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WISCONSIN (/wᵻˈskɒnsᵻn/ ( listen )) is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States
United States
, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota
Minnesota
to the west, Iowa
Iowa
to the southwest, Illinois
Illinois
to the south, Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior
Lake Superior
to the north. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous . The state capital is Madison , and its largest city is Milwaukee
Milwaukee
, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties .

Wisconsin's geography is diverse, with the Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupying the western part of the state and lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan
Michigan
. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is second to Michigan
Michigan
in the length of its Great Lakes coastline.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is known as "America's Dairyland" because it is one of the nation's leading dairy producers , particularly famous for its cheese. Manufacturing, especially paper products, information technology (IT), and tourism are also major contributors to the state's economy.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology

* 2 History

* 2.1 Early history * 2.2 European settlements * 2.3 U.S. territory * 2.4 Statehood * 2.5 Civil War * 2.6 Economic progress * 2.7 20th century * 2.8 Twenty-first century

* 3 Geography

* 3.1 Climate

* 4 Demographics

* 4.1 Birth data * 4.2 Ethnicity * 4.3 Religion * 4.4 Crime

* 5 Government

* 5.1 Executive * 5.2 Legislative * 5.3 Judicial * 5.4 Federal * 5.5 Taxes * 5.6 International relations

* 6 Politics

* 6.1 Federal elections * 6.2 Lawmakers * 6.3 Socialist politics * 6.4 Pivotal votes * 6.5 Swing to the right

* 7 Economy

* 7.1 Agriculture * 7.2 Manufacturing
Manufacturing
* 7.3 Consumer goods * 7.4 Tourism * 7.5 Film industry * 7.6 Energy

* 8 Transportation

* 8.1 Airports * 8.2 Major highways * 8.3 Rail service

* 9 Important municipalities * 10 Education

* 11 Culture

* 11.1 Art * 11.2 Music * 11.3 Alcohol culture

* 12 Recreation * 13 Sports * 14 Notable people * 15 See also * 16 References * 17 Further reading * 18 External links

ETYMOLOGY

The word _Wisconsin_ originates from the name given to the Wisconsin River by one of the Algonquian -speaking Native American groups living in the region at the time of European contact . French explorer Jacques Marquette
Jacques Marquette
was the first European to reach the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
River , arriving in 1673 and calling the river _Meskousing_ in his journal. Subsequent French writers changed the spelling from _Meskousing_ to _Ouisconsin_, and over time this became the name for both the Wisconsin River and the surrounding lands. English speakers anglicized the spelling from _Ouisconsin_ to _Wisconsin_ when they began to arrive in large numbers during the early 19th century. The legislature of Wisconsin Territory
Wisconsin Territory
made the current spelling official in 1845.

The Algonquin word for Wisconsin
Wisconsin
and its original meaning have both grown obscure. Interpretations vary, but most implicate the river and the red sandstone that lines its banks. One leading theory holds that the name originated from the Miami word _Meskonsing_, meaning "it lies red", a reference to the setting of the Wisconsin River as it flows through the reddish sandstone of the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Dells . Other theories include claims that the name originated from one of a variety of Ojibwa words meaning "red stone place", "where the waters gather", or "great rock".

HISTORY

Main article: History of Wisconsin Wisconsin
Wisconsin
in 1718, Guillaume de L\'Isle map, approximate state area highlighted.

EARLY HISTORY

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has been home to a wide variety of cultures over the past 14,000 years. The first people arrived around 10,000 BCE during the Wisconsin Glaciation . These early inhabitants, called Paleo-Indians , hunted now-extinct ice age animals such as the Boaz mastodon , a prehistoric mastodon skeleton unearthed along with spear points in southwest Wisconsin. After the ice age ended around 8000 BCE, people in the subsequent Archaic period lived by hunting, fishing, and gathering food from wild plants. Agricultural societies emerged gradually over the Woodland period between 1000 BCE to 1000 CE. Toward the end of this period, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
was the heartland of the "Effigy Mound culture", which built thousands of animal-shaped mounds across the landscape. Later, between 1000 and 1500 CE, the Mississippian and Oneota cultures built substantial settlements including the fortified village at Aztalan in southeast Wisconsin. The Oneota may be the ancestors of the modern Ioway and Ho-Chunk
Ho-Chunk
tribes who shared the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
region with the Menominee at the time of European contact. Other Native American groups living in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
when Europeans first settled included the Ojibwa , Sauk , Fox , Kickapoo , and Pottawatomie , who migrated to Wisconsin
Wisconsin
from the east between 1500 and 1700.

EUROPEAN SETTLEMENTS

Jean Nicolet
Jean Nicolet
, depicted in a 1910 painting by Frank Rohrbeck, was probably the first European to explore Wisconsin. The mural is located in the Brown County
County
Courthouse in Green Bay.

The first European to visit what became Wisconsin
Wisconsin
was probably the French explorer Jean Nicolet
Jean Nicolet
. He canoed west from Georgian Bay through the Great Lakes in 1634, and it is traditionally assumed that he came ashore near Green Bay at Red Banks . Pierre Radisson and Médard des Groseilliers
Médard des Groseilliers
visited Green Bay again in 1654–1666 and Chequamegon Bay in 1659–1660, where they traded for fur with local Native Americans. In 1673, Jacques Marquette
Jacques Marquette
and Louis Jolliet became the first to record a journey on the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway all the way to the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
near Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien
. Frenchmen like Nicholas Perrot continued to ply the fur trade across Wisconsin through the 17th and 18th centuries, but the French made no permanent settlements in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
before Great Britain won control of the region following the French and Indian War in 1763. Even so, French traders continued to work in the region after the war, and some, beginning with Charles de Langlade in 1764, now settled in Wisconsin permanently rather than returning to British-controlled Canada.

The British gradually took over Wisconsin
Wisconsin
during the French and Indian War , taking control of Green Bay in 1761 and gaining control of all of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
in 1763. Like the French, the British were interested in little but the fur trade. One notable event in the fur trading industry in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
occurred in 1791, when two free African Americans
Americans
set up a fur trading post among the Menominee at present day Marinette . The first permanent settlers, mostly French Canadians , some Anglo-New Englanders and a few African American
African American
freedmen, arrived in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
while it was under British control. Charles Michel de Langlade is generally recognized as the first settler, establishing a trading post at Green Bay in 1745, and moving there permanently in 1764. Settlement began at Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien
around 1781. The French residents at the trading post in what is now Green Bay, referred to the town as "La Baye", however British fur traders referred to it as "Green Bay", because the water and the shore assumed green tints in early spring. The old French title was gradually dropped, and the British name of "Green Bay" eventually stuck. The region coming under British rule had virtually no adverse effect on the French residents as the British needed the cooperation of the French fur traders and the French fur traders needed the goodwill of the British. During the French occupation of the region licenses for fur trading had been issued scarcely and only to select groups of traders, whereas the British, in an effort to make as much money as possible from the region, issued licenses for fur trading freely, both to British and French residents. The fur trade in what is now Wisconsin
Wisconsin
reached its height under British rule, and the first self-sustaining farms in the state were established as well. From 1763 to 1780, Green Bay was a prosperous community which produced its own foodstuff, built graceful cottages and held dances and festivities.

U.S. TERRITORY

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
became a territorial possession of the United States
United States
in 1783 after the American Revolutionary War . However, the British remained in control until after the War of 1812 , the outcome of which finally established an American presence in the area. Under American control, the economy of the territory shifted from fur trading to lead mining. The prospect of easy mineral wealth drew immigrants from throughout the U.S. and Europe
Europe
to the lead deposits located at Mineral Point , Dodgeville , and nearby areas. Some miners found shelter in the holes they had dug and earned the nickname "badgers", leading to Wisconsin's identity as the "Badger State." The sudden influx of white miners prompted tension with the local Native American population. The Winnebago War of 1827 and the Black Hawk War of 1832 culminated in the forced removal of Native Americans
Americans
from most parts of the state.

Following these conflicts, Wisconsin Territory
Wisconsin Territory
was created by an act of the United States
United States
Congress on April 20, 1836. By fall of that year, the best prairie groves of the counties surrounding what is now Milwaukee
Milwaukee
were occupied by farmers from the New England
New England
states.

STATEHOOD

The Erie Canal
Erie Canal
facilitated the travel of both Yankee
Yankee
settlers and European immigrants to Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Territory. Yankees from New England and upstate New York seized a dominant position in law and politics, enacting policies that marginalized the region's earlier Native American and French-Canadian residents. Yankees also speculated in real estate, platted towns such as Racine, Beloit, Burlington, and Janesville, and established schools, civic institutions, and Congregationalist churches. At the same time, many Germans
Germans
, Irish , Norwegians and other immigrants also settled in towns and farms across the territory, establishing Catholic
Catholic
and Lutheran institutions.

The growing population allowed Wisconsin
Wisconsin
to gain statehood on May 29, 1848, as the 30th state. Between 1840 and 1850, Wisconsin's non-Indian population had swollen from 31,000 to 305,000. Over a third of residents (110,500) were foreign born, including 38,000 Germans, 28,000 British immigrants from England, Scotland and Wales, and 21,000 Irish. Another third (103,000) were Yankees from New England
New England
and western New York state. Only about 63,000 residents in 1850 had been born in Wisconsin.

Nelson Dewey , the first governor of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
, was a Democrat . Dewey oversaw the transition from the territorial to the new state government. He encouraged the development of the state's infrastructure, particularly the construction of new roads, railroads, canals, and harbors, as well as the improvement of the Fox and Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Rivers . During his administration, the State Board of Public Works was organized. Dewey, an abolitionist, was the first of many Wisconsin
Wisconsin
governors to advocate against the spread of slavery into new states and territories.

CIVIL WAR

The Little White Schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin , held the nation's first meeting of the Republican Party

Politics in early Wisconsin
Wisconsin
were defined by the greater national debate over slavery . A free state from its foundation, Wisconsin became a center of northern abolitionism . The debate became especially intense in 1854 after Joshua Glover , a runaway slave from Missouri
Missouri
, was captured in Racine . Glover was taken into custody under the Federal Fugitive Slave Law , but a mob of abolitionists stormed the prison where Glover was held and helped him escape to Canada. In a trial stemming from the incident, the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Supreme Court ultimately declared the Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional. The Republican Party , founded on March 20, 1854, by anti-slavery expansion activists in Ripon, Wisconsin , grew to dominate state politics in the aftermath of these events. During the Civil War , around 91,000 troops from Wisconsin
Wisconsin
fought for the Union .

ECONOMIC PROGRESS

Drawing of Industrial Milwaukee
Milwaukee
in 1882

Wisconsin's economy also diversified during the early years of statehood. While lead mining diminished, agriculture became a principal occupation in the southern half of the state. Railroads were built across the state to help transport grains to market, and industries like J.I. Case "> The Daniel E. Krause Stone Barn in Chase, Wisconsin was built in 1903 as dairy farming spread across the state

Beginning in the 1890s, farmers in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
shifted from wheat to dairy production in order to make more sustainable and profitable use of their land. Many immigrants carried cheese-making traditions that, combined with the state's suitable geography and dairy research led by Stephen Babcock at the University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
, helped the state build a reputation as "America's Dairyland." Meanwhile, conservationists including Aldo Leopold helped reestablish the state's forests during the early 20th century, paving the way for a more renewable lumber and paper milling industry as well as promoting recreational tourism in the northern woodlands. Manufacturing
Manufacturing
also boomed in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
during the early 20th century, driven by an immense immigrant workforce arriving from Europe. Industries in cities like Milwaukee
Milwaukee
ranged from brewing and food processing to heavy machine production and toolmaking, leading Wisconsin
Wisconsin
to rank 8th among U.S. states in total product value by 1910.

20TH CENTURY

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Governor Robert La Follette addressing an assembly in Decatur, Illinois
Illinois
, 1905.

The early 20th century was also notable for the emergence of progressive politics championed by Robert M. La Follette . Between 1901 and 1914, Progressive Republicans in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
created the nation's first comprehensive statewide primary election system, the first effective workplace injury compensation law, and the first state income tax , making taxation proportional to actual earnings. The progressive Wisconsin Idea also promoted the statewide expansion of the University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
through the UW-Extension system at this time. Later, UW economics professors John R. Commons and Harold Groves helped Wisconsin
Wisconsin
create the first unemployment compensation program in the United States
United States
in 1932.

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, citizens of Wisconsin were divided over things such as the creation of the United Nations, support for the European recovery, and the growth of the Soviet Union's power. However, when Europe
Europe
divided into Communist and capitalist camps and the Communist revolution in China succeeded in 1949, public opinion began to move towards support for the protection of democracy and capitalism against Communist expansion.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
took part in several political extremes in the mid to late 20th century, ranging from the anti-communist crusades of Senator Joseph McCarthy
Joseph McCarthy
in the 1950s to the radical antiwar protests at UW-Madison that culminated in the Sterling Hall bombing in August 1970. The state became a leader in welfare reform under Republican Governor Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
during the 1990s. The state's economy also underwent further transformations towards the close of the 20th century, as heavy industry and manufacturing declined in favor of a service economy based on medicine, education, agribusiness, and tourism.

Two U.S. Navy battleships, BB-9 and BB-64 , were named for the state.

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

In 2011, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
became the focus of some controversy when newly elected governor Scott Walker proposed, successfully passed, and enacted the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 , which made large changes in the areas of collective bargaining, compensation, retirement, health insurance, and sick leave of public sector employees, among other changes. A series of major protests by union supporters took place that year in protest to the changes, and Walker survived a recall election held the next year , becoming the first governor in United States history to do so. Walker enacted other bills promoting conservative governance, such as a right-to-work law , abortion restrictions, and legislation removing certain gun controls.

In 2010, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
passed the Smoke-Free Air Law, which prohibits smoking in all indoor areas (restaurants, private clubs, retail establishments, public transportation, etc) and sports arenas (sports fields and swimming pools). Smoking is still allowed on decks and patios.

GEOGRAPHY

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
can be divided into five geographic regions. The Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is characterized by bluffs carved in sedimentary rock by water from melting Ice Age glaciers. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Pole of Inaccessibility Timms Hill is the highest natural point in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
at 1,951.5 ft (594.8 m); it is located in the Town of Hill , Price County
County
. Main article: Regions of Wisconsin

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is bordered by the Montreal River ; Lake Superior
Lake Superior
and Michigan
Michigan
to the north; by Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
to the east; by Illinois
Illinois
to the south; and by Iowa
Iowa
to the southwest and Minnesota
Minnesota
to the northwest. A border dispute with Michigan
Michigan
was settled by two cases, both Wisconsin
Wisconsin
v. Michigan
Michigan
, in 1934 and 1935. The state's boundaries include the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
and St. Croix River in the west, and the Menominee River in the northeast.

With its location between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi
Mississippi
River, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is home to a wide variety of geographical features. The state is divided into five distinct regions. In the north, the Lake Superior Lowland occupies a belt of land along Lake Superior. Just to the south, the Northern Highland has massive mixed hardwood and coniferous forests including the 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest , as well as thousands of glacial lakes, and the state's highest point, Timms Hill . In the middle of the state, the Central Plain has some unique sandstone formations like the Dells of the Wisconsin River in addition to rich farmland. The Eastern Ridges and Lowlands region in the southeast is home to many of Wisconsin's largest cities. The ridges include the Niagara Escarpment that stretches from New York , the Black River Escarpment and the Magnesian Escarpment.

The bedrock of the Niagara Escarpment is dolomite , while the two shorter ridges have limestone bedrock. In the southwest, the Western Upland is a rugged landscape with a mix of forest and farmland, including many bluffs on the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
. This region is part of the Driftless Area , which also includes portions of Iowa
Iowa
, Illinois
Illinois
, and Minnesota
Minnesota
. This area was not covered by glaciers during the most recent ice age, the Wisconsin Glaciation . Overall, 46% of Wisconsin's land area is covered by forest. Langlade County
County
has a soil rarely found outside of the county called Antigo silt loam .

Areas under the management of the National Park Service
National Park Service
include the following:

* Apostle Islands National Lakeshore along Lake Superior * Ice Age National Scenic Trail * North Country National Scenic Trail * Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

There is one national forest managed by the U.S. Forest Service in Wisconsin, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest .

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has sister-state relationships with Germany's Hesse
Hesse
, Japan's Chiba Prefecture
Chiba Prefecture
, Mexico's Jalisco , China's Heilongjiang
Heilongjiang
, and Nicaragua .

The pole of inaccessibility for Wisconsin, located approximately 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Wausau at 44°52′57″N 89°54′43″W / 44.8824°N 89.912°W / 44.8824; -89.912 ( Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Pole of Inaccessibility) , marks the location furthest from any point not within Wisconsin
Wisconsin
(94.24 mi or 151.66 km).

CLIMATE

Köppen climate types of Wisconsin
Wisconsin

Most of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is classified as warm-summer humid continental climate (Köppen _Dfb_), while southern and southwestern portions are classified as hot-summer humid continental climate (Köppen _Dfa_). The highest temperature ever recorded in the state was in the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Dells, on July 13, 1936, where it reached 114 °F (46 °C). The lowest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
was in the village of Couderay , where it reached −55 °F (−48 °C) on both February 2 and 4, 1996. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
also receives a large amount of regular snowfall averaging around 40 inches (100 cm) in the southern portions with up to 160 inches (410 cm) annually in the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
snowbelt each year.

MONTHLY NORMAL HIGH AND LOW TEMPERATURES FOR SELECTED WISCONSIN CITIES CITY JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

GREEN BAY 25/10 (−4/−12) 29/13 (−2/−11) 40/23 (5/−5) 55/35 (13/1) 67/45 (19/7) 76/55 (25/13) 81/59 (27/15) 79/58 (26/14) 71/49 (22/10) 58/38 (14/4) 43/28 (6/−2) 30/15 (−1/−9)

HURLEY 19/0 (−7/−18) 26/4 (-4/−16) 36/16 (2/−9) 49/29 (9/-2) 65/41 (18/5) 73/50 (23/10) 76/56 (25/13) 75/54 (24/12) 65/46 (18/8) 53/35 (12/2) 36/22 (2/-6) 24/8 (-5/−14)

LA CROSSE 26/6 (−3/−14) 32/13 (0/−11) 45/24 (7/−4) 60/37 (16/3) 72/49 (22/9) 81/58 (27/14) 85/63 (29/17) 82/61 (28/16) 74/52 (23/11) 61/40 (16/4) 44/27 (7/−3) 30/14 (−1/−10)

MADISON 27/11 (−3/−12) 32/15 (0/−9) 44/25 (7/−4) 58/36 (14/2) 69/46 (21/8) 79/56 (26/13) 82/61 (28/16) 80/59 (27/15) 73/50 (23/10) 60/39 (15/3) 45/28 (7/−2) 31/16 (−1/−9)

MILWAUKEE 29/16 (−2/−9) 33/19 (0/−7) 42/28 (6/−2) 54/37 (12/3) 65/47 (18/8) 75/57 (24/14) 80/64 (27/18) 79/63 (26/17) 71/55 (22/13) 59/43 (15/6) 46/32 (8/0) 33/20 (0/−7)

SUPERIOR 21/2 (−6/−17) 26/6 (-3/−14) 35/17 (2/−8) 46/29 (8/-2) 56/38 (13/3) 66/47 (19/8) 75/56 (24/13) 74/57 (23/14) 65/47 (18/8) 52/36 (11/2) 38/23 (3/−5) 25/9 (−4/−13)

DEMOGRAPHICS

HISTORICAL POPULATION

CENSUS POP.

1820 1,444

1830 3,635

151.7%

1840 30,945

751.3%

1850 305,391

886.9%

1860 775,881

154.1%

1870 1,054,670

35.9%

1880 1,315,457

24.7%

1890 1,693,330

28.7%

1900 2,069,042

22.2%

1910 2,333,860

12.8%

1920 2,632,067

12.8%

1930 2,939,006

11.7%

1940 3,137,587

6.8%

1950 3,434,575

9.5%

1960 3,951,777

15.1%

1970 4,417,731

11.8%

1980 4,705,767

6.5%

1990 4,891,769

4.0%

2000 5,363,675

9.6%

2010 5,686,986

6.0%

EST. 2016 5,778,708

1.6%

Source: 1910–2010 2016 estimate

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
2010 Population Density Map

The United States
United States
Census Bureau estimates that the population of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
was 5,771,337 on July 1, 2015, a 1.48% increase since the 2010 United States
United States
Census .

BIRTH DATA

_Note: Births in table add to over 100%, because Hispanics are counted both by their ethnicity and by their race, giving a higher overall number._

Live births by race or ethnicity of mother RACE 2013 2014 2015

White : 55,485 (83.2%) 55,520 (82.7%) 55,350 (82.6%)

> Non-Hispanic White 49,357 (74.0%) 49,440 (73.6%) 49,024 (73.1%)

Black 6,956 (10.4%) 7,328 (10.9%) 7,386 (11.0%)

Asian 3,197 (4.8%) 3,333 (5.0%) 3,276 (4.9%)

Native 1,011 (1.5%) 980 (1.5%) 1,029 (1.5%)

_Hispanic _ (of any race) _6,398 (9.6%)_ _6,375 (9.5%)_ _6,604 (9.9%)_

TOTAL WISCONSIN 66,649 (100%) 67,161 (100%) 67,041 (100%)

ETHNICITY

Since its founding, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has been ethnically heterogeneous. Following the period of French fur traders, the next wave of settlers were miners, many of whom were Cornish , who settled the southwestern area of the state. The next wave was dominated by "Yankees", migrants of English descent from New England
New England
and upstate New York ; in the early years of statehood, they dominated the state's heavy industry, finance, politics and education. Between 1850 and 1900, large numbers of European immigrants followed them, including Germans
Germans
, Scandinavians (the largest group being Norwegian ), and smaller groups of Belgians , Dutch , Swiss , Finns , Irish , Poles
Poles
, Italians , Luxembourgers , and others. In the 20th century, large numbers of Mexicans and African Americans came, settling mainly in Milwaukee; and after the end of the Vietnam War came an influx of Hmongs .

According to the 2010 Census, the racial composition of the population was:

* 86.2% White American (83.3% non-Hispanic white , 2.9% White Hispanic ) * 6.3% Black or African American
African American
* 1.0% Native American and Alaska Native
Alaska Native
* 2.3% Asian American * 1.8% Multiracial American * 2.4% Some other race

In the same year, 5.9% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin, of any race.

WISCONSIN POPULATION BY RACE RACIAL COMPOSITION 1990 2000 2010

White 92.2% 88.9% 86.2%

Black 5.0% 5.7% 6.3%

Asian 1.1% 1.7% 2.3%

Native 0.8% 0.9% 1.0%

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander – – -

Other race 0.9% 1.6% 2.4%

Two or more races – 1.3% 1.8%

The six largest ancestry groups in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
are: German (42.6%), Irish (10.9%), Polish (9.3%), Norwegian (8.5%), English (6.5%), and Italian (6.1%). German is the most common ancestry in every county in the state, except Menominee, Trempealeau and Vernon. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has the highest percentage of residents of Polish ancestry of any state.

The various ethnic groups settled in different areas of the state. Although Germans
Germans
settled throughout the state, the largest concentration was in Milwaukee. Norwegians settled in lumbering and farming areas in the north and west. Small colonies of Belgians , Swiss , Finns and other groups settled in their particular areas, with Irish, Italian , and Polish immigrants settling primarily in urban areas. Menominee County
County
is the only county in the eastern United States with a Native American majority.

African Americans came to Milwaukee, especially from 1940 on. 86% of Wisconsin's African-American population live in four cities: Milwaukee , Racine , Beloit , Kenosha , with Milwaukee
Milwaukee
home to nearly three-fourths of the state's black Americans. In the Great Lakes region, only Detroit and Cleveland
Cleveland
have a higher percentage of African-American residents.

33% of Wisconsin's Asian population is Hmong , with significant communities in Milwaukee
Milwaukee
, Wausau , Green Bay , Sheboygan , Appleton , Madison , La Crosse , Eau Claire , Oshkosh , and Manitowoc .

Of the residents of Wisconsin, 71.7% were born in Wisconsin, 23.0% were born in a different US state, 0.7% were born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island areas, or born abroad to American parent(s), and 4.6% were foreign born.

RELIGION

RELIGION IN WISCONSIN

religion

percent

Protestant
Protestant
  50%

Catholic
Catholic
  29%

unaffiliated   15%

Jewish
Jewish
  0.5%

Mormon
Mormon
  0.5%

Buddhism
Buddhism
  0.5%

Hinduism   0.5%

Islam
Islam
  0.5%

The percentage of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
residents who belong to various affiliations are Christian 81% ( Protestant
Protestant
50%, Roman Catholic
Catholic
29%, Mormon
Mormon
0.5%), Jewish
Jewish
0.5%, Muslim 0.5%, Buddhist 0.5%, Hindu 0.5% and the unaffiliated at 15%.

Christianity is the predominant religion of Wisconsin. As of 2008, the three largest denominational groups in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
were Catholic, Evangelical Protestant
Protestant
, and Mainline Protestant
Protestant
. As of 2010, the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
had the highest number of adherents in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
(at 1,425,523), followed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with 414,326 members, and the Lutheran Church– Missouri
Missouri
Synod with 223,279 adherents. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod , which has the fourth highest numbers of adherents in Wisconsin, and the international conference it belongs to, the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference , both have their headquarters in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

CRIME

Statewide FBI Crime statistics for 2009 include 144 murders/nonnegligent manslaughter; 1,108 rapes; 4,850 robberies; 8,431 aggravated assaults; and 147,486 property crimes. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
also publishes its own statistics through the Office of Justice Assistance. The OJA reported 14,603 violent crimes in 2009, with a clearance rate (% solved) of 50%. The OJA reported 4,633 sexual assaults in 2009, with an overall clearance rate for sexual assaults of 57%.

GOVERNMENT

The Wisconsin Blue Book is the primary published reference about the government and politics of the state, documenting the organization of the state's three branches of government. Published every two years with updated information, copies are available by contacting state legislators.

Wisconsin\'s Constitution outlines the structure and function of state government. Wisconsin's government is organized into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The Wisconsin State Capitol

EXECUTIVE

The executive branch is headed by the governor . The current governor, Scott Walker , assumed office on January 3, 2011. In addition to the governor, the executive branch includes five other elected constitutional officers: Lieutenant Governor , Secretary of State , Attorney General , Treasurer , and State Superintendent of Public Instruction . Four members of the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
executive branch are Republicans. The Secretary of State is a Democrat, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin is a non-partisan position.

LEGISLATIVE

The Wisconsin
Wisconsin
State Legislature
Legislature
is Wisconsin's legislative branch. The Legislature
Legislature
is a bicameral body consisting of the Assembly and the Senate .

JUDICIAL

Wisconsin's court system has four levels: municipal courts, circuit courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. Municipal courts typically handle cases involving local ordinance matters. The circuit courts are Wisconsin's trial courts , they have original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal cases within the state. Challenges to circuit court rulings are heard by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals , consisting of sixteen judges who typically sit in three-judge panels. As the state's highest appellate court, the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Supreme Court may hear both appeals from lower courts and original actions. In addition to deciding cases, the Supreme Court is responsible for administering the state's court system and regulating the practice of law in Wisconsin.

FEDERAL

In the United States
United States
Senate Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is represented by Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin . Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is divided into eight congressional districts .

TAXES

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
collects personal income taxes (based on five income brackets ) which range from 4% to 7.65%. The state sales and use tax rate is 5.0%. Fifty-nine counties have an additional sales/use tax of 0.5%. Milwaukee
Milwaukee
County
County
and four surrounding counties have an additional temporary 0.1% tax that helps fund the Miller Park baseball stadium, which was completed in 2001.

The most common property tax assessed on Wisconsin
Wisconsin
residents is the real property tax , or their residential property tax. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
does not impose a property tax on vehicles, but does levy an annual registration fee. Property taxes are the most important tax revenue source for Wisconsin's local governments, as well as major methods of funding school districts, vocational technical colleges, special purpose districts and tax incremental finance districts. Equalized values are based on the full market value of all taxable property in the state, except for agricultural land. In order to provide property tax relief for farmers, the value of agricultural land is determined by its value for agricultural uses, rather than for its possible development value. Equalized values are used to distribute state aid payments to counties, municipalities, and technical colleges. Assessments prepared by local assessors are used to distribute the property tax burden within individual municipalities.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
does not assess a tax on intangible property . Wisconsin does not collect inheritance taxes . Until January 1, 2008, Wisconsin's estate tax was decoupled from the federal estate tax laws; therefore the state imposed its own estate tax on certain large estates.

There are no toll roads in Wisconsin; highway construction and maintenance are funded in part by motor fuel tax revenues, and the remaining balance is drawn from the State General Fund. Non-highway road construction and maintenance are funded by local governments (municipalities or counties ).

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has had a diplomatic relationship with the Japanese prefecture of Chiba since 1990.

POLITICS

FEDERAL ELECTIONS

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS RESULTS YEAR REPUBLICAN DEMOCRATIC

2016 47.26% _1,407,028_ 46.45% _1,382,947_

2012 45.89% _1,407,966_ 52.83% _1,620,985_

2008 42.31% _1,262,393_ 56.22% _1,677,211_

2004 49.31% _1,478,120_ 49.71% _1,489,504_

2000 47.56% _1,237,279_ 47.83% _1,242,987_

1996 38.48% _845,029_ 48.81% _1,071,971_

1992 36.78% _930,855_ 41.13% _1,041,066_

1988 47.80% _1,047,794_ 51.41% _1,126,794_

1984 54.19% _1,198,800_ 45.02% _995,847_

1980 47.90% _1,088,845_ 43.18% _981,584_

1976 47.83% _1,004,987_ 49.50% _1,040,232_

1972 53.40% _989,430_ 43.72% _810,174_

1968 47.89% _809,997_ 44.27% _748,804_

1964 37.74% _638,495_ 62.09% _1,050,424_

1960 51.77% _895,175_ 48.05% _830,805_

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
won Wisconsin
Wisconsin
by fewer than 25,000 votes (a margin of less than .8%) in the 2016 election. This marked the first time Wisconsin
Wisconsin
voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984, when every state except Minnesota
Minnesota
and Washington D.C. went Republican. Both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections were quite close, with Wisconsin
Wisconsin
receiving heavy doses of national advertising, in accord with its status as a "swing", or pivot, state. Al Gore carried the presidential vote in 2000 by 5,700 votes, and John Kerry
John Kerry
won Wisconsin in 2004 by 11,000 votes. Again, Barack Obama
Barack Obama
carried the state in 2008 by 381,000 votes (56%).

On November 26, 2016, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
due to concerns regarding hacking or other tampering with votes. It is the first presidential recount ever conducted in the state.

During the period of the Civil War , Wisconsin
Wisconsin
was a Republican state; in fact it is the state that gave birth to the Republican Party, although ethno-religious issues in the late 19th century caused a brief split in the Republican coalition. Through the first half of the 20th century, Wisconsin's politics were dominated by Robert La Follette and his sons, originally of the Republican Party , but later of the revived Progressive Party . Since 1945, the state has maintained a close balance between Republicans and Democrats . Republican Senator Joe McCarthy was a controversial national figure in the early 1950s. Recent leading Republicans include former Governor Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
and Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. ; prominent Democrats include Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold , and Congressman David Obey .

The most famous controversy in the state's political history dealt with foreign language teaching in schools. This was fought out in the Bennett Law campaign of 1890, when the Germans
Germans
switched to the Democratic Party because of the Republican Party\'s support of the Bennett Law, which led to a major victory for the Democrats.

The cities of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
have been active in increasing the availability of legislative information on the internet, thereby providing for greater government transparency. Currently three of the five most populous cities in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
provide their constituents with internet-based access of all public records directly from the cities' databases. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
cities started to make this a priority after Milwaukee
Milwaukee
began doing so, on their page, in 2001. One such city, Madison, has been named the Number 1 digital city by the Center for Digital Government in consecutive years.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has voted for Democratic candidates in six of the last seven presidential elections. Republican Donald Trump
Donald Trump
carried the state by 23,000 votes in 2016 . Before that, the last Republican to carry the state was Ronald Reagan in 1984 . In 2012 , Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Congressman Paul Ryan , a native of Janesville , as his running mate against incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Vice President Joe Biden
Joe Biden
. Obama nevertheless carried Wisconsin
Wisconsin
by a margin of 53% to 46%.

At the statewide level, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is competitive, with control regularly alternating between the two parties. The 2010 elections saw a huge Republican resurgence in Wisconsin. Republicans took control of the governor's office and both houses of the state legislature. Republican Ron Johnson defeated Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Russ Feingold , and Republicans took two previously Democratic-held House seats, creating a 5–3 Republican majority House delegation.

On February 14, 2011, the Wisconsin State Capitol erupted with protests when the Legislature
Legislature
took up a bill that would end most collective bargaining rights for state employees, except for wages, to address the $3.6 bil. deficit. The protests attracted tens of thousands of people each day, and garnered international attention.

The Assembly passed the bill 53–42 on March 10 after the State Senate passed it the night before, and sent it to the Governor for his signature. In response to the bill , enough signatures were gathered to force a recall election against Governor Walker . Tom Barrett , the mayor of Milwaukee
Milwaukee
and Walker's 2010 opponent, won the Democratic primary and faced Walker again. Walker won the election by 53% to 46% and became the first governor in United States
United States
history to retain his seat after a recall election. Further information: 2011 Wisconsin protests , Political party strength in Wisconsin , Recall elections in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
, and Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election

LAWMAKERS

Republicans had a stronghold in the Fox Valley , but elected a Democrat, Steve Kagen , of Appleton , for the 8th Congressional District in 2006. However, Kagen survived only two terms and was replaced by Republican Reid Ribble in the Republican Party's sweep of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
in November 2010, the first time the Republican Party has taken back both chambers of the state legislature and the governorship in the same election. Republicans have held Waukesha County
County
. The City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee
heads the list of Wisconsin's Democratic strongholds, which also includes Madison and the state's Native American reservations . Wisconsin's largest Congressional district, the 7th, had voted Democratic since 1969. Its representative, David Obey, chaired the powerful House Appropriations Committee. However, Obey retired and the once Democratic seat was overtaken by Republican Sean Duffy in November 2010.

SOCIALIST POLITICS

Wisconsin's political history encompasses, on the one hand, "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive movement ; and on the other, the Republican and anti-Communist Joe McCarthy . From the early 20th century, the Socialist Party of America had a base in Milwaukee. The phenomenon was referred to as "sewer socialism " because the elected officials were more concerned with public works and reform than with revolution (although revolutionary socialism existed in the city as well). Its influence faded in the late 1950s, largely because of the red scare and racial tensions. The first Socialist mayor of a large city in the United States
United States
was Emil Seidel
Emil Seidel
, elected mayor of Milwaukee in 1910; another Socialist, Daniel Hoan , was mayor of Milwaukee
Milwaukee
from 1916 to 1940; and a third, Frank P. Zeidler , from 1948 to 1960. Succeeding Frank Zeidler, the last of Milwaukee's Socialist mayors, ( Henry Maier ), a former Wisconsin
Wisconsin
State Senator and member of the Democratic Party was elected mayor of Milwaukee
Milwaukee
in 1960. Maier remained in office for 28 years, the longest serving mayor in Milwaukee
Milwaukee
history. Socialist newspaper editor Victor Berger was repeatedly elected as a U.S. Representative, although he was prevented from serving for some time because of his opposition to the First World War.

PIVOTAL VOTES

William Proxmire , a Democratic Senator (1957–89), dominated the Democratic party for years; he was best known for attacking waste and fraud in federal spending. Democrat Russ Feingold was the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act in 2001. Republican Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan
was, at age 28, the youngest member of the Congressional freshman class when he took office in January 1999. In 2012 , he was selected as the Republican party's candidate for Vice President , running with Mitt Romney . In 2004, Gwen Moore , a Democrat from Milwaukee, became Wisconsin's first African-American U.S. Representative.

In 2006, Democrats gained in a national sweep of opposition to the Bush administration, and the Iraq War. The retiring GOP 8th District Congressman, Mark Green, of Green Bay, ran against the incumbent Governor Jim Doyle
Jim Doyle
. Green lost by 8% statewide, making Doyle the first Democratic governor to be re-elected in 32 years. The Republicans lost control of the state Senate. Although Democrats gained eight seats in the state Assembly, Republicans retained a five-vote majority in that house. In 2008, Democrats regained control of the State Assembly by a 52–46 margin, marking the first time since 1987 that the governor and state legislature were both Democratic.

SWING TO THE RIGHT

With the election of Scott Walker, Republicans won both chambers of the legislature and the governorship, the first time all three changed partisan control in the same election. They have maintained that status since 2010. Following the 2014 general election on November 4, 2014, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Attorney General and State Treasurer are all Republicans; the Secretary of State is a Democrat. The state also chose the Republican candidate for President in 2016, Donald Trump
Donald Trump
, for the first time since 1984.

ECONOMY

See also: Wisconsin locations by per capita income The U.S. Bank Center in Milwaukee
Milwaukee
is Wisconsin's tallest building.

In 2010 Wisconsin's gross state product was $248.3 billion, making it 21st among U.S. states. The economy of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is driven by manufacturing , agriculture, and health care. The state's economic output from manufacturing was $48.9 billion in 2008, making it the tenth largest among states in manufacturing gross domestic product. Manufacturing
Manufacturing
accounts for about 20% of the state's gross domestic product, a proportion that is third among all states. The per capita personal income was $35,239 in 2008. In March, 2017, the state's unemployment rate was 3.4% (seasonally adjusted).

In quarter four of 2011, the largest employers in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
were:

* Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart
* University of Wisconsin–Madison * Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Public Schools * U.S. Postal Service * Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
* Menards
Menards
* Marshfield Clinic
Marshfield Clinic
* Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Department of Veterans Affairs * Target Corporation , and * City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee
.

AGRICULTURE

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
produces about a quarter of America's cheese, leading the nation in cheese production. It is second in milk production, after California
California
, and third in per-capita milk production, behind California
California
and Vermont
Vermont
. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is second in butter production, producing about one-quarter of the nation's butter. The state ranks first nationally in the production of corn for silage , cranberries ginseng , and snap beans for processing. It grows over half the national crop of cranberries. and 97% of the nation's ginseng. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is also a leading producer of oats , potatoes, carrots, tart cherries , maple syrup , and sweet corn for processing. The significance of the state's agricultural production is exemplified by the depiction of a Holstein cow, an ear of corn, and a wheel of cheese on Wisconsin's state quarter design. The state annually selects an "Alice in Dairyland " to promote the state's agricultural products around the world.

A large part of the state's manufacturing sector includes commercial food processing, including well-known brands such as Oscar Mayer , Tombstone frozen pizza, Johnsonville brats , and Usinger\'s sausage . Kraft Foods alone employs over 5,000 people in the state. Milwaukee
Milwaukee
is a major producer of beer and was formerly headquarters for Miller Brewing Company – the nation's second-largest brewer – until it merged with Coors Brewing Company. Formerly, Schlitz , Blatz , and Pabst were cornerstone breweries in Milwaukee.

_BADGER STATE_

State Animal : Badger

State Domesticated Animal: Dairy cow

State Wild Animal: White-tailed deer

State Beverage : Milk
Milk

State Dairy Product: Cheese
Cheese

State Fruit: Cranberry
Cranberry

State Bird : Robin

State Capital: Madison

State Dog: American water spaniel

State pro football team: Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers

State pro baseball team: Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Brewers

State pro basketball team: Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks

State pro hockey team: Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Admirals

State Fish : Muskellunge

State Flower : Wood violet

State Fossil : Trilobite

State Grain: Corn

State Insect : European honey bee

State Motto : _Forward_

State Song : " On, Wisconsin! "

State Tree : Sugar maple

State Mineral : Galena
Galena
(Lead sulfide)

State Rock : Red granite

State Soil : Antigo silt loam

State Dance : Polka

State Symbol of Peace: Mourning dove

State Microbe Lactococcus lactis

State Pastry
Pastry
: Kringle

MANUFACTURING

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is home to a very large and diversified manufacturing economy, with special focus on transportation and capital equipment. Major Wisconsin
Wisconsin
companies in these categories include the Kohler Company ; Mercury Marine ; Rockwell Automation ; Johnson Controls ; John Deere
John Deere
; Briggs Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Electric Tool Company ; Caterpillar Inc. ; Joy Global ; The Manitowoc Company ; Oshkosh Corporation ; Harley-Davidson ; Case IH ; S. C. Johnson Ashley Furniture ; Ariens ; and Evinrude Outboard Motors .

CONSUMER GOODS

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is a major producer of paper, packaging, and other consumer goods. Major consumer products companies based in the state include SC Johnson the lower Fox River from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay has 24 paper mills along its 39 miles (63 km) stretch.

The development and manufacture of health care devices and software is a growing sector of the state's economy, with key players such as GE Healthcare , Epic Systems , and TomoTherapy .

TOURISM

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
state welcome sign

Tourism is a major industry in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
– the state's third largest, according to the Department of Tourism. Tourist destinations such as the House on the Rock near Spring Green , Circus World Museum in Baraboo , and The Dells of the Wisconsin River draw thousands of visitors annually, and festivals such as Summerfest
Summerfest
and the EAA Oshkosh Airshow draw international attention, along with hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Given the large number of lakes and rivers in the state, water recreation is very popular. In the North Country, what had been an industrial area focused on timber has largely been transformed into a vacation destination. Popular interest in the environment and environmentalism, added to traditional interests in hunting and fishing, has attracted a large urban audience within driving range.

The distinctive Door Peninsula
Door Peninsula
, which extends off the eastern coast of the state, contains one of the state's tourist destinations, Door County
County
. Door County
County
is a popular destination for boaters because of the large number of natural harbors, bays, and ports on the Green Bay and Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
side of the peninsula that forms the county. The area draws hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly to its quaint villages, seasonal cherry picking, and fish boils .

FILM INDUSTRY

On January 1, 2008, a new tax incentive for the film industry came into effect. The first major production to take advantage of the tax incentive was Michael Mann 's _Public Enemies_ . While the producers spent $18 million on the film, it was reported that most of that went to out-of-state workers and for out-of-state services; Wisconsin taxpayers had provided $4.6 million in subsidies, and derived only $5 million in revenues from the film's making.

ENERGY

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has no production of oil, gas, or coal. Its in-state electrical generation is mostly from coal. Other important electricity sources are natural gas and nuclear.

The state has a mandate that ten percent of its electrical energy come from renewable sources by the end of 2015. This goal has been met, but not with in state sources. One third of that ten percent comes from out of state sources, mostly wind generated electricity from Minnesota
Minnesota
and Iowa. The state has agnostic policies for developing wind power in state.

TRANSPORTATION

AIRPORTS

See also: List of airports in Wisconsin

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is served by eight commercial service airports, in addition to a number of general aviation airports.

MAJOR HIGHWAYS

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is responsible for planning, building and maintaining the state\'s highways . Seven Interstate Highways transverse the state.

RAIL SERVICE

Amtrak provides daily passenger rail service between Chicago and Milwaukee. It also provides cross-country service via the Empire Builder with station stops in several cities in Wisconsin.

IMPORTANT MUNICIPALITIES

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
counties Further information: List of municipalities in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
by population and Administrative divisions of Wisconsin

Over 68% of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
residents live in urban areas, with the Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee
area home to roughly one-third of the state's population. With over 594,000 residents, Milwaukee
Milwaukee
is the 30th-largest city in the country. The string of cities along the western edge of Lake Michigan is generally considered to be an example of a megalopolis .

With a population of around 233,000 and metropolitan area of over 600,000, Madison has a dual identity as state capital and college town. Madison's suburb, Middleton , was ranked the "Best Place to Live in America" in 2007 by _Money Magazine_. Medium-size cities dot the state and anchor a network of working farms surrounding them. As of 2011, there were 12 cities in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
with a population of 50,000 or more, accounting for 73% of the state's employment.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
has three types of municipality: cities, villages, and towns. Cities and villages are incorporated urban areas. Towns are unincorporated minor civil divisions of counties with limited self-government.

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Largest cities or towns in Wisconsin citypopulation.de

RANK NAME COUNTY POP.

Milwaukee
Milwaukee

Madison 1 Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
598,916

Green Bay

Kenosha

2 Madison Dane 240,323

3 Green Bay Brown 104,868

4 Kenosha Kenosha 100,150

5 Racine Racine 78,303

6 Appleton Outagamie 73,016

7 Waukesha Waukesha 70,920

8 Eau Claire Eau Claire 66,966

9 Oshkosh Winnebago 66,653

10 Janesville Rock 63,588

EDUCATION

See also: List of colleges and universities in Wisconsin , List of high schools in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
, and List of school districts in Wisconsin

Wisconsin, along with Minnesota
Minnesota
and Michigan, was among the Midwestern leaders in the emergent American state university movement following the Civil War in the United States. By the start of the 20th century, education in the state advocated the " Wisconsin Idea ", which emphasized service to the people of the state. The " Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Idea" exemplified the Progressive movement within colleges and universities at the time.

Today, public post-secondary education in Wisconsin
Wisconsin
includes both the 26-campus University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
System , with the flagship university University of Wisconsin–Madison , and the 16-campus Wisconsin Technical College System . Private colleges and universities include Alverno College, Beloit College , Cardinal Stritch University , Carroll University , Carthage College , Concordia University Wisconsin
Wisconsin
, Edgewood College , Lakeland College , Lawrence University , Marquette University , Medical College of Wisconsin , Milwaukee School of Engineering , Ripon College , St. Norbert College , Wisconsin Lutheran College , and others.

CULTURE

Music stage at Summerfest
Summerfest
in 1994 The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Art Museum Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green

Residents of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
are referred to as Wisconsinites. The traditional prominence of references to dairy farming and cheesemaking in Wisconsin's rural economy (the state's license plates have read "America's Dairyland" since 1940 ) have led to the nickname (sometimes used pejoratively among non-residents) of "cheeseheads " and to the creation of "cheesehead hats" made of yellow foam in the shape of a wedge of cheese.

Numerous ethnic festivals are held throughout Wisconsin
Wisconsin
to celebrate the heritage of its citizens. Such festivals include Summerfest
Summerfest
, Oktoberfest , Polish Fest , Festa Italiana , Irish Fest , Bastille Days, Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day), Brat(wurst) Days in Sheboygan , Polka Days , Cheese
Cheese
Days in Monroe and Mequon , African World Festival, Indian Summer, Arab Fest, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Highland Games and many others.

ART

The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Art Museum , with its _brise soleil _ designed by Santiago Calatrava , is known for its interesting architecture. Monona Terrace in Madison, a convention center designed by Taliesin architect Anthony Puttnam, is based on a 1930s design by Frank Lloyd Wright . Wright's home and studio in the 20th century was at Taliesin , south of Spring Green. Decades after Wright's death, Taliesin remains an architectural office and school for his followers.

MUSIC

Main article: Music of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's music festivals include Eaux Claires, Miller Lite Presents Country Fest , Bud Light Presents Country Jam USA, the Coors Hodag Country Festival , Porterfield Country Music Festival, Country Thunder USA in Twin Lakes, and Ford Presents Country USA. Milwaukee hosts Summerfest
Summerfest
, dubbed "The World's Largest Music Festival", every year. This festival is held at the lakefront Henry Maier Festival Park just south of downtown, as are a summer-long array of ethnic musical festivals. The Wisconsin Area Music Industry provides an annual WAMI event where it presents an awards show for top Wisconsin
Wisconsin
artists.

ALCOHOL CULTURE

Drinking has long been considered a significant part of Wisconsin culture, and the state ranks at or near the top of national measures of per-capita alcohol consumption, consumption of alcohol per state, and proportion of drinkers. Consumption per-capita per-event, however, ranks low among the nation; number of events (number of times alcohol is involved) is significantly higher or highest, but consumption at each event smaller, marking Wisconsin's consumption as frequent and moderate. Factors such as cultural identification with the state's heritage of German immigration, the longstanding presence of major breweries in Milwaukee, and a cold climate are often associated with the prevalence of drinking in Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, the legal drinking age is 21, except when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse who is at least 21 years old. Age requirements are waived for possessing alcohol when employed by a brewer, brewpub, beer and/or liquor wholesaler, or producer of alcohol fuel. The minimum legal age to purchase alcohol is 21, with no exceptions. The Absolute Sobriety law states that any person not of legal drinking age (currently 21 years of age) may not drive after consuming alcohol.

On September 30, 2003, the state legislature , reluctant to lower a DUI offense from BAC 0.10 to 0.08, did so only as a result of federal government pressure. The Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Tavern League opposes raising the alcoholic beverage tax. The _ Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel _ series "Wasted in Wisconsin" examined this situation.

RECREATION

The varied landscape of Wisconsin
Wisconsin
makes the state a popular vacation destination for outdoor recreation. Winter events include skiing, ice fishing and snowmobile derbies . Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is situated on two Great Lakes and has many inland lakes of varied size; the state contains 11,188 square miles (28,980 km2) of water, more than all but three other states – Alaska
Alaska
, Michigan
Michigan
, and Florida.

Outdoor activities are popular in Wisconsin, especially hunting and fishing. One of the most prevalent game animals is the whitetail deer . Each year in Wisconsin, well over 600,000 deer hunting licenses are sold. In 2008, the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources projected the pre-hunt deer population to be between 1.5 and 1.7 million.

SPORTS

Main article: Sports in Wisconsin Lambeau Field in Green Bay is home to the NFL\'s Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is represented by major league teams in three sports: football, baseball, and basketball. Lambeau Field , located in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
, is home to the National Football League 's Green Bay Packers . The Packers have been part of the NFL since the league's second season in 1921 and hold the record for the most NFL titles, earning the city of Green Bay the nickname "Titletown USA". The Packers are the smallest city franchise in the NFL and the only one owned by shareholders statewide. The franchise was founded by "Curly" Lambeau who played and coached for them. The Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
are one of the most successful small-market professional sports franchises in the world and have won 13 NFL championships, including the first two AFL-NFL Championship games (Super Bowls I and II ), Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXI and Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLV . The state's support of the team is evidenced by the 81,000-person waiting list for season tickets to Lambeau Field. Miller Park is the home stadium of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Brewers

The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Brewers , the state's only major league baseball team, play in Miller Park in Milwaukee, the successor to Milwaukee
Milwaukee
County Stadium since 2001. In 1982, the Brewers won the American League Championship, marking their most successful season. The team switched from the American League to the National League starting with the 1998 season. Before the Brewers, Milwaukee
Milwaukee
had two prior Major League teams. The first team, also called the Brewers, played only one season in the newly founded American League in 1901 before moving to St. Louis and becoming the Browns, who are now the Baltimore Orioles . Milwaukee
Milwaukee
was also the home of the Braves franchise when they moved from Boston from 1953 to 1965, winning the World Series
World Series
in 1957 and the National League pennant in 1958, before they moved to Atlanta.

The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks of the National Basketball Association play home games at the Bradley Center . The Bucks won the NBA Championship in 1971.

The state also has minor league teams in hockey ( Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Admirals ) and baseball (the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers , based in Appleton and the Beloit Snappers of the Class A minor leagues). Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is also home to the Madison Mallards , the La Crosse Loggers
La Crosse Loggers
, the Lakeshore Chinooks , the Eau Claire Express , the Green Bay Bullfrogs , the Kenosha Kingfish , the Wisconsin Woodchucks , and the Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League , a collegiate all-star summer league. In addition to the Packers, Green Bay is also the home to an indoor football team, the Green Bay Blizzard of the IFL . The state is home to the six-time MSL Champion Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Wave .

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
also has many college sports programs, including the Wisconsin Badgers , of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Panthers of University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Badgers football former head coach Barry Alvarez led the Badgers to three Rose Bowl championships, including back-to-back victories in 1999 and 2000. The Badger men's basketball team won the national title in 1941 and made trips to college basketball's Final Four in 2000 , 2014 , and 2015 . The Badgers claimed a historic dual championship in 2006 when both the women\'s and men\'s hockey teams won national titles.

The Marquette Golden Eagles of the Big East Conference , the state's other major collegiate program, is known for its men\'s basketball team , which, under the direction of Al McGuire , won the NCAA National Championship in 1977 . The team returned to the Final Four in 2003 .

Many other schools in the University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
system compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at the Division III level. The conference is one of the most successful in the nation, claiming 107 NCAA national championships in 15 different sports as of March 30, 2015.

The Semi-Professional Northern Elite Football League consists of many teams from Wisconsin. The league is made up of former professional, collegiate, and high school players. Teams from Wisconsin
Wisconsin
include: The Green Bay Gladiators from Green Bay , The Fox Valley Force in Appleton , The Kimberly Storm in Kimberly , The Central Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Spartans in Wausau , The Eau Claire Crush and the Chippewa Valley Predators from Eau Claire , and the Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Rage from Superior . The league also has teams in Michigan
Michigan
and Minnesota. Teams play from May until August.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is home to the world's oldest operational racetrack. The Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Mile , located in Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
, held races there that considerably predate the Indy 500
Indy 500
.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin
is home to the nation's oldest operating velodrome in Kenosha where races have been held every year since 1927.

Sheboygan is home to Whistling Straits golf club which has hosted PGA Championships in 2004, 2010 and 2015 and will be home to the Ryder Cup golf competition between USA and Europe
Europe
in 2020. The Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Open , later named the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
Milwaukee
, was a PGA Tour tournament from 1968 to 2009 held annually in Brown Deer .

NOTABLE PEOPLE

Main article: List of people from Wisconsin

SEE ALSO

* _ Wisconsin
Wisconsin
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FURTHER READING

* Barone, Michael; Cohen, Richard E. (2005). _The Almanac of American Politics, 2006_. Washington, DC: National Journal. ISBN 0-89234-112-2 . * Current, Richard (2001). _Wisconsin: A History_. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois
Illinois
Press. ISBN 0-252-07018-6 . * Gara, Larry (1962). _A Short History of Wisconsin_. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin. * Holmes, Fred L. (1946). _Wisconsin_. 5 vols. Chicago, IL. Detailed popular history and many biographies. * Nesbit, Robert C. (1989). _Wisconsin: A History_ (Rev. ed.). Madison: University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
Press. ISBN 0-299-10800-7 . * Pearce, Neil (1980). _The Great Lakes States of America_. New York: Norton. ISBN 0-393-05619-8 . * Quaife, Milo M. (1924). _Wisconsin, Its History and Its People, 1634–1924_. 4 vols. Detailed popular history & biographies. * Raney, William Francis (1940). _Wisconsin: A Story of Progress_. New York: Prentice-Hall. * Robinson, Arthur H.; Culver, J. B., eds. (1974). _The Atlas of Wisconsin_. * Sisson, Richard, ed. (2006). _The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia_. Bloomington, IN: Indiana
Indiana
University Press. ISBN 0-253-34886-2 . * Tuttle, Charles R (1875), _An Illustrated History of the State of Wisconsin: Being a Complete Civil, Political, and Military History of the State from its First Exploration down to 1875_, Madison, WI: B. B. Russell . * Van Ells, Mark D. (2009). _ Wisconsin
Wisconsin
_. Northampton, MA: Interlink Books. ISBN 978-1-56656-673-5 . * Vogeler, I. (1986). _Wisconsin: A Geography_. Boulder: Westview Press. ISBN 0-86531-492-6 . * Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Cartographers' Guild (2002). _Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas_. * Works Progress Administration (1941). _Wisconsin: A Guide to the Badger State_. Detailed guide to every town and city, and cultural history.

_See additional books at History of Wisconsin _

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