Wisconsin - The Badger State

  • Chequamegon National Forest
  • The Driftless Bluffs, near La Crosse
  • Kettle Bowl Ski Area
  • St. Croix National River
Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison

The European history of Wisconsin began with the founding of a French colony at Green Bay in 1634. France transferred the property to Great Britain in 1763 who then transferred it to the Commonwealth of American States in 1783. The United States didn't really take possession of the territory until after the War of 1812.

The Wisconsin Glaciation of the last Ice Age left Wisconsin blessed with hundreds of lakes, streams and rolling hills. The Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin was the only part of the state not covered by the ice, and the height of the bluffs and depth of the river valleys reflect that. Today, about 46% of the state is still forested. And as much as so many of us perceive of Wisconsin as being an agricultural state, manufacturing accounts for a far greater part of the economy. Wisconsin still out-ranks California in cheese production but runs behind California in overall milk and butter production. The third largest driver of Wisconsin's economy is tourism.

Milwaukee at night
The US Bank tower in Milwaukee
Fast Facts about Wisconsin
Capital: Madison
Largest City: Milwaukee
Admitted to the Union: May 29, 1848 : 30th
Area: 65,498 square miles : 23rd
Highest Point: Timms Hill : 1,951'
Lowest Point: Lake Michigan : 579'
2010 Wisconsin Population Demographics
Total Population 5,686,986
Males 2,822,400
Females 2,864,586
Population by Age
Under 18 1,339,492
18 & over 4,347,494
20-24 386,552
25-34 721,694
35-49 1,163,293
50-64 1,135,937
65 & over 777,314
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 336,056
Non Hispanic or Latino 5,350,930
Population by Race
White 4,902,067
African-American 359,148
Asian 129,234
Native American 54,526
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1,827
Other 135,867
Two or more 104,317
Map of Wisconsin