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Population
  2010 2012
Population 5,686,986 5,726,398
Median Age 38.5 38.9
Total 8 year-olds 73,879 74,264
Boys 37,598 37,932
Girls 36,281 36,332
Total 9 year-olds 74,892 72,960
Boys 38,259 37,399
Girls 36,633 35,561
Total 10 year-olds 76,071 73,282
Boys 38,969 37,315
Girls 37,102 35,967
Total 11 year-olds 74,806 74,429
Boys 38,147 37,973
Girls 36,659 36,456
Total 12 year-olds 74,635 76,151
Boys 38,099 38,949
Girls 36,536 37,202
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 80.5% 80.2%
Car Pool 8.8% 8.9%
Public Transportation 1.7% 1.8%
Work at Home 4.2% 3.9%

Geography
Capital Madison
Largest City Milwaukee
Second Largest City Madison
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 105

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 2,028 2,115
Amusement Parks 10 8
Fast-Food Restaurants 3,349 3,472
Toy Stores 205 190
Video/Disc Rental Stores 234 120
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 19 20
Candy & Nut Stores 63 56
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 158 158
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 6 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.