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Population
  2010 2011
Population 5,686,986 5,711,767
State Rank 20 20
Median Age 38.5 38.7
Total 8 year-olds 73,879 72,929
Boys 37,598 37,380
Girls 36,281 35,549
Total 9 year-olds 74,892 73,312
Boys 38,259 37,254
Girls 36,633 36,058
Total 10 year-olds 76,071 74,369
Boys 38,969 37,966
Girls 37,102 36,403
Total 11 year-olds 74,806 76,084
Boys 38,147 38,934
Girls 36,659 37,150
Total 12 year-olds 74,635 74,684
Boys 38,099 38,114
Girls 36,536 36,570
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 80.5% 79.8%
Car Pool 8.8% 8.9%
Public Transportation 1.7% 2.0%
Work at Home 4.2% 4.3%

Geography
Capital Madison
Largest City Milwaukee
Second Largest City Madison
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 105.0

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 2,154 2,028
Amusement Parks 16 10
Fast-Food Restaurants 3,483 4,113
Toy Stores 239 205
Video/Disc Rental Stores 367 234
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 12 19
Candy & Nut Stores 83 63
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 151 158
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 11 6

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: May 29, 1848
  • Population 1850: 305,391
  • Population 1900: 2,069,042
  • Population 1950: 3,434,575
  • Population 2000: 5,363,675

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: America's Dairyland
  • Flower: Wood Violet
  • Tree: Sugar Maple
  • Bird: Robin
  • Animal: Badger
  • Dance: Polka
  • Drink: Milk
  • Dog: American Water Spaniel

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.