Profile for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WI
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Milwaukee is a city in Milwaukee County.
It is the county seat.
The community name has been translated as "gathering place by the river," "good land" and "there is a good point."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Wisconsin named Milwaukee. For links to other places called Milwaukee, WI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Milwaukee is 43.038N. The longitude is -87.906W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 617 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 586,941.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Milwaukee demographic reports
Milwaukee is on Lake Michigan.
Former and merged names include:
German brewers began making lager here in the 1840s.
Public transportation: Milwaukee County Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 5,289. The number of murders and homicides was 109. The violent crime rate was 8.9 per 1,000 people.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2006.
Local foods: beer, brats, frozen custard
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Rudy"
· 1989 movie, "Major League"
· 2004 movie, "Mr. 3000"
Setting for 1970s-1980s TV show, "Laverne & Shirley"
Census 2000 highlights: 19th largest city in the U.S., by population
Well-known residents have included:
· William Rehnquist, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
· Spencer Tracy, actor
· Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel
Local bands (past and present) have included Violent Femmes
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Jo to Go, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Irish Fest - Aug. 16-19, 2007
- Lakefront Festival of the Arts - June 15-17, 2007
- Serbian Days - Aug. 24-26, 2007
- Highland Games & Scottish Fest - June 2, 2007
- Fiesta Boricua - Sept. 2, 2007
- Festa Italiana - July 19-22, 2007
- German Fest - July 26-29, 2007
- Arab World Fest - Aug. 10-12, 2007
- Polish Fest - June 22-24, 2007
- Mexican Fiesta - Aug. 24-26, 2007
- Indian Summer Festival - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- International Film Festival - Oct. 20-30, 2007
- Bastille Days - July 12-15, 2007
- Riversplash - June 1-3, 2007
- African World Festival - Aug. 3-5, 2007
- Summerfest - June 28-July 8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Milwaukee web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Havenwoods State Forest, Hank Aaron State Trail
Milwaukee attractions: Schlitz Audubon Center, Wehr Nature Center, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee County Zoo, Mitchell Park Conservatory, casino
Sports teams: Brewers (NL), Admirals (AHL), Bucks (NBA)
Historic sites and museums: Milwaukee Public Museum, America's Black Holocaust Museum, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Discovery World: James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics & Technology, Milwaukee Art Museum, Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design
Colleges and universities:
Marquette University, University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 108
A man who lives in Milwaukee is judged by the beer he drinks.
-- An American Notebook
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Ancestry & family history
20% of Milwaukee residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Milwaukee ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Milwaukee was $16,181, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Milwaukee residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Milwaukee festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Riversplash - J
- German Fest - J
- Summerfest - J
- Polish Fest - J
- Lakefront Festival of the Arts - J
- Indian Summer Festival - S
- Highland Games & Scottish Fest - J
- Bastille Days - J
- Festa Italiana - J
- African World Festival - A
- Arab World Fest - A
- Irish Fest - A
- Mexican Fiesta - A
- Serbian Days - A
- International Film Festival - O
- Fiesta Boricua - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Milwaukee include American System Built Homes - Burnham Street District, Bay View Historic District, Brewers Hill Historic District, Cass - Juneau Street Historic District, Cass - Wells Street Historic District, Concordia Historic District, East Brady Street Historic District, East Side Commercial Historic District, First Ward Triangle Historic District, Gallun Tannery Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Milwaukee, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $453. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $863.
Libraries in Milwaukee include Atkinson Branch, Bay View, Capitol Branch, Center Street Branch, Milwaukee Public Library, Villard Avenue Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Milwaukee include Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
TV stations in Milwaukee include WCGV, WDJT, WISN, WITI, WMKE-CA, WMVS, WMVT, WTMJ, WVCY, WVTV.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WUWM.
Milwaukee County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Milwaukee political report.
Milwaukee restaurants taking online reservations include Bacchus, Capital Grille - Milwaukee, Coast Restaurant, Il Mito, Kil@Wat, Lake Park Bistro, Milwaukee Chophouse, Ristorante Bartolotta, Sauce, Third Street Pier ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Milwaukee workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 97 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Milwaukee between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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~ An American Notebook
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