Located across Lake Mendota from the college town of Madison, the village of Waunakee is one of Wisconsin's finest communities. Many people are finding their new home in Waunakee apartments for rent because it is the perfect place to raise a family and grow business. Residents here enjoy a safe environment, four-season weather and a wide variety of housing options. A lot of renters are looking to move to Waunakee because the village has all of the great amenities that a small village has to offer, but is still just minutes away from everything that a big city like Madison has to offer. According to information from City-Data, many people in Wisconsin are excited to be a part of this community, as the village has seen a population growth of more than 34 percent between 2000 and 2010.
Like many other communities in the Midwest, Waunakee saw its beginnings after the Civil War when trains connected many big cities together for more efficient commerce - and sprung up small towns like Waunakee in the process. Two of the village's earliest settlers named the city after the Native American name for "fair and pleasant valley" after the village began to prosper and grow. Starting out as a milling town, Waunakee's nearby prairies opened the doors for development after the North Western Railroad expanded its line here, and the city hasn't slowed ever since. Although the railroads may have come and gone, the spirit of the community remains industrial. Many of the top employers in the city are still geared toward the manufacturing and craft product sector, showing the hardworking nature of this proud city.
One of the biggest community events that takes place every July is Waunafest, a three-day festival that includes folk singers, amusement park rides, karaoke and magicians. Echoing back to the days of an old-time country fair, the residents in Waunakee are extremely proud of the success of this annual festival.
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