Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state in terms of its physical size and has the 20th highest state population. Nicknamed the ‘Badger State’, Wisconsin is located in the Midwest region of America around the Great Lakes. The modest population increase in Wisconsin has mainly been observed in major urban areas. In fact, rural areas of the state have been shrinking as of late. Bigger counties have also had a significant population increase compared to the rest of the counties 40 of which have decreased in population over the past five years.
Largest Cities in Wisconsin
Spread out across Milwaukee County, Washington County, and Waukesha County, the city of Milwaukee is the largest in the state of Wisconsin. It covers an area of 96.84 square miles and has an estimated population of 595,000 people, with over 1.5 million in the surrounding metropolitan area. The name of the city is derived from an Algonquian word which means ‘beautiful land’.
Situated in Dane County in the south-central part of the state, Madison is the state capital of Wisconsin and the state’s second-biggest city. It covers an area of 94.03 square miles and has an estimated population of 255,000 people, with over 600,000 in the metropolitan area. Madison was founded in the early 19th century and named after James Madison, one of the Founding Fathers.
- Green Bay
Located in Brown County in the eastern part of the state, Green Bay is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin. It covers an area of 55.96 square miles and has an estimated population of 105,000 people, with over 320,000 living in the metropolitan area. The city is named after Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan.
Situated in Kenosha County on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Kenosha is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin. The city of Kenosha covers an area of 27.03 square miles and has an estimated population of 99,000. The name of the city comes from a Native American word ‘Kenozia’ meaning ‘Place of the pike’, in relation to the fish that can be found spawning in the waters nearby.
Located in Racine County in the southeastern part of the state, Racine is the fifth biggest city in Wisconsin. It is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan on the banks of the Root River. The city gets its name from the nearby river, with ‘Racine’ being the French word for ‘Root’.