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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Education and City Information

The largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee spans almost a hundred square miles. It has a dozen nonprofit colleges and universities, including the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

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Information about Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee has a population of nearly 600,000, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Only around 45 percent of Milwaukee residents identified as white in 2010, compared to more than 86 percent statewide. Forty percent of residents identified as black or African American and more than 17 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The median income for a household was $35,489 for 2010-2014, and almost 23 percent of residents had at least a bachelor's degree.

There is no shortage of fun to be had in Milwaukee. Professional sports teams, such as the Brewers, Bucks and Admirals, call it home, as does the Florentine Opera, a professional ballet company and a symphony orchestra. In the summer months, the city puts on the largest music festival in the world, called Summerfest. Located near Lake Michigan, Milwaukee experiences four distinct seasons with cold winters and mild summers. The lake effect means that winters tend to be warmer and summers cooler, but relative humidity is far higher than comparable cities.

Milwaukee Educational Opportunities

The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee has the largest enrollment of schools in the city, and there are several smaller, private universities as well. These include Marquette University, ranked 86th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, ranked 15th among regional universities in the Midwest. Milwaukee Area Technical College is the only public 2-year school in the city.

Milwaukee Economy and Industry Outlook

As a major hub in the Wisconsin economy, Milwaukee has broken free of its dependence on breweries to expand into other sectors. Leading industries in Milwaukee include Harley-Davidson, Briggs and Stratton, GE Healthcare Technologies and Northwestern Mutual.

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