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Nickname: "The City of Festivals, The Brew City, The Cream City, The Nation's Watering Hole"

Location of Milwaukee in
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Coordinates 4303'00?N, 8757'00?W
County Milwaukee
Mayor Tom Barrett
Geographical characteristics
  City 251.0 km
    Land   248.8 km
    Water   2.2 km
  City (2004) 583,624
    Density   2399.5/km
  Metro 1,708,738
Time zone
  Summer (DST) CST (UTC-6)
Website: http://www.city.milwaukee.gov www.city.milwaukee.gov
For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation).
Milwaukee is the largest city within the state of Wisconsin and 22nd-largest in the United States. The city is the county seat of Milwaukee County, located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, and is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Chicago. As of the 2004 U.S. Census estimate, Milwaukee had a population of 583,624. The city is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area with a population of 1.7 million [1]
The first Europeans to pass through the area were French missionaries and traders. In 1818, Frenchman Solomon Juneau settled in the area, and in 1846 Juneau's town combined with two neighboring towns to incorporate as the City of Milwaukee. Large numbers of German and other immigrants helped increase the city's population during the 1840s and the following decades.
Milwaukee is known as "The City of Festivals" for its great number of ethnic and musical festivals, the largest of which is Summerfest. It has also been called "the nation's watering hole," having more bars per capita than any other large city in the country. Milwaukee residents are known as Milwaukeeans. Milwaukeeans often comment that Milwaukee feels like "a big small town."

1 History
1.1 Pre-1800
1.2 1800 - 1849
1.3 1850 - 1949
1.4 1950 - Present
1.5 Milwaukee's name
2 Geography and climate
2.1 Cityscape
2.2 Climate
3 Demographics
3.1 Population
3.2 Race and ethnicity
3.3 Religion
4 Transportation
5 Economy
6 Culture and sports
6.1 Museums
6.2 Performing Arts
6.3 Social Life
6.4 Festivals
6.5 Music
6.6 Sports
7 Education
8 Media


The Milwaukee area was originally inhabited by the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago Indian tribes. French missionaries and traders first passed through the area in the late 1600s and 1700s.
The first white fur trader to settle in Milwaukee was French Canadian Jacques Vieaux, who established a fur trading post near the Menomonee River in 1795. The post was on the Chicago-Green Bay trail, located where Mitchell Park is today. Vieaux married the granddaughter of an Indian chief and had 13 children. Vieaux's daughter, Josetta, would later marry Solomon Juneau.

1800 - 1849
Milwaukee has three "founding fathers", of which Frenchman Solomon Juneau came to the area first, in 1818. Juneau, who was Vieaux's son-in-law, bought out Vieaux's fur trading business, and in 1833 founded a town on the east side of the Milwaukee River. Juneau's Side, or Juneau Town, as it was variously known, began attracting more settlers.
However, Byron Kilbourn was Juneau's equivalent on the west side of the Milwaukee River. In competition with Juneau, he established Kilbourntown west of the Milwaukee River, and made sure that the streets running toward the river did not join with those on the East Side. This accounts for the large number of crooked bridges that still exist in Milwaukee today. Further, Kilbourn distributed maps of the area which only showed Kilbourntown, implying that Juneautown did not exist. Anyone who saw the map would think the east side of the river was uninhabited and thus undesirable.
The third prominent builder was George H. Walker. He claimed land to the south of the Milwaukee River, along with Juneau Town where he built a log house in 1834. This area grew and became known as Walker's Point.
By the 1840s the three towns had grown to such an extent that on 31 January 1846 they combined to incorporate as the City of Milwaukee. Solomon Juneau became Milwaukee's first mayor. A great number of German immigrants had helped increase the city's population during the 1840s and continued to migrate to the area during the following decades. Milwaukee has even been called "Deutsch Athen" (German Athens), and at one point there were more German speakers than English speakers in the city.
In the mid 1800s Milwaukee earned its nickname "Cream City". The nickname refers to the large amount of unique cream colored bricks that came out of the Menomonee Valley and were used in building construction. At its peak, Milwaukee was producing 15 million bricks a year, with 1/3 going out of the state.

1850 - 1949

1950 - Present
Milwaukee, like many northern industrial cities, continued to grow tremendously until the late 1950s. Milwaukee was home to immigrants from Ireland, Germany, Hungary, Poland and other central European nations. The great northward migration of African-Americans from the Southern United States. With the large influx of immigrants, Milwaukee became one of the 15 largest cities in the nation, and by the mid-1960s, its population reached nearly 750,000. Starting in the late 1960s, like many cities in the Great Lakes "rust belt," Milwaukee saw its population start to decline due to various factors, ranging from the loss of blue collar jobs to the phenomenon of "white flight." However, in recent years the city began to make strides in improving its economy, neighborhoods, and image, resulting in the revitalization of neighborhoods such as the Third Ward, east side, and more recently, Bay View, along with attracting new businesses to its downtown area. The city continues to make plans for increasing its future revitalization through various projects. Largely due to its efforts to preserve its history, in 2006 Milwaukee was named one of the "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. [2] The city is also home to the Milwaukee Bar Association, the fourth oldest of such organizations in the United States. It was founded in 1858, and now has over 2,600 members.
See also: Milwaukee Cryptosporidium outbreak (April 1993)

Milwaukee's name
Milwaukee received its name from the Indian word Millioke which means "The Good Land", or "Gathering place by the water." Another interpretation is "beautiful or pleasant lands". [3] Early explorers called the Milwaukee River and surrounding lands various names: Melleorki, Milwacky, Mahn-a-waukie, Milwarck, and Milwaucki. For many years, printed records gave the name as "Milwaukie". A Short History of Milwaukee by William George Bruce gives the story of Milwaukee's final name:
"[O]ne day during the thirties of the last century a newspaper calmly changed the name to Milwaukee, and Milwaukee it has remained until this day." [4]

Geography and climate
View of the Milwaukee River from downtown.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 251.0 km (96.9 square miles). 248.8 km (96.1 square miles) of it is land and 2.2 km (0.9 mi) of it is water. The total area is 0.88% water.

Milwaukee lies along the shores and bluffs of Lake Michigan at the confluence of three rivers: the Menomonee, the Kinnickinnic and the Milwaukee. Smaller rivers, such as the Root River and Lincoln Creek also run throughout the city.
The city runs largely on the grid system, although in the far northwest and southwest corners of the city, the grid pattern gives way to a more suburban-style streetscape. North-south streets are numbered, and east-west streets are named. The north-south numbering line is along the Memomonee River (east of Hawley Road) and Fairview Avenue/Golfview Parkway (west of Hawley Road), with the east-west numbering line defined along 1st Street (north of Oklahoma Avenue) and Chase/Howell Avenue (south of Oklahoma Avenue). This numbering system is also used to the north by Mequon in Ozaukee County, and by some Waukesha County communities.
It is crossed by Interstate 43 and Interstate 94, which come together downtown at the Marquette Interchange, which is currently under an extensive construction project set to be completed in 2008. The cost of the reconstruction will be around $810 million dollars. The Interstate 894 bypass runs through portions of the city's southwest side, and Interstate 794 comes out of the Marquette interchange eastbound, bends south along the lakefront and crosses the harbor over the Hoan Bridge, then ends near the Bay View neighborhood and becomes the Lake Parkway.
Milwaukee's terrain is relatively flat, except for the steep, dramatic bluffs that begin about one half mile north and one mile south of the downtown. These bluffs give it a topographic quality distinct from that of Chicago.

Main article: Climate of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee's location in the Midwest means that it often has rapidly changing weather, and the city experiences the full range of the seasons throughout the year. The warmest month of the year is July, when the average high temperaure is 79F (26C), with overnight low temperatures averaging 62F (17C). January is the coldest month, with high temperatures averaging 26F (-4C), with the overnight low temperatures around 11F (-12C).
Milwaukee's proximity to Lake Michigan causes a convection current to form mid-afternoon, resulting in the so-called lake effect, causing the temperatures to be warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. "Cooler by the lake" is practically boilerplate language for local meteorologists during the spring and summer. Also, more snow falls in Milwaukee than surrounding areas, due to the lake. The lake causes the relative humidity in the summer that is far higher than that of comparable cities at the same latitude, meaning that it feels hotter than the actual temperature.
Milwaukee's all-time record high temperature is 105F (41C) set on July 17, 1995. The coldest temperature ever experienced by the city was -26F (-32C) on both January 17, 1982 and February 4, 1996. The 1982 event, also known as Cold Sunday, featured temperatures as low as -40F (-40C) in some of the suburbs as little as 10 miles (16km) to the north of Milwaukee, although the city itself did not approach such cold temperatures.
In Milwaukee, the wettest month is August, due to frequent thunderstorms. These can at times be dangerous and damaging, bringing hail, high winds, and the occasional tornado. However, almost all summer rainfall in the city is brought by these storms. In Spring and Fall, longer events of prolonged, lighter rain bring most of the precipitation. Snow falls regularly in the city from early November until the middle of March, although it has been recorded as early as September 23, and as late as May 31. The city receives 47.0 inches (1.19m) of snow in an average Winter, but this number is highly variable. In 2000, 49.5 inches (1.26m) of snow fell solely in the month of December.

City of Milwaukee
Population by year [1]
1850 - 20,061
1860 - 45,246
1870 - 71,440
1880 - 115,587
1890 - 204,468
1900 - 285,315
1910 - 373,857
1920 - 457,147
1930 - 578,249
1940 - 587,472
1950 - 637,392
1960 - 741,324
1970 - 717,099
1980 - 636,212
1990 - 628,088
2000 - 596,974
2005 - 592,765

Milwaukee still faces a shrinking population, [5] and other problems, such as crime, racial tension, poverty, and a precarious school system, presenting a serious challenge to the city. Although the crime rate is down since the early 1990s, the issues of urban crime and police corruption are still at the forefront, frequently appearing on the front page of local newspapers. Milwaukee is often referred to as "one of the most segregated cities in the United States," and accusations of police brutality and racial profiling are common. Many considered the hiring of the first black Chief of Police, Arthur Jones, to be a turning point for Milwaukee, noting that crime in 2004 was at its lowest in nearly 15 years. However, critics accused Jones of ineffectiveness, eventually leading to his resignation.
As of the census estimate of 2004, there are 583,624 people residing in Milwaukee. As of 2000, there were 232,188 households, and 135,133 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,399.5/km (6,214.3 per square mile). There are 249,225 housing units at an average density of 1,001.7/km (2,594.4 per square mile).
There are 232,188 households out of which 30.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.2% are married couples living together, 21.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% are non-families. 33.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.50 and the average family size is 3.25.
In the city the population is spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $32,216, and the median income for a family is $37,879. Males have a median income of $32,244 versus $26,013 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,181. 21.3% of the population and 17.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 31.6% of those under the age of 18 and 11.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Race and ethnicity
In the 2000 census, over a third (38 percent) of Milwaukeeans reported that they were of German descent. Other large population groups include Polish (12.7%), Irish (10%), English (5.1%), Italian (4.4%), French (3.9%), and Hispanic origin totaled 6.3%. The racial makeup of the city is 49.98% White, 37.34% African American, 0.87% Native American, 2.94% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 6.10% from other races, and 2.71% from two or more races. 12.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. Within the Milwaukee region, race is frequently a contentious issue, and the city is frequently cited as hypersegregated or even as "the most segregated city in America" http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/CED/pdf/fairhousing.pdf , although the latter is a very controversial contention. It is certainly more nearly accurate at present to say that the metropolitan area, rather than the city itself, is hypersegregated.

In 2000, the American Religion Data Archive reported Milwaukee's religious composition as 58% Catholic, 23% Lutheran, 3% Methodist and 2.5% Jewish. The remaining 13.5% are largely members of protestant denominations. Milwaukee is home of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA and the headquarters of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The School Sisters of the Third Order of St Francis have their mother house in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee drivers use interstate highways for their main transportation. I-94 comes north from Chicago to enter Milwaukee and continues west to Madison. I-43 enters Milwaukee from the southwest and continues north to Green Bay. Milwaukee has two branch interstate highways, I-894 which is a bypass extending from the western suburbs to the southern suburbs (thereby bypassing downtown), and I-794 which extends east from the I-94/I-43 interchange to Lake Michigan, and then south over the Hoan Bridge toward the airport (turning into State Highway 794 along the way).
The Milwaukee area is also served by two US highways, US-41 and US-45, which both provide north-south freeway transportation on the western side of the city.
The Milwaukee County Transit System provides an extensive bus transit system. The city is also served by the Hiawatha Amtrak express service between Milwaukee and Chicago. In addition, Milwaukee is home to two airports, General Mitchell International Airport on the southern edge of the city, and the smaller Timmerman Field on the north side. The Milwaukee Connector (a tram system) is currently in the planning stages. Metra is also being proposed for an expansion from Kenosha up to Milwaukee.

Although most people associate Milwaukee with beer, today companies like Miller Brewing employ less than one percent of the city's workers. Milwaukee's reputation as a blue collar town is more accurate, however, with 22 percent of the workforce involved in manufacturing, second only to San Jose, California and far higher than the national average of 16.5%. Service and managerial jobs are the fastest growing segments of the Milwaukee economy, and healthcare makes up 27% of all service jobs in the city.
Milwaukee is headquarters to six Fortune 1000 manufacturers and six Fortune 1000 service companies. Among these are Briggs & Stratton, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, Manpower Inc., Marshall & Ilsley, Northwestern Mutual, Rockwell Automation, Roundy's Supermarkets, Metavante, Kohl's, and Wisconsin Energy. The Milwaukee area ranked number five in the nation when measuring the number of Fortune 500 companies as a share of the population, just behind the number four Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Milwaukee also has a large number of financial service firms, particularly those specializing in mutual funds and transaction processing systems, and a disproportionate number of publishing and printing companies, including Quad/Graphics. Milwaukee is also the headquarters of the Koss Corporation and Master Lock.

Culture and sports
The Milwaukee Art MuseumMilwaukee's most visually prominent cultural attraction is the Milwaukee Art Museum, especially its new $100 million wing designed by Santiago Calatrava in his first American commission. The museum includes a "brise soleil," a moving sunscreen that quite literally unfolds like the wing of a bird. The Milwaukee Public Museum, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory and Milwaukee County Zoo are also notable public attractions.

Performing Arts
Milwaukee is home to the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, First Stage Children's Theater, Milwaukee Youth Theatre, and a number of other arts organizations including the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, Milwaukee is home to artistic performance venues such as the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Pabst Theater, The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, Riverside Theatre, and Milwaukee Theatre. The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, a first-of-its-kind Arts-in-education facility, is a national model.

Social Life
Milwaukee's tourism logo, featuring MAM's "brise soleil"Milwaukee, "A Great Place on a Great Lake" and "Genuine American," has also advertised itself as the "City of Festivals," emphasizing an annual lakefront fair called Summerfest. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest music festival in the world, Summerfest attracts around 900,000 visitors a year to its twelve stages.

Due in large part to its brewery history, the city has been called "the nation's watering hole" with more bars per capita than any other large city in the country (one bar for every 1600 people or approximately 375 bars, four bars for every square mile). Along the same lines, the tradition of tailgating (for almost any event, but especially Brewers games), where copious amounts of beer and other potent potables are ceremoniously consumed, is deeply ingrained in the culture of the city and its residents both young and old.

As her moniker implies, Milwaukee is home to a variety of festivals throughout the summer. Held primarily on the lakefront Summerfest grounds, these festivals span several days (typically Friday plus the weekend) and celebrate Milwaukee's history and diversity. In a typical season, the 'Fests are kicked off by PrideFest in early June and are concluded with Indian Summer in early September. Polish, Greek, French, Italian, German, African-American, Arab, Irish, and Mexican heritage are celebrated throughout the summer.
The complete 2006 Schedule can be found here.

Milwaukee has a long history of musical activity. The first organized musical society, called "Milwaukee Beethoven Society" formed in 1843, three years before the city was incorporated. This was later replaced with the Milwaukee Musical Society.
The large concentrations of German immigrants contributed to the musical character of the city. Saengerbund festivals were held regularly. Also notable is the founding of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in 1899.
More recently, Milwaukee has a vibrant history of rock, blues, punk, ska, industrial music, goth and pop music bands. A range of musicians have called Milwaukee home, including Hildegarde, Woody Herman, Liberace, blues giant Hubert Sumlin, the BoDeans, Violent Femmes, Citizen King, The Gufs, The Promise Ring, Little Blue Crunchy Things, Cincere, Eric Bnet, Al Jarreau, and Oil Tasters, among others. Local hip-hop acts include Rusty Ps and Black Elephant. Coo Coo Cal gave Milwaukee a national foothold in the hip-hop market with his hit single "My Projects". Beer City Records, a local punk rock label, is home to DRI and Millions of Dead Cops. Venues such as Pabst Theater, Marcus Amphitheater and The Rave frequently bring internationally-known and critically acclaimed acts to Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is also home to a thriving club scene booking regular international DJs such as Richie Hawtin, LTJ Bukem, Mark Farina, Derrick Carter and others. In the early 1990s, the city was home to a vibrant rave scene, especially fostering hardcore techno, thanks to Drop Bass; but the scene moved south to Chicago after reaction by city authorities. Milwaukee was also a center of the breakcore scene in early 2000s with labels like Addict Records and Zod Records.

Milwaukee has a long history of involvement in professional and nonprofessional sports.
Club Sport Founded League Stadium Logo
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball 1969 Major League Baseball Miller Park 
Milwaukee Bucks Basketball 1968 National Basketball Association Bradley Center 
Milwaukee Admirals Hockey 1970 American Hockey League Bradley Center 
Milwaukee Wave Indoor soccer 1984 Major Indoor Soccer League U.S. Cellular Arena 
The Milwaukee Mile auto racing facility, the oldest active auto race track in the United States, is located on the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in West Allis. Also located on the State Fair Grounds is the Pettit National Ice Center, a U.S. Olympic Team training facility.
Previous sports teams to play in Milwaukee have included:
Club Sport Played from League Stadium
Milwaukee Badgers Football 1922-1926 NFL
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball 1902-1952 American Association Borchert Field
Milwaukee Hawks Basketball 1951-1955 NBA Milwaukee Arena
Milwaukee Braves Baseball 1953-1965 MLB Milwaukee County Stadium
Milwaukee Does Basketball 1978-1980 Women's Pro Basketball League MECCA Arena
Milwaukee Mustangs Arena football 1994-2001 Arena Football League Bradley Center
Milwaukee Rampage Soccer 1994-2002 USL First Division 
Milwaukee Wave United Soccer 2003-2004 USL First Division 
The Milwaukee Braves won the National League pennant in 1957 and 1958, and won the World Series in 1957.
For many years, the Green Bay Packers played a portion of their home schedule in Milwaukee:
Borchert Field, 1933
Wisconsin State Fair Park, 1934-51
Marquette Stadium, 1952
Milwaukee County Stadium, 1953-1994
(The 1939 Championship between the Packers and the New York Giants was played at State Fair Park. The Packers won, 27-0.)
The Packers maintain two separate season ticket plans, reflecting their time spent in Milwaukee: Gold package holders, made up primarily of former Milwaukee season ticket holders, have a three-game package consisting of the annual Midwest Shrine preseason contest plus the second and fifth regular-season home games each year; Green package holders (made up of original Green Bay ticket holders) attend the annual Bishop's Charities preseason game and the remaining six regular-season contests.

Milwaukee maintains Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest school district in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. As of 2006, it has an enrollment of 95,600 students and employs 6,100 full-time and substitute teachers in 223 schools. Milwaukee Public Schools operate as magnet schools, with individualized specialty areas for interests in academics, or the arts. Golda Meir School, Milwaukee School of Languages, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, and Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School are just some examples of the magnet schools in Milwaukee. In addition to its public schools, Milwaukee is home to a large number of parochial schools, including over two dozen private high schools and hundreds of private middle and elementary schools.
The district has a reputation for a poorly performing student body and efforts have been underway for years to reform the school system. School District officials note declining funding as a catalyst to problems in the district.[4]
The school choice program, started with the support of former governor Tommy Thompson has given many Milwaukee students the opportunity to study at parochial and other private schools free of cost, although the program remains the topic of considerable controversy; and the inevitable fraudulent operators have moved in. A definitive solution to the education issue is still forthcoming, but progress is being made. One step of progress is noted in that school graduation rates have improved slightly over recent years.
Higher education is dominated by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University, both located near downtown. Milwaukee is also served by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Of persons aged 25 and above, 84.5% have a high school diploma, and 27% have a Bachelor's degree or higher. (2000) [6]
See also: List of High Schools in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee's leading newspaper is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The most prominent weekly is Shepherd Express, a free publication. Other local newspapers, city guides and magazines with large distributions include Milwaukee Magazine and MKE (magazine). OnMilwaukee.com is an online magazine providing news and events.
Milwaukee is well served by local television and radio. Milwaukee's major network television affiliates are WTMJ 4 (NBC), WITI 6 (FOX), WISN 12 (ABC), WVTV 18 (WB), WCGV 24 (UPN), and WDJT 58 (CBS). Spanish language programming is on WYTU-LP 63 (Telemundo). Milwaukee's public broadcasting stations are WMVS 10 and WMVT 36.
There are numerous radio stations throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding area.

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