Welcome to Wisconsin
"The Badger State"
Wisconsin is probably known for its cheese more than anything—it leads the nation in cheese production and produces more dairy products than any other state except California. Cheese remains such an economic and even cultural stalwart in the state that residents are often referred to, for better or worse, as "Cheeseheads." Home to Miller Brewing Company, its largest city, Milwaukee, was once an even greater brewing behemoth, and a love of beer (and alcohol in general) permeates the state. Interestingly, manufacturing is actually the largest revenue generator for Wisconsin, not cheese, and Milwaukee's modern economy places its emphasis on healthcare.
Wisconsin also ranks first nationwide in the production of paper products, and tourism is the state's third-largest industry. In a state known as "America's Dairyland," almost 70 percent of Wisconsinites actually reside in urban areas. Nestled in the country's Midwest, often thought of as a conservative stronghold, the state is nevertheless synonymous with progressive politics. The first Socialist mayor of a large U.S. city was Emil Seidel, elected mayor of Milwaukee in 1910, and the "Wisconsin Idea" exemplified the Progressive movement within colleges and universities at the turn of the 20th century.
State Name: Wisconsin
State Nicknames: "The Badger State," "America's Dairyland"
State Motto: "Forward"
Name for Residents: Wisconsinite
Time Zone: Central, GMT/UTC -6 / -5 (Daylight Savings Time)
Capital City: Madison
Date of Statehood: May 29, 1848
Statehood Rank: 30th State
Area: 65,498 square miles (169,639 km²)
Area Rank: 23 of 50
Number of Counties: 72
State Population: 5,627,967 (2008 estimate)
Milwaukee - 602,782 (2006 est.)
Madison - 223,389 (2006 est.)
Green Bay - 100,353 (2006 est.)
Wisconsin River - Length: 430 mi (692 km)
Rock River - Length: 285 mi (459 km)
Menominee River - Length: 118 mi (190 km)
Highest Point: Timms Hill, 1,951 ft (595 m)
Lowest Point: Lake Michigan, 579 ft (176 m)
Bordering States and Countries:
Record High Temperature:
July 13, 1936 at Wisconsin Dells
Record Low Temperature:
February 4, 1996 at Couderay
Wisconsin State Flag
Wisconsin State Seal
Wisconsin Location Map
|Author: World Trade Press|