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Thiensville, Wisconsin
—  Village  —
Location of Thiensville, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 43°14′13″N 87°58′48″W / 43.23694°N 87.98°W / 43.23694; -87.98
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Ozaukee
Area
 - Total 1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 - Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 676 ft (206 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,254
 - Density 2,964.7/sq mi (1,144.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-79475[2]
GNIS feature ID 1575351[1]

Thiensville is a village in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 3,254 at the 2000 census. It was founded by its namesake, John Henry Thien.

In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Thiensville and neighboring Mequon 19th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.

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Geography

Thiensville is located at 43°14′13″N 87°58′48″W / 43.23694°N 87.98°W / 43.23694; -87.98 (43.236806, -87.979951)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.4 square miles (2.9 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.90% is water.

The village of Thiensville is completely surrounded by the larger city of Mequon.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,254 people, 1,503 households, and 933 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,964.7 people per square mile (1,142.2/km²). There were 1,570 housing units at an average density of 1,430.4/sq mi (551.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.56% White, 0.74% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 1,503 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $55,962, and the median income for a family was $69,286. Males had a median income of $46,088 versus $29,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,748. About 1.9% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.

History

The community which later became Thiensville was first surveyed between 1834 and 1836, after the United States government removed Native Americans from the land. Weston built the first log cabin in the area, and became the area's first postmaster. Weston soon sold his land holdings to John Henry Thien.[4]

John Henry Thien (or Jochim Heinrich Thien), was a wealthy German immigrant who had stopped in Milwaukee after leaving Saxony with his wife. They set on finding a place to live in this new area, and journeyed north in 1842. They eventually settled along the Milwaukee River, where Thien purchased 148 acres of land and founded Thiensville that same year.

In 1846, the Wisconsin Territorial government formed the Town of Mequon, with its borders roughly including all of present-day Mequon and Thiensville. The first town meetings were held in Thien's home. Thiensville itself was incorporated as a village in 1910, with a population of 289.[5][6]

Attractions

Thiensville Park, along the Milwaukee river, hosts the "Family Fun Before the Fourth" every year, the Saturday before July 4th. The park also hosts the town's annual Lion's Fest every June.

From May to October, a farmer’s market is held on Main Street every Tuesday, where fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers from area growers are sold.

Main Street, which runs the length of the village, is the site of the Thiensville business district, consisting of many historic buildings which have been converted into small shops and businesses.[7]

Government

Thiensville is governed by a board of seven trustees and a village president.

From To Village President
1910 1912 John F. Gierach
1912 ? John E. Mueller
? ? Charles Maas
? 1935 Julius W. Schaefer
1935 1945 Dr. Alfred H.C. Carthaus
1945 1955 Theodore O. Liebscher
1955 1959 Harold Roethel
1959 1961 Edward Langley
1961 1967 Theodore O. Liebscher
1967 1969 William Flynn
1969 1971 Richard Sitman
1971 1977 Ned A. Kellner
1977 1986 Robert Warber
1987 1989 Donald Molyneux
1989 1995 ?
1995 2006 Donald Molyneux
2006 present Karl Hertz

[8][9]

References

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Anzia et al., History of Thiensville, Village of Thiensville. 1976
  5. ^ http://www.mtchamber.org/visitors.cfm?id=4
  6. ^ http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/history/ThiensvilleVillageHall&FD.htm
  7. ^ http://www.ozaukeetourism.com/Muni/Thiensville.htm
  8. ^ Anzia et al., History of Thiensville, Village of Thiensville. 1976
  9. ^ Tom Kertscher, "Thiensville officials may swap positions." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 9, 2005

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