Population of Wisconsin 2021

Population

With its 5,709,843 residents (2011), Wisconsin ranks 20th in the list of American states, has about 400,000 fewer residents than Hesse and, with 33.7 residents per square kilometer, is only half as densely populated as Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

86.2% of the population are white, 6.3% African-American, 2.9% Hispanic, around 2.3% Asians, around 1.0% of Indian origin and 2.3% of other origins.

Wisconsin is regularly recorded as the worst African American state. Wisconsin has the highest black child mortality rate in the United States; in Milwaukee it is twice as high among black babies as it is among white ones. The black population is often below the poverty line or in custody, well above average. Seventy percent of black people in the state live in Milwaukee, where nearly half of all African American men between 20 and 40 have already been sentenced to prison. During the 2010 US Census, 12.8% of all black men in Wisconsin were in custody, the highest in the US. In addition, there are particularly strict criminal laws that disproportionately affect African Americans.

Historically, there are close ties between Germany and Wisconsin. Almost half of the population comes from German immigrants. City names such as Berlin, New Berlin, Kiel, New Holstein and Rhinelander indicate the origin of the town’s founders. Especially after the failed revolution of 1848, many disappointed and persecuted German democrats were drawn to this part of the USA, which had only recently been opened for settlement.

The largest city in the state, Milwaukee, was also heavily influenced by German influences. According to Samuel Freeman’s The Emigrant Handbook, in 1851 there were six German-language newspapers in the city that was nicknamed “German Athens”. By 1880, 27 percent of the city’s population were native Germans.

One of the legacies of the first generation of immigrants was the pronounced community spirit of the Milwaukee citizens. The city has always been very progressive in social matters. In 1910 Emil Seidel became the first socialist mayor of a major city in the USA.

The German immigrants also left their mark on the culinary front. The large breweries Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz and Miller earned Milwaukee the reputation of the American beer capital. Sausages and sauerkraut are still very popular today. Even the fast food chain McDonald’s had sausages on offer for a short time in Wisconsin, which are mostly just called brats.

However, the First World War led to the emphasis on German traditions and the reference to the old homeland being severely restricted. Even the sauerkraut was temporarily renamed liberty cabbage ; This partly forced, partly voluntary assimilation came to an end during the Second World War.

The Germanfest takes place annually in Milwaukee.

Top Counties by Population in Wisconsin

Rank County Name Population Population Density (per kmĀ²)
1 Milwaukee County 947,746 1,516.39
2 Dane County 488,084 157.40
3 Waukesha County 389,902 274.00
4 Brown County 248,018 180.77
5 Racine County 195,419 226.97
6 Outagamie County 176,706 107.03
7 Winnebago County 167,005 148.45
8 Kenosha County 166,437 236.42
9 Rock County 160,342 86.21
10 Marathon County 134,074 33.51
11 Washington County 131,898 118.19
12 Sheboygan County 115,518 87.25
13 La Crosse County 114,649 97.99
14 Walworth County 102,239 71.10
15 Fond du Lac County 101,644 54.53
16 Eau Claire County 98,747 59.77
17 Dodge County 88,770 39.14
18 Ozaukee County 86,406 143.06
19 St. Croix County 84,356 45.09
20 Jefferson County 83,697 58.08
21 Manitowoc County 81,453 53.38
22 Wood County 74,760 36.40
23 Portage County 70,030 33.77
24 Chippewa County 62,426 23.90
25 Sauk County 61,987 28.80
26 Columbia County 56,844 28.67
27 Waupaca County 52,421 27.06
28 Grant County 51,219 17.25
29 Calumet County 48,982 59.44
30 Barron County 45,881 20.54
31 Monroe County 44,684 19.15
32 Polk County 44,216 18.68
33 Douglas County 44,170 13.08
34 Dunn County 43,868 19.92
35 Shawano County 41,960 18.14
36 Marinette County 41,760 11.52
37 Pierce County 41,030 27.61
38 Oconto County 37,671 14.57
39 Green County 36,853 24.37
40 Oneida County 36,009 12.49
41 Clark County 34,701 11.08
42 Vernon County 29,784 14.53
43 Trempealeau County 28,827 15.19
44 Lincoln County 28,754 12.63
45 Door County 27,796 22.27
46 Juneau County 26,675 13.43
47 Waushara County 24,507 15.11
48 Iowa County 23,698 12.00
49 Vilas County 21,441 9.66
50 Adams County 20,886 12.49
51 Taylor County 20,700 8.20
52 Kewaunee County 20,585 23.21
53 Jackson County 20,460 8.00
54 Langlade County 19,988 8.86
55 Green Lake County 19,062 21.06
56 Richland County 18,032 11.88
57 Lafayette County 16,847 10.27
58 Crawford County 16,655 11.27
59 Sawyer County 16,568 5.09
60 Ashland County 16,168 5.97
61 Washburn County 15,922 7.71
62 Burnett County 15,468 7.27
63 Marquette County 15,415 13.06
64 Bayfield County 15,025 3.93
65 Rusk County 14,766 6.24
66 Price County 14,170 4.36
67 Buffalo County 13,598 7.81
68 Forest County 9,315 3.55
69 Pepin County 7,480 12.45
70 Iron County 5,927 3.02
71 Florence County 4,434 3.51
72 Menominee County 4,243 4.58

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