Community Profile

Community Profile – Waupaca


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.

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 tie downs, courtesy car, pilot’s lounge, aircraft charters and leasing, meeting facilities, and even flight lessons courtesy of fixed-base operators.

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.


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. The Waupaca area offers five public golf courses, 14 tennis courts, two public swimming beaches, one indoor recreation complex, one country club and one state park.


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%.

Major Area Employers

Waupaca FoundryGray and ductile iron products1,628Non-union
WI Veterans HomeVeterans long-term care900Union
Waupaca School DistrictEducation facilities346Union
ThedaCare - WaupacaHospital/emergency services301Non-union
Bethany HomeSkilled nursing care200Non-union
Pick N SaveGroceries148Non-union
Alliance IndustriesIndustrial painting, sand coves155Non-union
Piggly WigglyGroceries82Non-union
Gusmer EnterprisesSpeciality paper products111UPIU
Faulks Bros. ConstructionEarth products86Non-union
Centerline MachineCustom machining and fabrication43Non-union