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.

Milwaukee is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.20%), sales jobs (8.79%), and food service (7.81%).

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: 22.76% of adults in Milwaukee have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Milwaukee in 2010 was $19,636, 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 $78,544 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Milwaukee also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.74% 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.