Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Sheboygan, Wisconsin
nickname = "Bratwurst Capital of the World" [] ,
"The City of Cheese, Chairs & Children" []


map_caption = Location of Sheboygan in
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
subdivision_type = County
subdivision_name = Sheboygan
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Juan Perez (NP)
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 36.4
area_land_km2 = 36.0
area_water_km2 = 0.4
population_as_of = 2000
population_metro =
population_total = 50792
population_density_sq_mi = 3652.4
population_density_km2 = 1409.8
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
latd = 43
latm = 45
latNS = N
longd = 87
longm = 44
longEW = W
website = []
footnotes = [ City of Sheboygan Tourism Division]

Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States.GR|6 The population was 50,792 at the 2000 census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50 mi (81 km) north of Milwaukee and 64 mi (103 km) south of Green Bay.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.1 square miles (36.4 km²), of which, 13.9 square miles (36.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (1.07%) is water. It is located at latitude 43°45' north, longitude 87°44' west.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 50,792 people, 20,779 households, and 12,799 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,652.4 people per square mile (1,409.8/km²). There were 21,762 housing units at an average density of 1,564.9/sq mi (604.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.63% White, 0.86% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 6.48% Asian (with many being of Hmong descent), 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.85% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 5.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Many of the residents have German ancestry.

There were 20,779 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,066, and the median income for a family was $47,718. Males had a median income of $35,242 versus $24,690 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,270. About 6.2% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.



* University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan
* Lakeland College
* Lakeshore Technical College (Satellite Campus)

High Schools

* Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School
* Sheboygan County Christian High School
* Sheboygan North High School
* Sheboygan South High School

School District

* Sheboygan Area School District



Sheboygan is served by the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, which is located several miles from the city.


Interstate 43 is the primary north-south transportation route into Sheboygan, and it forms the west boundary of the city. Four lane Highway 23 is the primary west route into the city. Other state highways in the city include Highway 42, Highway 28. U.S. Route 141 was the primary north-south route into Sheboygan before Interstate 43 was built, and its former route is a major north-south route through the center of the city that locals call "Business Drive." Secondary county highways include County LS to the north; Counties J, O, PP, and EE to the west; and County KK to the south. Sheboygan Transit System provides bus service throughout the city.


Sheboygan has been the site of eight- and twenty-foot tall rocket launches for a local high school program called [ Rockets for Schools] since 1995. Sheboygan is the site of a proposed new spaceport called Spaceport Sheboygan. [cite news
last = Marley
first =Patrick
coauthors =
title = Bill envisions liftoff for Sheboygan
work =
pages =
publisher = Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
date = 2005-11-28
url =
accessdate = 2007-01-11


Sheboygan is bounded on the east by Lake Michigan. There are no active ports in the city. The current site of Blue Harbor Resort sits on a peninsula between the lake and the Sheboygan River's last bend that was formerly used by the C. Reiss Coal Company (now a Koch Industries division) as their headquarters and base of operations, where ships would load and unload coal from large heaps along the peninsula. The company's former headquarters building on North 8th Street is currently being converted into a condominium development.

The Sheboygan River also passes through the city, but waterfalls upstream in Sheboygan Falls prevent navigation, while tall-masted boats are confined to the river downstream of the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge. Commercial charter fishing boats dock near the mouth of the river.


The city's only daily newspaper is "The Sheboygan Press", which has published since 1907. The free papers "The Sheboygan Sun" and "The Beacon" are each mailed once weekly to area residents and feature classified ads and other local content.

As Sheboygan is located mid-way between Green Bay and Milwaukee, residents of the city can choose from television and radio stations originating within each of those areas. A. C. Nielsen places Sheboygan officially within the Milwaukee market, although Green Bay stations also report news, events, and weather warnings pertaining to Sheboygan and target the city with advertising.

Arbitron places Sheboygan and Sheboygan County within one radio market, and several stations serve the area. Midwest Communications owns four stations within the county, including talk station WHBL (1330), country station WBFM (93.7), hot AC operation WXER (104.5 from Plymouth, with a translator station on 96.1 in Sheboygan), and Sheboygan Falls-licensed hard rock WHBZ (106.5), all of which transmit from a three-tower site on Sheboygan's south side. ESPN Radio affiliate WCLB (950) also serves the city, along with the Sheboygan Area School District's WSHS (91.7), a member of the Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network, Plymouth's WJUB (1420), a standards station, Kiel's WSTM (91.3), and various translators of religious radio stations originating from north of Green Bay and Milwaukee.

The city is served by Charter Communications, with public access programming on " [ WSCS ] " channel 95 (analog) or 990 (digital). The city has one licensed television station, W29DJ, which is currently off the air due to the digital switchover and previously aired TBN programming.


* Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center
* St. Nicholas Hospital

Notable Businesses and Points of Interest

* Acuity Insurance
* Whistling Straits
* Blue Harbor Resort
* John Michael Kohler Arts Center
* Above & Beyond Children's Museum
* Ellwood H. May Environmental Park
* Sheboygan County Historical Museum
* Sheboygan Municipal Auditorium and Armory
* Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts

Notable people with ties to Sheboygan

* Ray Buivid, American football player
* The Chordettes, female popular singing quartet
* Jerry Donohue, chemist, major contributor toward DNA identification
* Timothy Hasenstein, painter
* Walter J. Kohler, Jr., Governor of Wisconsin
* Walter J. Kohler, Sr., Governor of Wisconsin
* Wesley Lau, actor
* Rick Majerus, basketball coach
* Anthony Martin, Escape Artist and Daredevil
* Jackie Mason, comedian
* Pat Matzdorf, high jump world record holder
* Martha Nause, golfer
* Morbid Saint, thrash metal band
* Bill Schroeder, American football player
* E. E. Smith, science fiction author
* Adolphus Frederic St. Sure, judge


Sheboygan County is famous for its bratwurst, including the well-known Johnsonville and Old Wisconsin bratwurst. [cite web| title=Sheboygan County Registrar of Deeds| url=] The city of Sheboygan's Jaycees have an annual fundraising festival called Bratwurst Days, which includes the Johnsonville World Bratwurst Eating Championship. [cite web| title=History| publisher=Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce| url=] [cite news| title=City asked to abolish brat-eating contest| first=Eric| last=LaRose| date=2006-03-01| work=The Sheboygan Press| publisher=Gannett| url=] The 2005 contest was part of the International Federation of Competitive Eating. The event was won by professional eating champion Sonya Thomas, who set a world record by eating 34.5 bratwurst in 10 minutes. Footage of the event was aired on ESPN and CNN. The 2006 contest (airing on a same-day tape delay on ESPN2) featured Takeru Kobayashi, who easily broke the record by eating 58 bratwurst. [cite news| url=| title=Best of the wurst: Kobayashi eats 58 brats for win| publisher=Associated Press| date=2006-08-05 ]

Dairyland Surf Classic

Sheboygan hosts the annual Dairyland Surf Classic, the largest lake surfing competition in the world. [cite web| publisher=Wisconsin Department of Tourism| title=Dairyland Surf Classic| url=] [cite web|| title=Dairyland Surf Classic| url=]

ister cities

Sheboygan has several sister cities, including flagicon|Germany Esslingen am Neckar, Germany and flagicon|Japan Tsubame, Niigata, Japan. Sheboygan does student exchanges with both cities. [cite news| url= | title=Hungry still get their fill at Taste of Sheboygan | publisher=Sheboygan Press| date=2007-03-05 | accessdate=2007-04-11 ]


* The tallest flagpole in the United States was raised on July 2 2005 at Acuity Insurance. The steel pole is convert|338|ft|m high (103 m) , 6 feet (1.83 m) wide at the base, weighs 65 tons (without the flag), and is sunk into a 550-ton block of concrete that is 40 feet (12.19m) deep, convert|8|ft|m wide and reinforced by steel rods. The flag is convert|120|ft|m by 60 feet (36.58 x 18.29 meters), or 7,200 square feet (668.9 square meters). Each star is 4 feet (1.219m) high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet (1.37m) wide. It weighs 300 pounds (136 kg). [cite news| first=Eric| last=LaRose| work=The Sheboygan Press| title=Acuity raises Old Glory Atop tallest flagpole in the nation| date=2005-04-02| url=] This flag and flagpole outdid an earlier Acuity record, a flag raised June 2, 2003, atop a 150 foot (45.72 m) flagpole. The old pole toppled over due to stress during high winds, almost falling onto nearby Interstate 43. The new flagpole was redesigned, and placed much farther from the highway. That flagpole is currently being replaced as of October 2007, with a new pole which has an access ladder inside to access the navigation beacon and is better able to tolerate local weather conditions [cite web| title=Acuity Raises Largest Symbol of Freedom in Wisconsin| url=| publisher=Acuity] [cite web| title=Dismantling of flagpole begins| url= | publisher="The Sheboygan Press"] . In 2007 Acuity took the flag pole down to replace with a new one, after several failed attempts to replace the flag pole Acuity finally gave up and removed the tallest flagpole in the United States.
*In April of 1896 the schooner "Lottie Cooper" was wrecked just off Sheboygan in a gale. [cite web| title=Significant Chronology for the Lottie Cooper| url=] The wreckage was found buried in the harbor during the construction of the Harbor Centre Marina. The wreckage was recovered and is now on display in DeLand Park, along Sheboygan's lakefront. The free display is the only one of its kind on the Great Lakes. [cite web| title=Detailed Information for Lottie Cooper| publisher=Wisconsin Historical Society| work=Wisconsin's Maritime Trails| url=]
* Sheboygan was recognized by Reader's Digest as "The Best Place to Raise a Family" in the United States in 1995. [cite web| title=The Sheboygan Press| publisher=Gannett| url=]
* In the film 'Some Like It Hot' Josephine and Daphne (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) claim to have studied at the Sheboygan Conservatory of Music.
* In the film 'Home Alone' the polka band that gives Kevin's Mom a ride home say they are "big in Sheboygan."
* A mysterious photo published by the newspaper the "Sheboygan Press" has been doing the rounds on the web in the beginning of the 2007. Believed to be taken during the 1890s, it features an elegantly dressed man sitting down in the middle of a major intersection - on a dead horse. [cite web| title=The Sheboygan Press| publisher=Gannett| url=]
*During a nationally televised NBC Sunday Night Football game on October 7th, 2007 between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, well-known football commentator John Madden made the following comment: "Well you see when Brett Favre gets the ball he is going to be Brett Favre and throw that ball all the way to Sheboygan. Heh, funny thing see when I always think of Wisconsin I think of Sheboygan. You know when you're in Wisconsin when Brett Favre is Brett Favre and Sheboygan. Yeah where you from? Sheboygan." - John Madden; John Madden also mentioned during that game the only place you can kick the ball to where Devin Hester won't return it is Sheboygan. "If you Kick it to Sheboygan I don't think he can run it back from there"

*The town is referenced in "The Creature that ate Sheboygan" by Leeds based Dirty Rockabilly Blues band, Aces & Eights.

*The chicken in "Surfs Up" is from Sheboygan, and there is a short clip of him surfing in Sheboygan.

* In the one edition of the Comedy Sci-Fi RPG "Paranoia" the Asteroid which caused the US Automated defense system to believe that there was an attack by the Russians and then to launch the missile strike which created the world of Paranoia was stated as being "as large as Sheboygan"



* [ Sheboygan County Historical Documents] : A digital collection of texts and images that documents the social, economic, and political history of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.

See also

* Sheboygan County
* Sheboygan Area School District
* The Creature That Ate Sheboygan

External links

* [ City of Sheboygan]
* [ Sheboygan Shores] (The City of Sheboygan Tourism Division)
* [ Sheboygan History Website]
* [ Sheboygan Police Department]

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