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Nickname : Cream City, Brew City, Mil Town, The Mil, The City of Festivals, Deutsch-Athen (German Athens)
Views of Milwaukee (clockwise from above): Milwaukee Skyline, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Central Library, Allen-Bradley Clock Tower, Marquette Hall at Marquette University, Miller Park, St. Josaphat Basilica
Views of Milwaukee (clockwise from above): Milwaukee Skyline, Milwaukee Art Museum , Milwaukee Central Library, Allen-Bradley Clock Tower, Marquette Hall at Marquette University, Miller Park, St. Josaphat Basilica
Seal of Milwaukee
Milwaukee flag
Location in Wisconsin
Milwaukee County Wisconsin incorporated and unincorporated areas Milwaukee highlighted.svg
Basic data
Foundation : 1846
State : United States
State : Wisconsin
Counties : Milwaukee County
Waukesha County
Washington County
Coordinates : 43 ° 3 ′  N , 87 ° 57 ′  W Coordinates: 43 ° 3 ′  N , 87 ° 57 ′  W
Time zone : Central ( UTC − 6 / −5 )
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
595,047 (as of 2016)
1,572,482 (as of 2016)
Population density : 2,391.7 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 251 km 2  (approx. 97 mi 2 ) of
which 248.8 km 2  (approx. 96 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 188 m
Postcodes : 53201-53225
Area code : +1 414
FIPS : 55-53000
GNIS ID : 1577901
Website :
Mayor : Tom Barrett (D)

Milwaukee ( Engl. Pronunciation [ mɪlwɔːki ]) is the largest city in the US -amerikanischen State Wisconsin . In 2016 the city had 595,047 inhabitants. Milwaukee is the center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area , which is the largest metropolitan area in Wisconsin with over 1.7 million inhabitants. The name "Milwaukee" possibly comes from the Algonquin language of the Potawatomi ( minwaking ) or Ojibwe ( ominowakiing ) and means "meeting place (by the water)".


Geographical location

Milwaukee is located on the west bank of Lake Michigan at the confluence of three rivers: the Menomonee River , the Kinnickinnic River, and the Milwaukee River .


Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) −3.3 −1.1 4.7 11.6 17.9 23.8 26.6 25.4 21.4 14.8 7.1 −0.4 O 12.4
Min. Temperature (° C) −11.3 −8.9 −3.2 2.1 7.1 12.8 16.7 16.0 11.6 5.4 −0.7 −8.1 O 3.3
Precipitation ( mm ) 40.6 36.8 67.8 88.9 72.1 82.3 88.1 89.7 85.9 61.2 63.8 59.2 Σ 836.4
Rainy days ( d ) 7.0 6.1 8.8 9.5 8.7 8.1 7.3 7.6 7.2 7.2 7.5 8.3 Σ 93.3
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Statue of Solomon Juneau in Juneau Park
Extension of the Milwaukee Art Museum

First settlers in Milwaukee was in 1785 the French Canadians Alexis Laframboise, who opened a trading post there. From 1818 to 1834, Byron Kilbourn, Solomon Juneau and George H. Walker each founded their own settlements in the area, some of which led to violent clashes, such as the Milwaukee Bridge War in 1845 . With a view to ending this hostility, Milwaukee was founded on January 31, 1846 by the amalgamation of the three towns of Walker's Point, Juneautown and Kilbourntown.

The development of the city in the 19th century was shaped by the large influx of German immigrants. Especially after the failed revolution of 1848 , many disappointed and persecuted Germans were drawn to this part of the USA, which had only recently been opened for settlement. Between 1840 and 1880, Milwaukee's population increased by 70 to 80 percent every ten years. According to Samuel Freeman's The Emigrant Handbook , there were six German-language newspapers in the city in 1851. The German revolutionary and politician Carl Schurz also lived in Milwaukee for a short time. In 1890 the proportion of the German population was 69%.

One of the legacies of this generation of immigrants was the strong sense of community among the citizens of Milwaukee. The city was considered to be very progressive in social matters and was even ruled socialist over large parts of the 20th century. The establishment of a park commission in 1880, which ensured that many green areas were spared from the settlement, is attributed to the German tendency for beer garden cosiness. The lakeshore was also landscaped and made accessible to everyone. The city was also considered exemplary for its local public transport.

The major breweries Pabst , Schlitz , Stroh and Miller earned Milwaukee the reputation of the American beer capital. Larger restaurants have their own breweries, so there is a beer for almost every taste in Milwaukee.

The city's landmarks created in the 20th century include the Basilica of St. Josaphat of the Polish Settlers, the largest church in the city, and the Tripoli Shrine Temple , an orientalizing building designed by the Masonic organization Shriners based on the model of the Taj Mahal . With the extension of the art museum, which was completed in 2001 by Santiago Calatrava , Milwaukee can come up with a new architectural attraction.

In 1993 there was an epidemic of cryptosporidia , in which around 300,000 residents fell ill.


Population development
Census Residents ± in%
1850 20,061 -
1860 45,246 125.5%
1870 71,440 57.9%
1880 115,587 61.8%
1890 204,468 76.9%
1900 285,315 39.5%
1910 373.857 31%
1920 457.147 22.3%
1930 578.249 26.5%
1940 587,472 1.6%
1950 637.392 8.5%
1960 741.324 16.3%
1970 717.099 -3.3%
1980 636.212 -11.3%
1990 628.088 -1.3%
2000 596.974 -5%
2010 594.833 -0.4%
2013 estimate 599.164 0.7%
1850-2000 2010-2013

According to the 2010 census , Milwaukee had 594,833 people in 230,221 households. The population density was 2390.8 inhabitants per square kilometer. Statistically, 2.5 people lived in each of the 230,221 households.

The racial the population was composed of 44.8 percent white, 40.0 percent African American, 0.8 percent Native American, 3.5 percent Asian and 7.5 percent from other ethnic groups; 3.4 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity, 17.3 percent of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

27.1 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 64.0 percent were between 18 and 64 and 8.9 percent were 65 years or older. 51.8 percent of the population were female.

Milwaukee was historically strongly influenced by German influences. Around 1880 about 27% of the inhabitants of the city population were native Germans. According to information from "", the traditional city festival "German Fest" still exists today.

The average annual income for a household was 35,823  USD . The per capita income was $ 19,199. 28.3 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.



The Mayor of Milwaukee has been the Democrat Tom Barrett since April 15, 2004 , previously a member of the United States House of Representatives . Barrett ran at the Midterm Elections in November 2010 for governor of Wisconsin, but was defeated by Republican candidate Scott Walker .

Milwaukee was the first major city in the United States with a socialist mayor: Emil Seidel ruled the city from 1910 to 1912. With Daniel Hoan (1916–1940) and Frank P. Zeidler (1948–1960) the Socialist Party provided two other mayors.

Town twinning

Milwaukee is twinned with the following eight cities:

Culture and sights

Historic Grand Mall
Milwaukee River in Milwaukee
Milwaukee River in Milwaukee just before it flows into Lake Michigan



That the Milwaukee School of Engineering belonging Grohmann Museum is the largest dedicated to the topic of work museum in the world.


Well-known musicians from Milwaukee are seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau , guitarist Daryl Stuermer , who works with the band Genesis , Greg Koch and the former high school band Violent Femmes .




Regular events

Jazz in the Park

Once a year, from the last Thursday in June to the first Sunday after July 4th, Milwaukee hosts the world's largest music festival with the eleven-day Summerfest . Free concerts can also be enjoyed throughout Milwaukee during the summer. One of the nicest annual free concerts is 'Jazz in the Park' in Cathedral Square Park. Cathedral Square Park then becomes a picnic with jazz. There are also a number of other festivals and celebrations that celebrate the cultural heritage of the respective immigrant and indigenous people. The festival season starts at the beginning of June with the Riversplash and continues with the PrideFest (festival of the LGBT community), Polish Fest, Festa Italiana, German Fest, African World Festival, Arab World Fest, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, and Indian Summer. Asian Moon was also part of the festival season but has not been happening since 2005 and it's unclear if it will happen again at all.

Economy and Infrastructure

The metropolitan area of ​​Milwaukee generated a gross domestic product of 100.9 billion US dollars in 2016, making it 38th among the metropolitan areas of the United States. The unemployment rate in the metropolitan region was 2.8 percent and was thus below the national average of 3.8 percent (as of March 2018). The personal per capita income in 2016 was 51,444 US dollars, which means that Milwaukee has a slightly above average income level.


Marquette University campus in central Milwaukee

There are several universities, u. a. the MSOE and the UWM ( University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee ), and Marquette University .


Harley-Davidson Store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is the headquarters of six Fortune 500 companies: Johnson Controls , Northwestern Mutual , Manpower Inc. , Rockwell Automation , Harley-Davidson and, through 2014, Joy Global . Other Milwaukee-based companies include Briggs & Stratton , REV Group , Marshall & Ilsley , Hal Leonard , WEC Energy Group , AO Smith , Master Lock, and GE Healthcare Diagnostic Imaging and Clinical Systems. Milwaukee also has a large number of financial services companies, particularly mutual funds, and a number of publishing and printing companies.

Services are the fastest growing segments of Milwaukee's economy, with health and care alone accounting for 27% of the city's jobs. In 2009 Fortune magazine selected five Milwaukee-based companies as the world's most-admired companies in their industries: two companies ranked second in their field, Manpower Inc. for temping agencies and Northwestern Mutual for life - and health insurance. Johnson Controls Inc. was ranked fourth among automotive suppliers. Fiserv Inc., in financial data services, and Kohls Corp., in retail, took fifth place.


Individual evidence

  1. a b U.S. Census Bureau, State & County QuickFacts - Milwaukee, Wisconsin ( Memento of the original from February 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved July 16, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Thomas Adam: Germany and the Americans: culture, politics, and history. P. 752 (online at ).
  3. US Decennial Census.Retrieved July 16, 2014
  4. American Fact Finder. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  6. ^ US Department of Commerce, BEA, Bureau of Economic Analysis: Bureau of Economic Analysis. Retrieved July 4, 2018 (American English).
  7. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Economy at a Glance. Retrieved July 5, 2018 .
  8. ^ US Department of Commerce, BEA, Bureau of Economic Analysis: Bureau of Economic Analysis. Retrieved July 5, 2018 (American English).
  9. Description of Milwaukee and the companies ( memento of the original from October 23, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on October 23, 2016) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Milwaukee 10 Largest Employers ( Memento from October 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  11. ^ Local businesses / businesses in the Milwaukee Journal. on March 20, 2009.

Web links

Commons : Milwaukee, Wisconsin  - collection of images