1 Sheboygan County
As of the censusof 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 per square mile (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)
- Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School
- Sheboygan County Christian High School
- Sheboygan North High School
- Sheboygan South High School
- I.D.E.A.S Academy
- George D. Warriner High School for Personalized Learning
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 forms the west boundary of the city. 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 is referred to as Calumet Drive coming into the city from the north, and South Business Drive from the south; between Superior and Georgia Avenues, the highway is known as 14th Street. Four-lane Highway 23 is the primary west route into the city, and leads into the city up to North 25th Street as a freeway. Other state highways in the city include Highway 42, Highway 28, which both run mostly along the former inner-city routing of U.S. 141. Secondary county highways include County LS to the north; Counties J, O, PP, and EE to the west; and County KK to the south. Shoreline Metro provides bus service throughout the city.
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 along the peninsula.
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 been published since 1907. The free papers The Sheboygan Sun and The Beacon are each mailed 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 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); CHR/Top 40 WXER (104.5 from Plymouth, with a translator station on 96.1 in Sheboygan); and active rock WHBZ (106.5), all of which transmit from a three-tower site on Sheboygan’s south side. Fox Sports 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, and Plymouth’s WJUB (1420), a standards station.
Various religious stations originating from north of Green Bay and Milwaukee via low-power translator stations, including a translator for Kiel’s WSTM (91.3), and NOAA Weather Radio station WWG91, all broadcast from a tower north of Superior Avenue along the west side of Interstate 43.
The city is served by Charter Communications, with public-access television cable TV programming origination from WSCS. The city formerly had one licensed television station, WPVS-LP, which is currently off the air due to the digital switchover. In 2011, the station was re-licensed to Milwaukee as a future ethnic broadcaster, and the station’s new transmitter in Milwaukee will not reach Sheboygan with service.
- Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center
- St. Nicholas Hospital
Points of interest
- Above & Beyond Children’s Museum
- Blue Harbor Resort
- Bookworm Gardens
- Blackwolf Run Golf Course
- Ellwood H. May Environmental Park
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center
- Sheboygan County Historical Museum
- Sheboygan Hmong Memorial
- Sheboygan Municipal Auditorium and Armory
- Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts
- Whistling Straits
- In April 1896 the schooner Lottie Cooper was wrecked just off Sheboygan in a gale.The wreckage was found buried in the harbor during the construction of the Harbor Centre Marina and is now on display in DeLand Park, on Sheboygan’s lakefront. The free display is the only one of its kind on the Great Lakes.
Sheboygan County is well-known for its bratwurst.The Sheboygan Jaycees have an annual fund-raising festival called Bratwurst Days, which includes the Johnsonville World Bratwurst Eating Championship.
Dairyland Surf Classic
Sheboygan hosts the annual Dairyland Surf Classic, the largest lake surfing competition in the world.