Originally founded as a village in 1848, and later incorporated as a city in 1882, Port Washington is a historic fishing village located along the shores of Lake Michigan, 30 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. The original harbor was built in the 1870s, and the marina’s lighthouse, built in 1860, still stands today, hosting a historical museum. Today, it is the county seat of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, and part of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The City is known for offering “a touch of New England charm combined with Midwestern friendliness” and has been named by Midwest Living to their Top 100 Best Midwest Small Town Getaways. Port Washington, today, is a tourist destination with a vibrant downtown and community events.
Port Washington’s population of 12,831 resides within seven square miles including four miles of waterfront. The city offers superior housing choices, excellent education provided by the Port Washington-Saukville School District, abundant tourism and community event offerings, and award winning health care throughout the county.
Port Washington has experienced considerable residential, commercial, and employment growth in the last two decades. In fact, its growth rate is the highest of any community in Ozaukee County and outstrips population growth in most of the county.
Port Washington, by itself, has enough events, activities, and recreational opportunities to keep someone thoroughly engaged for a lifetime. Adding to Port Washington’s attractiveness are the additional world-class amenities offered throughout the greater Milwaukee metro area of more than one million people.