About Our Village

Shorewood is a unique and pedestrian-friendly urban village styled in the European tradition. We are the first suburb north of the city of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan - bordered by Lake Michigan on the east, the Milwaukee River on the west, and the Village of Whitefish Bay to the north. The village was originally incorporated in 1900 as the Village of East Milwaukee, making Shorewood the fourth oldest suburb in the Milwaukee area. The name of the Village was changed to Shorewood in 1917.

2010 Census Population: 13,162

Total area: 1.5 square miles

How Does Shorewood Compare

Along with Shorewood's fine reputation as a vibrant, walkable community, Shorewood is often represented as having one of the higher property tax rates. However, there are many other important factors that have an impact on the costs of living in the community. Check out this recent collection of information (PDF) comparing Shorewood to other area communities. The side graph is an excerpt from that document.

Shorewood Schools: 

Shorewood School District 

The district is located along the shores of Lake Michigan, just north of the city of Milwaukee.

The district offers a comprehensive liberal-arts education that takes into account the needs and strengths of each student. In 2013, Shorewood High School was named the number one high school in Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report.

At the elementary level, (Atwater and Lake Bluff) we offer Early World Language courses beginning in fourth grade, multi-age classrooms for a more personalized learning experience, daily instruction in art, music and physical education, as well as orchestra and band beginning in fourth grade.

At Shorewood Intermediate School, for seventh and eighth graders, our staff is focused on helping students develop a positive sense of self to become lifelong learners through numerous opportunities within the school's safe, supportive, collaborative culture.

Finally, at Shorewood High School our students can take part in more than 47 co-curricular activities or enroll in one of the school's many AP (Advanced Placement) course options. On average, 90% of SHS students continue their education at 2 or 4 year colleges and universities across the country.

Shorewood Private School:

St. Robert School is a private Catholic school, serving grades K4 through 8.

Shorewood Attractions:

Shorewood is a great place for families as well as active singles and seniors. Residents take advantage of numerous community attractions that are convenient and within walking distance. For example:

Shorewood - At the Edge of the City and the Heart of Everything

Shorewood's convenient location is just minutes from downtown Milwaukee. Our close proximity to numerous cultural, civic and other attractions, along with educational institutions and sports venues, make Shorewood an attractive place to live. Shorewood is in close proximity to:


Colleges and Universities:

Performing Art Venues:

Professional Sports Venues:

  • Bradley Center (home of the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Admirals)
  • Miller Park (home of the Milwaukee Brewers)

Stop by for a visit or come and stay a while. You'll soon find out why Shorewood is the perfect place to live, work and play!

Home Ownership Cost Comparison Graph