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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Wisconsin

In 1634, Frenchman Jean Nicolet became Wisconsin's first European explorer. The French controlled the area until 1763, when it was ceded to the British. The state's name is an English version of a French adaptation of an Indian name said to mean "the place where we live." The Wisconsin Territory was formed in 1836 and was admitted into the Union as the 30th state in 1848. With the nickname "America's Dairyland," it's no surprise that Wisconsin is first in the country in the production of milk, cheese, and butter. In fact, the loyal fans of the Green Bay Packers football team call themselves "cheeseheads." Milwaukee, the state's largest city, helps make Wisconsin one of the largest manufacturing states in the nation. The state capital, Madison, is home to the University of Wisconsin. The flower of the "Badger State" is the wood violet and the state bird is the robin.

   Miscellaneous    Wisconsin

State Flower: Wood violet

State Motto: Forward

State Nickname: Badger State

State Bird: Robin

   Geography    Wisconsin

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 54,310

Length: 310 miles

Width: 260 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Milwaukee, 594,833
  2. Madison, 233,209
  3. Green Bay, 104,057
  4. Kenosha, 99,218
  5. Racine, 78,860
  6. Appleton, 72,623
  7. Waukesha, 70,718
  8. Oshkosh, 66,083
  9. Eau Claire, 65,883
  10. Janesville, 63,575

Geographic Center: 9 miles southeast of Marshfield

Geographic Center County: Wood

Highest Point: 1,951 ft. — Timms Hill

Lowest Point: 581 ft. — Lake Michigan

Number of counties: 72

State forests: 9 (476,004 ac.)

State parks & scenic trails: 45 parks, 14 trails (66,185 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 104.70

   People    Wisconsin

Population, 2010: 5,686,986
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 6.00%
Population, 2000: 5,363,708
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.40%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 23.20%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.50%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.30%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 86.20%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 6.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.00%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 2.30%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): Z
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 1.80%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 5.90%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 83.30%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 84.70%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 4.40%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 8.20%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 89.00%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 25.50%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 442,545
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 21.1

Housing units, 2009: 2,587,350
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 69.90%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 25.40%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $166,100

Households, 2005-2009: 2,246,512
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.42
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $26,447
Median household income, 2009: $49,994
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 12.40%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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