Milwaukee, WI
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Living in Milwaukee


Milwaukee is a very large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 595,351 people and 210 constituent neighborhoods, Milwaukee is the largest community in Wisconsin.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Milwaukee is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Milwaukee is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Milwaukee who work in office and administrative support (13.81%), sales jobs (8.48%), and food service (7.95%).

One thing noticeable about Milwaukee, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Milwaukee is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Milwaukee a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Milwaukee is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Milwaukee is having a public transportation system, but in Milwaukee the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Milwaukee benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The education level of Milwaukee citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.81% of adults in Milwaukee have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Milwaukee in 2010 was $21,627, 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 $86,508 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 18.43% 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 Miao/Hmong.