You’ve got to experience the City of New Berlin for yourself! It’s a place that welcomes small-town values and big-time dreams, and serves as the perfect backdrop for growing families and thriving industries.
Pioneering settlers Sidney Evans and P.G. Harrington arrived in what is now New Berlin in 1836. In 1938, the area first came under the local government of the Town of Muskego. A year later, Muskego and the New Berlin region separated. The New Berlin area became known as the Town of Mentor. That is, until January 13, 1840, when Mentor became the Town of New Berlin. New Berlin was named after Evans’ hometown of New Berlin, New York. New Berlin, Wis., was incorporated in 1959. What had been a rural and agricultural hub soon began its metamorphosis into a growing metropolis. Just 20 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee, New Berlin now offers its more than 40,000 residents city living with a true “touch of country.”
New Berlin has numerous historic sites, and Historic Park is its crown jewel. The area near National Avenue and Racine Avenue, at one time, was the center of the old Yankee settlement named Prospect Hill by Dr. John Ingersoll. Prospect Hill was a hamlet at the turn of the 19th century. Its 200 residents patronized or operated their own mills, blacksmith and cooper shops, tree nursery and greenhouse.
Prospect Hill was designated a local Historic District on Nov. 19, 1991, by the New Berlin Landmarks Commission. The area includes numerous restored, reproduction and original houses, schools, churches and other edifices, with many listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The second largest city in Waukesha County, New Berlin has its own police and fire departments, more than 25 metropolitan parks, a library consortium of 24 branches and a plethora of tree-lined neighborhoods that helped to land it on Neighborhood Scout’s Top 100 Safest Cities in America listing and Money Magazine’s 2017 Best Places to Live in America” list. (New Berlin was No. 11.)
It’s no wonder that this progressive area receives such accolades. The public school system is nationally recognized. New industries continue to open doors here. The parks are pristine, and there is plenty to see and do, both near and a little farther away.
Moreover, the city is surrounded by quality health centers that provide state-of-the-art treatment and places of worship for a variety of faiths. The City of New Berlin welcomes you!