,525
Middleton, Dane County, $224,289
Lac La Belle, Waukesha County, $206,587
Shorewood Hills, Dane County, $193,992
Merton, Waukesha County, $173,145
Mequon, Ozaukee County, $172,120
Elm Grove, Waukesha County, $167,217
Troy, St. Croix County, $160,322
Town of Delafield, Waukesha County, $159,774
Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County, $154,742
Fox Point, Milwaukee County, $154,357
Town of Cedarburg, Ozaukee County, $147,884
Cross Plains, Dane County, $144,961
Wind Point, Racine County,
McMillan, Marathon County, $142,449
Town of Merton, Waukesha County, $139,439
Brookfield, Waukesha County, $138,929
Top 20 home
Chenequa, Waukesha County, $881,000
Lac La Belle, Waukesha County, $861,100
Oconomowoc Lake, Waukesha County, $855,000
Shorewood Hills, Dane County, $643,700
River Hills, Milwaukee County, $629,100
Maple Bluff, Dane County, $493,000
Merton, Waukesha County, $443,700
Chain O’ Lakes CDP, Waupaca County, $417,500
Mequon, Ozaukee County, $388,100
Okauchee Lake CDP, Waukesha County, $387,000
Ephraim Village, Door County, $378,100
Summit, Waukesha County, $377,300
Bayside, Milwaukee County, $375,100
Nashotah, Waukesha County, $374,700
Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County, $374,600
Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Walworth County, $359,300
Elm Grove, Waukesha County, $354,600
Delafield, Waukesha County, $353,000
Shorewood, Milwaukee County, $344,100
North Bay, Racine County, $388,100