The History of Wisconsin and Milwaukee’s Population Growth

Milwaukee has always been Wisconsin’s primary city and was the 11th-largest in the U.S. in 1960. 

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Year

1859

1860

1870

1880

1890

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2010

2019

City

20,061

45,246

71,440

115,587

204,468

285,315

373,857

457,147

578,249

587,472

637,392

741,324

717,099

636,212

628,088

596,974

594,833

590,157

State

305,391

775,881

1,054,670

1,315,497

1,686,880

2,069,042

2,333,860

2,632,067

2,939,006

3,137,587

3,434,575

3,951,777

4,417,731

4,705, 767

4,891,769

5,363,675

5,686,986

5,822,434


This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s January issue.

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