Milwaukee, WI
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Milwaukee is a very large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 600,155 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 (13.97%), sales jobs (8.73%), and food service (7.90%).

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 citizens of Milwaukee are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.28% of adults in Milwaukee having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Milwaukee in 2010 was $20,018, 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 $80,072 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 17.98% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Milwaukee include Polish, Irish, Italian, and English.

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