Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee profile

Living in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a very large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 577,222 people and 210 constituent neighborhoods, Milwaukee is the largest community in Wisconsin.

Unlike some cities, Milwaukee isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Milwaukee are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Milwaukee is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Milwaukee who work in office and administrative support (11.30%), sales jobs (8.01%), and food service (7.21%).

Also of interest is that Milwaukee has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Milwaukee is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Milwaukee is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Milwaukee is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Milwaukee really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Milwaukee citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Milwaukee ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Milwaukee a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The education level of Milwaukee citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.64% of adults in Milwaukee have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Milwaukee in 2018 was $24,167, which is low income relative to Wisconsin, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,668 for a family of four. However, Milwaukee contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Milwaukee is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Milwaukee home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Milwaukee residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Milwaukee also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Milwaukee include German, Polish, Irish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Milwaukee is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.