Different Milwaukee neighborhoods and their surrounding communities can offer strikingly different atmospheres, and the Old-World charm of Cedarburg is hardly matched by any neighborhood in Milwaukee proper. Located less than a half-hour drive north of the city in Ozaukee County, Cedarburg and its surrounding communities are also popular residential areas for commuters who prefer to live in a rural setting.
Population: 11,210 (2006 estimate)
Median Age: 38
Median Income: $56,431
Median Home Sale Price: $224,500
Parameters: Cedarburg is a small community located about 20 miles north of Milwaukee and a few miles inland from Lake Michigan. It is surrounded by the Town of Cedarburg and the Town of Grafton, and easily accessible by I-94.
In the mid-1800's, Cedarburg sprung up on the banks of Cedar Creek around a series of five dams and mills. Today, the focal point of the community is still two of these: the beautiful five-story, stone gristmill now houses the Cedar Creek Brewing Company, and the nearby woolen mill is now the Cedar Creek Settlement, featuring a number of shops, restaurants, and the Cedar Creek winery. Antique shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants line the surrounding streets, and there's even a 1920s-era former filling station shaped like a Japanese tea house nestled next to the gigantic stone gristmill.
Cedarburg sounds like a tourist paradise and it is. The small city boasts two historic districts, the Washington Avenue and Columbia Road Historic Districts, and the last covered bridge in the State of Wisconsin also stands just a few miles north of town. A heavy warm-weather festival rotation makes it a popular day trip for visitors from Milwaukee, or a relaxing weekend getaway retreat for visitors from other parts of Wisconsin or Chicago. Because of it's proximity to Milwaukee, Cedarburg and the surrounding area is also home to many who commute to the city for work.
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