Waterford is a pleasant community located along the Fox River in western Racine County in southeast Wisconsin. In the middle of a rich farming community, the village was the hub of commerce and continues to grow its industrial, manufacturing, retail and service. Its name reflects the area where early settlers forded the river with livestock and wagons carrying raw materials and goods to and from markets.
Small Town Charm
The village was incorporated in 1906 and covers over 2 square miles and has a population of over 5,400 people. It is a community rich in small town charm and large city opportunities. Located just 30 minutes from Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee and one hour from Chicago and Madison, Waterford enjoys the best that both small town and big city has to offer.
Small Community, BIG Events!
The Village of Waterford boasts of many things including wonderful community events such as the River Rhythms outdoor summer music series along the shores of the Fox River, the River Art Walk showcasing the work of local artists, along with the activities surrounding all season holiday festivities.
Recreation and Outdoor Activities
Recreational activities abound, from organized sports teams to water recreation on the Fox River including motorized boating to canoe and kayak adventures from the headwaters of the Fox River in Waukesha County through Waterford, Rochester, and Burlington to the Illinois state line. Enjoying time on the Fox may find you watching an eagle soar; deer, otter, beaver or red fox visiting for a drink or a frolic; see the swans, herons, egrets, geese ducks, sandpipers or cranes making their home on the river; or try throwing a line in to catch a couple of the many fish such as walleye, northern pike, pan fish and more making their way down the river.
Public Safety is #1
Waterford has a Fire and EMS department that provides paramedic level service, the only department to do so in the area. Police services are provided by the Town of Waterford, continuing the Village's mission to keep the safety and protection of its citizens and visitors at the forefront.
Families often choose Waterford for the excellent schools, recognized education leaders and top rated status in the State of Wisconsin.Waterford Union High School has just over 1,000 students and is ranked 32nd of 423 high schools, in the 88th percentile. Along with excellent public schools, parents can choose a private parochial school and from several preschool and day care options.
Waterford - People Who Care and Who Give
Waterford proudly claims a rich history of community commitment to philanthropy and caring for one another. Ten Club Park was founded by business leaders who donated the park land to the village. The giving continues as volunteers contribute to the good of the community with many hours donated to the events and activities that make Waterford a destination for families, singles, and seniors.