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Wisconsin State Profile

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Population

  • With 5,536,201 residents in 2005, Wisconsin is the 20th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Wisconsin grew 3.2 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Wisconsin is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 87.4% 87.1% 86.8% 86.5% 86.2% 86.0%
Hispanic, Latino 3.6% 3.8% 4.0% 4.2% 4.3% 4.5%
African-American 5.6% 5.7% 5.7% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
Native American, AK Native 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9%
Asian, Pacific Islander 1.7% 1.8% 1.8% 1.9% 1.9% 2.0%
Two or More Races 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Wisconsin - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Wisconsin are Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Madison, Green Bay, and Appleton.
  • Milwaukee had an estimated population of 1,512,855 in 2005 – the 37th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Madison (the capital of WI) in 2005 was 537,039 – the 90th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Green Bay was the 154th largest metropolitan area with 297,493 residents.
  • The Appleton MSA had 215,143 residents – the 193rd largest in the U.S.

Wisconsin - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Wisconsin ranked 21st among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($32,166 per resident).
  • Wisconsin’s personal income per capita has been below the U.S. average since 1960. It was well below the U.S. average in 1985 and 1990 and has recovered some since 1990 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Wisconsin as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Wisconsin per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Wisconsin has the 10th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (10.2%) and the 12th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (13.9%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Wisconsin - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Wisconsin ranked 13th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (91.8%).
  • Wisconsin ranked 26th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (27.3%) and 29th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (8.7%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Wisconsin has larger percentages of adults who have completed just a high school diploma, some college, and an associate’s degree and smaller percentages with bachelor’s degrees and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Wisconsin and the U.S. Average
Wisconsin education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Wisconsin - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Wisconsin had the 21st lowest unemployment rate of all states – 4.7 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Wisconsin has a much larger percentage of its workforce employed in production and transportation occupations, a slightly larger percentage in farming, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Wisconsin’s employment in the manufacturing industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Wisconsin ranked 40th among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Wisconsin - Health and Well-Being

  • 10.4 percent of Wisconsin residents do not have health insurance – the 5th lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 23.2 percent of Wisconsin residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – slightly higher than the national average of 23.1 percent. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Wisconsin, 201 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – slightly lower than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Wisconsin residents (313 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Wisconsin ranked 13th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Wisconsin - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Wisconsin had the 6th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (210 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,663 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Wisconsin – well below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Wisconsin had the 26th highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 417 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Wisconsin has remained below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Wisconsin and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Wisconsin and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Wisconsin Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Wisconsin ranges from $19,051 in Menominee County to $50,543 in Ozaukee County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 10.2 percent in Menominee County to 43.5 percent in Dane County (a ratio of more than 4 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

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