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Moving to Cudahy, WI

Cudahy is a city of approximately 18,000 in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. It is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, 700 feet above sea level, and occupies 4.75 square miles of land. Although a small town, Cudahy is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area comprising four counties and about 1.6 million people.

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Cudahy History

In the late 1800s, an entrepreneur named Patrick Cudahy purchased 700 acres of land from the U.S. government. He and his brother, John, established the Cudahy Meat Packing Plant in 1892. A train depot was built that same year, providing transportation that enabled settlement of the area by Cudahy employees. The city incorporated in 1906 with 2,556 people.

Cudahy Climate

You’ll see a little less rain in Cudahy, which averages about 34 inches a year compared to 39 inches on average for the rest of the United States. You’ll also see considerably more snow—46 inches annually compared to about 26 for the rest of the country. Summers are mild, with average daily high temperatures around 80°F in July. By the same token, winters are cold, with average daily lows in January of 15°F.

Cudahy Transportation

The primary roads to and from Cudahy are Lake Parkway (794), which connects with Milwaukee to the north. Layton Avenue and College Avenue provide east-west transit and connection to Interstate 41/94 to the west. The General Mitchell International Airport is about a 10-minute drive from Cudahy. Bus service in Cudahy is provided by Milwaukee County Transit System. The nearest Amtrak station is in Milwaukee, seven miles from Cudahy.

Cudahy Cost of Living

According to Sperling’s Best Places, Cudahy is a real bargain. You’ll pay about 30 percent less than you would in a typical U.S. city for housing, although utilities will cost about 11 percent more. Overall, living expenses are about 10 percent below the national average. How far will your earnings go in Cudahy? Use the links below to see for yourself.

Cudahy Schools

The School District of Cudahy provides public education to about 2,500 students with five elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. St. Paul’s Lutheran School also provides K-8 private education. According to, there are 29 colleges within 50 miles of Cudahy, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with 27,000+ enrollment.

Cudahy Hospitals

As part of the Milwaukee metro area, Cudahy is within 30 miles of 36 hospitals and close to several major medical centers. One of the finest is Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, nationally ranked in four specialties and high-performing in eight procedures/conditions. The Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is nationally ranked in three specialties.

Cudahy Real Estate

According to the U.S. Census, Cudahy has about 8,662 housing units, and owner occupancy is 56.2 percent. The median value of these homes is $150,400 and median selected monthly costs of ownership are $1,378 for homeowners with a mortgage. The median gross amount people pay to rent a home or apartment in Cudahy is $757.

Cudahy Hotels

Many visitors to Cudahy enjoy the hospitality and convenience of the Sheridan House and Cafe. This boutique lodge offers affordable luxury right in Cudahy. Or, you many like to stay in nearby Milwaukee, which offers dozens of lodging options. Consider one of the properties on Milwaukee’s southeast side, such as the Wyndham or the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Airport; both are located on South Howell Avenue.

Cudahy Restaurants

You’ll find several choices of restaurants to please your palate in Cudahy. Tsing Tao is popular for traditional Chinese dishes and buffet service at both lunch and dinner.  Consider a visit to Samano’s if you are hungry for Mexican plates and margaritas. And Polonez Restaurant in nearby St. Francis serves Polish fare and a Sunday brunch accompanied by accordion music.

Cudahy Things to Do

A visit to Cudahy invites quiet time and appreciation for a quaintly picturesque community on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The location is ideal for exploring the coastline and its beautiful parklands. Check out Sheridan Park situated atop bluffs overlooking the water. The natural splendor beckons you to get active—hiking, biking, water sports, golf, picnicking—all are popular pastimes here. If you yearn for the excitement of a bigger city, you’re just a “stone’s throw” from Milwaukee and its many attractions.

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