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  •   State: 
    Milwaukee County
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    43°03′N 87°57′W
      Area total: 
    96.81 sq mi
      Area land: 
    96.18 sq mi (249.12 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.63 sq mi (1.63 km²)
    617 ft (188 m)
    1846; Incorporated January 31, 1846; 177 years ago ( 1846-01-31 )
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    6,001.48 residents per square mile of area (2,317.04/km²)
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Milwaukee (mil-WAW-kee) is the most populous and most densely populated city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of Milwaukee County. It is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, the fourth-most densely populated metropolitan area in the Midwest. The name "Milwaukee" comes from the Algonquian word millioke, meaning "good", "beautiful", and "pleasant land" It is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Northwestern Mutual, WEC Energy Group, Rockwell Automation, and Harley-Davidson. Since 1968, Milwaukee has been home to Summerfest, one of the largest music festivals in the world. Milwaukee is considered a global city, categorized as "Gamma minus" by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, with a regional GDP of over $102 billion in 2020. Its history was heavily influenced by German immigrants in the 19th century, and it continues to be a center for German-American culture, specifically becoming well known for its brewing industry. In recent years, Milwaukee is undergoing its largest construction boom since the 1960s. Major additions to the city since the turn of the 21st century include the Wisconsin Center, American Family Field, The Hop (streetcar system), an expansion to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Bradley Symphony Center, and Discovery World, as well as major renovations to the UWMilwaukee Panther Arena. The city is also home to two major professional sports teams the Bucks and the Brewers.


Milwaukee is the primary city name, but also Bay View are acceptable city names or spellings, Bayview, Saint Francis, St Francis on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The name "Milwaukee" comes from the Algonquian word millioke, meaning "good", "beautiful", and "pleasant land" The first recorded inhabitants of the Milwaukee area were various Native American tribes: the Menominee, Fox, Mascouten, Sauk, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe. In the second half of the 18th century, the Native Americans living near Milwaukee played a role in all the major European wars on the American continent. Early explorers called the Milwaukee River and surrounding lands various names: Melleorki, Milwacky, Mahn-a-waukie, Milwarck, and Milwaucki, in efforts to transliterate the native terms. On the eastern side of the river, the spelling "Mil Milwaukee" was used until the modern-day spelling became accepted in the 1880s. Solomon Juneau was the first of the three to come to the area, in 1818. He founded a town called Juneau's Side, or Juneautown, that began attracting more settlers. In competition with Juneau, Byron Kilbourn established Kilbourntown west of thewaukee River. Further, George H. Walker claimed land to the south of Milwaukee River along with Juneauttown, where he built a log house in 1834. The first large wave of settlement to the areas that would later become Milwaukee became known as Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee in 1835.


Milwaukee lies along the shores and bluffs of Lake Michigan at the confluence of three rivers: the Menomonee, the Kinnickinnic, and the Milwaukee. The city is overwhelmingly (99.89% of its area) in Milwaukee County, but there are two tiny unpopulated portions that extend into neighboring counties. Northsouth streets are numbered, and eastwest streets are named. The tallest building in the city is the U.S. Bank Center. The warmest month of the year is July, when the 24-hour average is 73.3 °F (22.9 °C), while January is the coldest month, with a 24-year average of 24.0 °F (4.4 °C) The city's location in the Great Lakes Region often has rapidly changing weather, producing a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), with cold, snowy winters, and hot, humid summers. In spring and summer, almost all rainfall brought by storms brought by these storms is brought by the lake.Thunderstorms can be dangerous and damaging, bringing hail and high winds, but in rare instances they can bring a tornado, which can be seen on the city's urban island. The lake breeze is not a daily occurrence and will not usually form if a southwest northwest wind generally exceeds 15 mph (24 km/h) during winter months.Aside from the lake's influence, overnight lows in downtown during the year are often much warmer than suburban locations because of the urban island effect.


Milwaukee is the 31st most populous city in the United States. In 2012, Milwaukee was listed as a gamma global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. According to the 2010 Census, 44.8% of the population was White, 40.0% was Black or African American, 3.5% Asian, and 3.4% from two or more races. 17.3% of Milwaukee's population was of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (they may be of any race) (11.7% Mexican, 4.1% Puerto Rican). The largest Hispanic backgrounds in Milwaukee as of 2010 were: Mexican (69,680), Puerto Rican (24,672), Other Hispanic or Latino (3,808), South American (1,299), Cuban (866) and Dominican (720) The Milwaukee metropolitan area was cited as being the most segregated in the U.S. in a Jet Magazine article in 2002. In 2003, a non-peer reviewed study was conducted by hired researchers at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee which claimed Milwaukee is not "hypersegregated" and instead ranks as the 43rd most integrated city in America. In 2015, the city was rated as the "worst city for black Americans" based on employment disparities in employment and a severe achievement gap. The city experiences high educational levels of and levels of educational achievement. The Hmong American Peace Academy/International Peace Academy, centered on the Hmong community in Milwaukee, opened in 2004.


Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley has historically been home to manufacturing, stockyards, rendering plants, shipping, and other heavy industry. The city was once the home to four of the world's largest beer breweries (Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst, and Miller), and was the number one beer producing city in the world for many years. Despite the decline in its position as world's leading beer producer after the loss of two of those breweries, Miller Brewing Company remains a key employer by employing over 2,200 of the city's workers. Today, beer halls and taverns are abundant in the city, but only one of the major breweriesMillerremains in Milwaukee. The historic "Miller Valley" is seeing a resurgence in microbreweries, nanobreweries and brewpubs with the Miller Brewery in West State Street, the oldest functioning major beer brewery in the United States. Since 2015, nearly two dozen craft brewing companies also brews sodas and sodas in Milwaukee's Brewers Hill and Sprecher Brewery neighborhoods. Milwaukee is home to several pioneer brass era automobile makers, including Ogren (1919-1922) and the Milwaukee Road, Falk Corporation, Cutler-Hammer, Harnischfeger Corporation, Chain Belt Company, Nordberg Manufacturing Company and other industry giants. It is also home to the Milwaukee Museum of Art and Science, which was founded in 1851. It was the first museum in the U.S. to be dedicated to the American Civil War.


Milwaukee is a popular location for sailing, boating, and kayaking on Lake Michigan, ethnic dining, and cultural festivals. Museums and cultural events, such as Jazz in the Park, occur weekly in downtown parks. A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked Milwaukee 15th most walkable of fifty largest U.S. cities. In 2018, the city was voted "The Coolest City in the Midwest" by Vogue. The Milwaukee Art Museum is perhaps Milwaukee's most visually prominent cultural attraction; especially its $100 million wing designed by Santiago Calatrava. The Grohmann Museum, at Milwaukee School of Engineering contains the world's most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work. The Charles Allis Art Museum hosts several changing exhibits every year in the Tudor-style mansion. The Mitchell Park Domes display a large variety of plant and bird life. The Domes are deteriorating rapidly "and the popular horticultural conservatory will close within a few years unless $30 million is found to do just basic repairs" Milwaukee's Historical Society features a panoramic painting of Milwaukee, firefighting equipment, and period replicas of a pharmacy and a bank. The museum also features a collection of vintage children's toys, including a doll house, a school, and an exhibit that includes vintage school clothes and toys. The city is home to the Milwaukee County Historical Society during the late 19th century through the mid-20th century Housed within an architectural landmark, the Pabst Mansion was once considered the " jewel of Milwaukee's famous avenue".


Milwaukee has a rich history of involvement in professional and nonprofessional sports, since the 19th century. The city's two major professional sports teams are the Milwaukee Brewers of MLB and the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Abraham Lincoln watched cricket in Milwaukee in 1849 when he attended a game between Chicago and Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Bucks have won two NBA Championships, in 1971 and 2021. Milwaukee was also the host city of the International Cycling Classic, which included the men's and women's Superweek Pro Tour races, featuring professional and amateur cyclists and teams from across the U.S. and more than 20 foreign countries. The Packers' longtime flagship station is Milwaukee-based WTMJ AM 620. The team split its home schedule between Green Bay and Milwaukee from 1933 to 1994, with the majority of the Milwaukee games being played at County Stadium. Former season ticketholders receive preference for one pre-season and the second and fifth regular season games at Lambeau Field each season, along with playoff games through a lottery under the "Gold Package" plan. In 1854, the Milwaukee Cricket Club had 150 members. The Brewers won the MLB Championship in 1971, and the Bucks won the NBA Championship in 2021. The Green Bay Packers won the NHL Championship in 1994, and have won the NFL Championship in 2007. The NFL has a team in Green Bay, the Packers' home city. The NHL has a franchise in Toronto, the Toronto Maple Leafs, which has won two NHL Championships.

Parks and recreation

Milwaukee has over 140 parks with over 15,000 acres (6,100 ha) of parks and parkways. The Trust for Public Land reported Milwaukee had the 19th best park system among the 50 most populous U.S. cities. The Urban Ecology Center offers programming for adults and children from its three branches located in Riverside Park, Washington Park, and the Menomonee Valley. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources operates a nature center at Havenwoods State Forest. Milwaukee Public Market, in the Third Ward neighborhood, is an indoor market that sells produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, vegetables, candies, and flowers from local businesses. The Monarch Trail, on the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa, is a 1.25-mile (2 km) trail that highlights the fall migration of the monarch butterflies.During the summer months, Cathedral Park in Downtown Milwaukee hosts "Jazz in the Park" on Thursday nights. Nearby Pere Marquette Park hosts "River Rhythms" on Wednesday nights. The city is also served by two nearby suburban nature centers, Wehr Nature Center is operated by Milwaukee County in Whitnall Park, located in Franklin, Wisconsin. The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside, Wisconsin charges admittance fees for visitors. Milwaukee County Farmers Markets, held in season, sell fresh produce, meats, cheeses, jams, jellies, preserves and syrups, and plants. Farmers markets also feature artists and craftspeople. Locations include: Aur Farmers Market, Brown Deer Farmers Market, East Town Farm Market, Enderis Park farmers Market, Fondy Farmers Market.

Government and politics

Milwaukee has a mayor-council form of government. The Common Council consists of 15 members, one from each district in the city. The city has been a Democratic stronghold for more than a century at the federal level. All but four state legislators representing the city are Democrats. In 2008, Barack Obama won Milwaukee with 77% of the vote. In 2013 there were 105 murders in Milwaukee and 87 homicides the following year. In 2018, Milwaukee was ranked the eighth most dangerous city in the US. In 2020, Milwaukee recorded 189 homicides, exceeding the all-time homicide record of 174 set in 1993. As of 2016, Milwaukee currently ranks as second city with 500,000 or more residents, falling behind Detroit. A survey estimated 1,500 people were homeless on Milwaukee's streets each night in 2013. The poor are aided by several local nonprofits, including the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and the Milwaukee Police Department's Gang Unit. In 2006, 4,000 charges were brought against suspects through Milwaukee's Gang unit. In 2007, Milwaukee ranked among the ten most dangerous large cities in the United States. In 2010, Milwaukee's homicide rate was at a record-high of 105 per 100,000 residents. In 2012, the city recorded 105 murders, the highest rate in the U.S. since 1993. In 2014, the number of homicides was at an all- time high of 105. In 2015, 146 people were killed in the City of Milwaukee. In 2016, a survey estimated the city's homeless and homeless were 1, 500 or more per night.


Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is the largest school district in Wisconsin and thirty third in the nation. As of 2007, it had an enrollment of 89,912 students and as of 2006 employed 11,100 full-time and substitute teachers in 323 schools. MPS operates as magnet schools, with individualized specialty areas for interests in academics or the arts. 17 MPS high schools appeared on a national list of "dropout factories"schools where fewer than 60% of freshmen graduate on time. In 1990, Milwaukee became the first city in the United States to offer a school voucher program. Of persons in Milwaukee aged 25 and above, 86.9% have a high school diploma, and 29.7% of them have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2012, MPS was the only school district to offer an in-state college and university scholarship program in the U.S. It was also the only one to do so in a state with a population of more than 1 million people. In 2007, 17 Mps high schools were on the list of 'dropout factory' schools. In 2010, Milwaukee had the highest percentage of high school grads in the country, with more than 80% of students graduating on time from high school or college. In 2011, the city had the lowest percentage of college grads, with just over 40% of those graduating from college or university. In 2013, the number of college graduates in the city was just over 30%.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin = 9.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 20. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 40. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Milwaukee = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 577,222 individuals with a median age of 32.9 age the population dropped by -2.44% in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 6,001.48 residents per square mile of area (2,317.04/km²). There are average 2.5 people per household in the 227,186 households with an average household income of $36,578 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.60% of the available work force and has dropped -7.35% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 14.70%. The number of physicians in Milwaukee per 100,000 population = 253.


The annual rainfall in Milwaukee = 32.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 35 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 117. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 191. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 12.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 41.53%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 55 years with median home cost = $110,780 and home appreciation of -11.38%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $25.72 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,484 per student. There are 15.6 students for each teacher in the school, 1398 students for each Librarian and 1051 students for each Counselor. 5.65% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 12.70% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.24% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Milwaukee's population in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin of 285,315 residents in 1900 has increased 2,02-fold to 577,222 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.67% female residents and 48.33% male residents live in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 58.73% are single population.

  • 24.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Milwaukee require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    69.04% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.54% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 10.12% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.75% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 41.53% are owner-occupied homes, another 50.36% are rented apartments, and the remaining 8.11% are vacant.

  • The 45.19% of the population in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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