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Overview

Introduction to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the 25 largest cities in the United States with a population of nearly 600,000 people. It is also the largest city in Wisconsin as well as an international seaport. Milwaukee is located in southeast Wisconsin, on the western bank of Lake Michigan, and an hour and thirty minutes west of the state capital, Madison. The Milwaukee metropolitan area has a population of approximately 1.7 million people.

Milwaukee is home to ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters, including such household names as Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, and Harley-Davidson.

Milwaukee is ranked as the 14th "Most Fun U.S. City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include: the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors.

Milwaukee experiences all four seasons and rapidly changing weather. July is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the coldest month, with average temperatures remaining below freezing at 26 degrees Fahrenheit. The "lake effect" of Lake Michigan makes for cooler summers, warmer winters (than surrounding areas further from the lake), and plenty of snow.

Milwaukee History

The Milwaukee area was originally inhabited by several native American tribes. The first white settler to the area was a French Canadian fur trader who established a trading post in 1795. What was to become Milwaukee was originally three towns founded by three different men in 1833 and 1834. In 1846 the towns were combined and incorporated as the City of Milwaukee.

The name Milwaukee is derived from the Indian word Millioke, which, depending on interpretation, means "the good land", or "gathering place by the water", or "beautiful or pleasant lands".

Milwaukee Arts and Culture

Milwaukee is a center for the arts and culture, including conservatories, museums, the performing arts, and more. Some of Milwaukee's more notable museums include:

  • The Betty Brinn Children's Museum
  • The Charles Allis Art Museum
  • The James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics, and Technology
  • The Milwaukee Art Museum
  • The Milwaukee County Zoo
  • The Milwaukee Public Museum
  • The Mitchell Park Conservatory
  • The Schlitz Audubon Center
  • The Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum
  • The William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design

For patrons of the performing arts, Milwaukee offers the following:

  • The City Ballet Theatre
  • The Festival City Symphony
  • The Florentine Opera Company
  • The Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • The Pabst Theater
  • The Skylight Opera Theatre
  • The Milwaukee Ballet
  • The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • The Milwaukee Theatre
  • Milwaukee Shakespeare

Milwaukee is known as the "city of festivals" because of its numerous festivals throughout the year. Milwaukee's many festivals include: Bastille Days, CajunFest, Festa Italiana, German Fest, the Great Circus Parade, the Holiday Folk Fair, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, Polish Fest, Summerfest, and the Wisconsin State Fair.

Milwaukee Sports and Leisure

Milwaukee offers enough professional sports to keep most sports fans very happy. Milwaukee's professional sports teams include:

  • Baseball - The Major League Baseball (MLB) Milwaukee Brewers. For individuals who like Minor League Baseball (MiLB) action, the Beloit Snappers play an hour and twenty minutes southwest in Beloit, Wisconsin. The Snappers are a Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
  • Basketball - The National Basketball League (NBA) Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Football - The National Football League (NFL) Green Bay Packers play two hours north in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Hockey - The American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals.

Of course, as one might expect of a city on one of the Great Lakes, Milwaukee also offers a tremendous number of water-related activities.

Milwaukee "Must See" Attractions

Milwaukee has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Milwaukee's more unique attractions include:

  • The Allen-Bradley Company Clock
  • The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
  • Bradford Beach, a long strip of beach along Lake Michigan
  • The Harley-Davidson factory tour
  • The Iron Block Building
  • The Third Ward District
  • The Wisconsin State Fair

Milwaukee at Night

Milwaukee is well known for its diverse cuisine, including American, English, German, Greek, Indian, Mexican, and more. Good sources for information on the latest events, happenings, night clubs, performances, and restaurants can be found in the entertainment section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Magazine, or online at OnMilwaukee.com.

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People

Total Population 598,078
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 9.2%
Employed Population 16+ 257,610
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 30.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.8%
Median Earnings25+ $29,996
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,610
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,910

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,967
% Above Poverty Level 70.6%
% Below Poverty Level 29.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 8.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $784
Median House Value $121,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.3%
US/American 0%
English 2.3%
Irish 6.1%

Milwaukee Almanac

Category Value
County Milwaukee
Standard Zip Codes 53202, 53203, 53204, 53205, 53206, 53207, 53208, 53209, 53210, 53211, 53212, 53213, 53214, 53215, 53216, 53217, 53218, 53219, 53220, 53221, 53222, 53223, 53224, 53225, 53226, 53227, 53228, 53233, 53235
P.O. Box Zip Codes 53201, 53234, 53237
Company Zip Codes 53259, 53263, 53267, 53268, 53274, 53278, 53288, 53290, 53293, 53295
Phone Area Codes 414
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.038
Longitude -87.906

Milwaukee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WEST ALLIS
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Station MILWAUKEE MT MARY COL
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 32 inches
Station GERMANTOWN
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Milwaukee, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bay View (53207)

Bayview (53207, 53235)

Wawatosa (53210, 53213, 53222, 53226)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Shorewood 13,245 $103,628
St. Francis 9,488 $65,795

Milwaukee Public Libraries

Library
Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. WISCONSIN AVE.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(414) 286-3000

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Milwaukee Hospitals

WHEATON FRANCISCAN HEALTHCARE- ST JOSEPH
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
5000 W CHAMBERS ST
(414) 447-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

COLUMBIA CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2025 E NEWPORT AVE STE 3000
(414) 961-3590
Emergency Service: No

COLUMBIA ST MARYS HSPTL MILW (COL & MILW CAMPUS)
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2323 N LAKE DR
(414) 291-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

AURORA ST LUKES MED CTR
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2900 W OKLAHOMA AVE
(414) 649-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

WHEATON FRANCISCAN HEALTHCARE- ST FRANCIS
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3237 S 16TH ST
(414) 647-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

FROEDTERT MEM LUTHERAN HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
9200 W WISCONSIN AVE
(414) 805-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

AURORA SINAI MEDICAL CTR
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
945 N 12TH ST BOX 342
(414) 219-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center
(VA)
5000 West National Avenue
(888) 469-6614 or (414) 384-2000
Emergency Service:

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Milwaukee High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

HAMILTON HI
6215 W WARNIMONT AVE
414-327-9300
A Title I School.
Serves 2,052 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

BAY VIEW HI
2751 S LENOX ST
414-294-2400
A Title I School.
Serves 1,789 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

SOUTH DIVISION HI
1515 W LAPHAM BLVD
414-902-8300
A Title I School.
Serves 1,699 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

RIVERSIDE HI
1615 E LOCUST ST
414-906-4900
A Title I School.
Serves 1,629 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

PULASKI HI
2500 W OKLAHOMA AVE
414-902-8900
A Title I School.
Serves 1,623 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

VINCENT HI
7501 N GRANVILLE RD
262-236-1200
A Title I School.
Serves 1,536 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

BRADLEY TECHNOLOGY & TRADE HI
700 S FOURTH ST
414-212-2400
A Title I School.
Serves 1,531 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

MADISON HI
8135 W FLORIST AVE
414-393-6100
A Title I School.
Serves 1,508 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

WASHINGTON HI
2525 N SHERMAN BLVD
414-875-5900
A Title I School.
Serves 1,467 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

KING HI
1801 W OLIVE ST
414-267-0700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,420 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

MARSHALL HI
4141 N 64TH ST
414-393-2300
A Title I School.
Serves 1,365 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

CUSTER HI
5075 N SHERMAN BLVD
414-393-4900
A Title I School.
Serves 1,162 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

MILWAUKEE SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES
8400 W BURLEIGH ST
414-393-5700
A Title I School.
Serves 973 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

MILWAUKEE HI SCH OF THE ARTS
2300 W HIGHLAND AVE
414-934-7000
A Title I School.
Serves 941 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

JUNEAU HI
6415 W MOUNT VERNON AVE
414-256-8200
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 904 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

NORTH DIVISION HI
1011 W CENTER ST
414-267-4900
A Title I School.
Serves 842 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

WI CONSRV LIFELONG LEARNING
3120 W GREEN AVE
414-304-6800
A Title I School.
Serves 723 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

KILMER SOUTH ALTERNATIVE HI
4807 S 2ND ST
414-769-7140
A Non-traditional School
Serves 349 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

WISCONSIN CAREER ACADEMY
4801 S 2ND ST
414-483-8070
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 346 students.

METROPOLITAN HI
850 W WALNUT ST
414-267-5400
A Title I School.
Serves 244 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

GRANDVIEW ALTERNATIVE HI PART
1445 S 32ND ST
414-672-1168
Serves 227 students.

MILW SCH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
6914 W APPLETON AVE
414-438-5200
A Title I School.
Serves 179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

LEARNING ENTERPRISE OF WI
4744 N 39TH ST
414-461-9500
Serves 178 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 178

PROJECT STAY SENIOR INSTITUTE
609 N 8TH ST
414-298-9350
A Non-traditional School
Serves 173 students.

VERITAS HI
3025 W OKLAHOMA AVE
414-389-5575
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 173 students.

AFRO URBAN INSTITUTE
600 W WALNUT ST
414-562-6969
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 159 students.

LADY PITTS SCHOOL AGE PARENT
5075 N SHERMAN BLVD
414-393-2900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 152 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

NEW SCH FOR COMM SERV
606 W WISCONSIN AVE
414-273-6690
A Title I School.
Serves 128 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

PHOENIX
3620 N 18TH ST
414-875-6438
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

CORNERSTONE ACHIEV ACAD
3040 W CAPITOL DR
414-562-1797
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 107

SPOTTED EAGLE HI (MAAIC)
3134 W STATE ST
414-342-0706
Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 105

EL PUENTE HI
611 W NATIONAL AVE
414-672-1237
Serves 104 students.

PROJECT STAY
609 N 8TH ST
414-225-6380
A Non-traditional School
Serves 104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

SHALOM HI
1749 N 16TH ST
414-933-5019
Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 101

HR ACADEMY/GLOBAL AWARENESS
1220 W ATKINSON
414-466-1800
Serves 99 students.

MILWAUKEE SPECTRUM SCHOOL
3434 N 38TH ST
414-442-8011
Serves 95 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 95

LOYOLA ACADEMY
1645 S 36TH ST
414-672-6868
Serves 90 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 90

MATC-PROJECT HOLD
700 W STATE ST
414-297-7991
Serves 84 students.

AURORA WEIER EDL CENTE
2669 N RICHARDS ST
414-562-8398
Serves 79 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 79

ASSATA
4920 N SHERMAN BLVD
414-536-6742
Serves 77 students.

LRNG ENTERPRISE VOC & TRNG
8920 W BROWN DEER RD
414-362-9710
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 64 students.

NOVA HIGH
3718 W LANCASTER AVE
414-438-8320
Serves 56 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 56

ST CHARLES YOUTH&FAM EXED
151 S 84TH ST
414-476-3710
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 39.2

MILW CO YOUTH EDUC CENTER
949 N 9TH ST
414-225-6381
A Non-traditional School
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

CAREER YOUTH DVLP SCH EXCEL
3026 W CONCORDIA AVE
414-449-5960
Serves 39 students.

LAD LAKE SYNERGY NORTH HS
2004 N 33RD ST
414-871-5600
Serves 35 students.

ST CHARLES INTENSIVE DAY TREAT
151 S 84TH ST
414-476-3710
Serves 34 students.

LAD LAKE ULTRA
2004 N 33RD ST
414-647-1771
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

PROJECT SCHOOL TO WORK
609 N 8TH ST
414-276-4992
A Special Education School
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

PROJECT EXCEL
621 S 4TH ST
414-224-1066
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

ST CHARLES BEHAV -SUCCESS ACAD
151 S 84TH ST
414-476-3710
Serves 12 students.

MILWAUKEE SECURE DETENTION FAC
PO BOX 05704
414-212-3535
A Non-traditional School

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Milwaukee (yacht club boat house) between 1880 and 1899

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