Milwaukee, Wisconsin Population 2022

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Milwaukee is a city located in Milwaukee County Wisconsin. It is also the county seat of Milwaukee County. With a 2020 population of 573,700, it is the largest city in Wisconsin and the 30th largest city in the United States. Milwaukee is currently declining at a rate of -0.31% annually and its population has decreased by -3.20% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 592,649 in 2020. Spanning over 97 miles, Milwaukee has a population density of 5,965 people per square mile.

The average household income in Milwaukee is $57,332 with a poverty rate of 24.57%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $866 per month, and the median house value is $128,300. The median age in Milwaukee is 31.5 years, 30.6 years for males, and 32.5 years for females.

Milwaukee is the center of the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 1.57 million.

Despite robust growth through the 1950s, Milwaukee has experienced negative growth since then, and it's only since the 2010 census that signs of growth have been evident, although growth has been small.

The Milwaukee metropolitan area is home to approximately 1.57 million people in 2016. 30% of the entire state's population lives in the 5-country metro area, with 10% of Wisconsin's population within the Milwaukee city limits.

Milwaukee Population and Diversity Statistics

38.3% of Milwaukee's population reports having African American ancestry, while 21% claim German descent. Other common ancestry groups in the city include Polish (8.8%), Irish (6.5%), Italian (3.6%) and English (2.8%).

The city of Milwaukee seems diverse, but the picture changes when you look at the county as a whole. Milwaukee County's population is 55% white, and the county's African American community is 27%. Only about 8% of the county's African American population lives outside the city limits.

Milwaukee is often seen as a very racially segregated city; some consider it the most segregated city in the country, along with Detroit, Michigan, including a 2002 issue of Jet Magazine.

Current State of Milwaukee

Milwaukee currently ranks 4th among major cities in the US in terms of children living in poverty at 43%. Milwaukee's unemployment rate is the same as the national average, and its jobs market does show signs of stability and even improvement. The city has also started to attract college graduates, 80% of whom moved to Milwaukee because they got a job. Revitalization efforts in the downtown area have been used to attract residents to the city and encourage growth and development.

Milwaukee Population Growth

Milwaukee is a very slowly growing city, with its modest growth mostly concentrated in the neighborhoods around downtown. From 2011 to 2013, Milwaukee added only 4,000 people. While this doesn't sound like a lot, and it isn't, it does show that Milwaukee's experiencing a turnaround after almost five decades of decline. The growth in the downtown areas has been largely attributed to the construction of condos and apartments, with most new residents being young adults.

It's still too soon to tell if the population growth trend in Milwaukee will continue and the city will be able to post positive growth at the next census in 2020, but signs are good Milwaukee has at least partially overcome the slump of the last fifty years.

The Milwaukee area was originally inhabited by several Native American tribes, with French traders and missionaries first passing through the region in the late 17th century. A trading post was established in 1785 by Alexis Laframboise. It's believed the word Milwaukee comes from either a Potawatomi or Ojibwe word meaning "gathering place by the water." For many years, the settlement's name was printed as "Milwaukie," until a newspaper changed it to its current spelling sometime in the 1830s.

In its early history, Milwaukee had a great rivalry with two neighboring towns, Juneautown, across the river, and Walker's Point. By the 1840s, the competition had grown, and there were battles between the town, culminating in the Milwaukee Bridge War of 1845. Afterward, the towns were united and, in 1846, the City of Milwaukee was incorporated.

Milwaukee began to proliferate with an influx of immigrants, especially those from Germany who made their way here from Wisconsin. Milwaukee continued its rapid growth, reaching a height of 741,000 in 1960 before beginning a 5-decade decline.

Milwaukee Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Milwaukeewas:

  • White: 42.05%
  • Black or African American: 38.79%
  • Other race: 8.36%
  • Two or more races: 5.63%
  • Asian: 4.60%
  • Native American: 0.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is 573,700 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 592,649.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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There are 437,809 adults, (62,495 of whom are seniors) in Milwaukee.

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.84%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 50.00%.

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Milwaukee Language

78.91% of Milwaukee residents speak only English, while 21.09% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.74% of the population.

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Poverty in Milwaukee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Milwaukee is Black, with 32.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Milwaukee is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.57%.

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The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

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89.79% of Milwaukee residents were born in the United States, with 66.17% having been born in Wisconsin. 6.34% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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