56 Facts About Milwaukee


Today, Milwaukee is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the U S However, it continues to be one of the most racially segregated, largely as a result of early-20th-century redlining.

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In recent years, Milwaukee has been undergoing its largest construction boom since the 1960s.

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Since 1968, Milwaukee has been home to Summerfest, one of the largest music festivals in the world.

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Name "Milwaukee" comes from the Algonquian word, meaning "good", "beautiful", and "pleasant land" or "gathering place [by the water]" (Potawatomi: manwaking, Ojibwe: omaniwakiing).

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The first recorded inhabitants of the Milwaukee area are the Menominee, Fox, Mascouten, Sauk, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe; and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago, a Siouan people) Native American tribes.

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Milwaukee ensured the roads running toward the river did not join with those on the east side.

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Milwaukee claimed land to the south of the Milwaukee River, along with Juneautown, where he built a log house in 1834.

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Milwaukee began to grow as a city as high numbers of immigrants, mainly German, made their way to Wisconsin during the 1840s and 1850s.

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The largest number of German immigrants to Milwaukee came from Prussia, followed by Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover, and Hesse-Darmstadt.

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Milwaukee gained its reputation as the most German of American cities not just from the large number of German immigrants it received, but for the sense of community which the immigrants established here.

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Milwaukee has the fifth-largest Polish population in the U S at 45, 467, ranking behind New York City, Chicago (165, 784), Los Angeles (60, 316) and Philadelphia (52, 648).

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Milwaukee has a strong Greek Orthodox Community, many of whom attend the Greek Orthodox Church on Milwaukee's northwest side, designed by Wisconsin-born architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Milwaukee has a sizable Croatian population, with Croatian churches and their own historic and successful soccer club The Croatian Eagles at the 30-acre Croatian Park in Franklin, Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee has a large Serbian population, who have developed Serbian restaurants, a Serbian K–8 School, and Serbian churches, along with an American Serb Hall.

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The American Serb Hall in Milwaukee is known for its Friday fish fries and popular events.

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Milwaukee had a population of 594, 833 by 2010, while the population of the overall metropolitan area increased.

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Largely through its efforts to preserve its history, Milwaukee was named one of the "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2006.

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Milwaukee is crossed by Interstate 43 and Interstate 94, which come together downtown at the Marquette Interchange.

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In 2009 the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee established the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, the first graduate school of limnology in the United States.

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Milwaukee is the 31st most populous city in the United States, and anchors the 39th most populous Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States.

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In 2012, Milwaukee was listed as a gamma global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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In 2003, a non-peer reviewed study was conducted by hired researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee which claimed Milwaukee is not "hypersegregated" and instead ranks as the 43rd most integrated city in America.

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In 2015, Milwaukee was rated as the "worst city for black Americans" based on disparities in employment and income levels.

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St Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral is a landmark of the Serbian community in Milwaukee, located by the American Serb hall, which the congregation operated until putting it up for sale in January 2021 due to financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Milwaukee area has two stakes, with fourteen wards and four branches among them.

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Milwaukee's founding fathers had a vision for the city: they knew it was perfectly situated as a port city, a center for collecting and distributing produce.

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Milwaukee did solidify its place as the commercial capital of Wisconsin and an important market in the Midwest.

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Early in the 20th century, Milwaukee was home to several pioneer brass era automobile makers, including Ogren.

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Milwaukee became synonymous with Germans and beer beginning in the 1840s.

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Milwaukee was once the home to four of the world's largest beer breweries, and was the number one beer producing city in the world for many years.

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Milwaukee is the home to the international headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies: Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Manpower, Rockwell Automation, and Harley-Davidson.

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Milwaukee has a large number of financial service firms, particularly those specializing in mutual funds and transaction processing systems, and a number of publishing and printing companies.

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Milwaukee is a popular location for sailing, boating, and kayaking on Lake Michigan, ethnic dining, and cultural festivals.

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Milwaukee has some 75 sculptures to honor the many people and topics reflecting the city's history.

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Milwaukee supported the NFL's Milwaukee Badgers in the 1920s, and today the city is considered a home market for the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

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Former season ticketholders for the Milwaukee games continue to receive preference for one pre-season and the second and fifth regular season games at Lambeau Field each season, along with playoff games through a lottery under the "Gold Package" plan.

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Milwaukee has a rich history of involvement in professional and nonprofessional sports, since the 19th century.

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Milwaukee was the host city of the International Cycling Classic, which included the men's and women's Superweek Pro Tour races, featuring professional and amateur cyclists and teams from across the U S and more than 20 foreign countries.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have won two NBA Championships, in 1971 and 2021.

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Milwaukee County is known for its well-developed Parks of Milwaukee park system.

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Milwaukee has over 140 parks with over 15, 000 acres of parks and parkways.

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Monarch Trail, on the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa, is a 1.

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Milwaukee has been a Democratic stronghold for more than a century at the federal level.

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Milwaukee makes up the overwhelming majority of Wisconsin's 4th congressional district.

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In 2001 and 2007, Milwaukee ranked among the ten most dangerous large cities in the United States.

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In 2018, Milwaukee was ranked the eighth most dangerous city in the US.

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In 2020, Milwaukee recorded 189 homicides, exceeding the all-time homicide record of 174 which was set in 1993.

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Milwaukee is home to over two dozen private or parochial high schools, such as Marquette University High School, and many private and parochial middle and elementary schools.

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Milwaukee's public broadcasting stations are WMVS 10 and WMVT 36.

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Milwaukee has two airports: Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport on the southern edge of the city, which handles the region's commercial traffic, and Lawrence J Timmerman Airport (KMWC), known locally as Timmerman Field, on the northwest side along Appleton Avenue.

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In 2010, the Milwaukee area was ranked the 4th best city for commuters by Forbes.

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Milwaukee connects with Muskegon, Michigan, through the Lake Express high-speed auto and passenger ferry.

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Milwaukee has over 105 miles of bicycle lanes and trails, most of which run alongside or near its rivers and Lake Michigan.

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In 2006, Milwaukee obtained bronze-level status from the League of American Bicyclists, a rarity for a city its size.

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The City of Milwaukee installed another ten Bublr Bikes stations in October 2016, and the adjacent suburb of Wauwatosa installed eight stations in September 2016, which will bring the system size to 58 stations by the end of 2016.

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Construction on the Milwaukee Streetcar began March 2017, with initial operation by mid-2018.

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