Located in east central Wisconsin, the City of Waupaca offers a central location with close proximity to main regional and metropolitan areas of Wisconsin and the Midwest.
- 30 miles east of Stevens Point, 40 miles west of the Fox Cities, and 70 miles west of Green Bay
- 2 hours from Milwaukee and Madison
- 4 hours from Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul
Four major highways intersect in Waupaca including US Highway 10 (a major east-west route from Lake Michigan to the Twin Cities), and State Highways 22, 54 and 49. Interstate 39 is only 20 minutes to the west, while US Highway 41 is just 30 minutes to the east. Highway 22/54 bypass, on the City’s east side, provides an efficient connection between State Highway 22/54 and US Highway 10.
Waupaca is served by two LTL and truck terminals, two interstate carriers, and 11 intrastate carriers. It is also served by the Canadian National Railroad which travels through the north part of the City. Daily switching service is provided, while the distance to the nearest piggyback service is 28 miles.
Waupaca boasts a modern municipal general aviation airport (Brunner Field). The Waupaca Municipal Airport serves corporate jets, small passenger and cargo jets, and small airplanes used in consumer air service. There are 2 paved runways: one 5,200’ x 100’ lighted and one 3,899’ x 75’ unlighted. Both Jet A fuel and 100LL fuel are available at the airport 24 hours-day. Services at the airport include hangar facilities and tiedowns, courtesy car, pilot’s lounge, aircraft charters and leasing, meeting facilities, and even flight lessons courtesy of fixed-base operators.
Scheduled commercial air service is provided less than 40 miles from Waupaca at the Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton and in other nearby locations including Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, and Mosinee.
With a residential population estimated at 6,047, the summer seasonal population is estimated to be five times that at approximately 30,000. With 45% of City land open spaces, including 16 public parks, Waupaca offers a variety of activities drawing visitors from across the Midwest. Allowing for a variety of water activities, Waupaca is also the base for the well known spring fed Chain ‘O Lakes which is comprised of 22 lakes and a total of 728 acres.
Manufacturing plays a crucial role in the economic vitality of the City of Waupaca and Waupaca County. In the County manufacturing is the second highest employer by standard industrial classification (SIC) at 22.89%, second only to services at 34.26%.
The Waupaca Foundry, which focuses on iron castings, employs more than 3,700 employers, with approximately 250 having been with the company for more than 25 years.
Further demographics and regional data can be found here.