Milwaukee, Wisconsin Population 2024

550,099

Milwaukee is a city located in Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County, and Waukesha County Wisconsin. Milwaukee has a 2024 population of 550,099. It is also the county seat of Milwaukee County. Milwaukee is currently declining at a rate of -1.19% annually and its population has decreased by -4.58% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 576,511 in 2020.

The average household income in Milwaukee is $67,046 with a poverty rate of 23.87%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Milwaukee is 31.8 years, 30.9 years for males, and 32.8 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 Milwaukee was:

  • White: 38.76%
  • Black or African American: 38.61%
  • Two or more races: 9.93%
  • Other race: 7.34%
  • Asian: 4.75%
  • Native American: 0.6%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
Land Area (mi²)
96.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
5,719.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-4.58% (-26,412)
The current population of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is 550,099 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 576,511.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White222,19938.76%
Black or African American221,34438.61%
Two or more races56,9009.93%
Other race42,0767.34%
Asian27,2174.75%
Native American3,4270.6%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1360.02%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Milwaukee Population by Race

Milwaukee Population Pyramid 2024

Milwaukee Median Age

31.8

Total

30.9

Male

32.8

Female

Milwaukee Adults

There are 426,146 adults, (65,007 of whom are seniors) in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Age Dependency

58.7

Age Dependency Ratio

18

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Milwaukee Sex Ratio

Female294,47451.36%
Male278,82548.64%

Milwaukee Population by Age

Milwaukee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All230,7592.4241.258.8
Non Family111,3601.283268
Married58,8163.396931
Female46,1133.6329.770.3
Male14,4703.3634.665.4

3.34

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

41.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Milwaukee Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade19,7085.52%
9th to 12th Grade32,2949.04%
High School Graduate109,92930.78%
Some College75,04721.02%
Associates Degree26,7397.49%
Bachelors Degree59,52516.67%
Graduate Degree33,8539.48%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Milwaukee Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Milwaukee Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White145,515137,18461,118
Black127,006108,57717,124
Hispanic59,18538,5167,030
2+ Races27,05718,9175,102
Other Race23,53315,3222,058
Asian14,90311,4065,044
Native American2,2672,109553
Islander554427

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.27%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 49.09%.

Milwaukee Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$40,555$44,697$36,620
Less Than 9th Grade$28,549$33,615$22,502
High School Graduate$32,304$35,702$26,963
Some College$38,019$43,858$33,771
Bachelors Degree$56,343$61,056$52,389
Graduate Degree$69,013$77,006$62,610

$40,555

Average Earnings

$44,697

Average Male

$36,620

Average Female

Milwaukee Earnings by Educational Attainment

Milwaukee Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Milwaukee Language

78.44% of Milwaukee residents speak only English, while 21.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.53% of the population.

Milwaukee Language

Milwaukee Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black217,69869,14331.76%
Hispanic114,47827,36923.91%
White180,06624,30713.5%
Multiple56,24213,54424.08%
Other41,47510,50325.32%
Asian26,7477,46127.89%
Native3,32280024.08%
Islander13275.3%

23.87%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.69%

Male Poverty Rate

24.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Milwaukee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Milwaukee is Black, with 31.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Milwaukee is Islander, with 5.3% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.7%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.98%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.49%.

Milwaukee Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.12%
High School24.18%
Some College16.99%
Bachelors or Greater7%

Milwaukee Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed43.66%
Male Unemployed36.09%
Female Employed12.78%
Male Employed9.22%

Milwaukee Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Milwaukee Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$49,733$67,046
Families$57,900$77,456
Married Families$86,413$105,089
Non Families$37,870$52,366

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Milwaukee Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

28.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

30.7%

Male Marriage Rate

27.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Milwaukee Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Milwaukee Marriage

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.

Milwaukee Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Milwaukee Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

16,708

Number of Veterans

15,082

Male Veterans

1,626

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam5,833
Second Gulf War3,124
First Gulf War2,933
Korea822
World War II299

Milwaukee Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 744,806
35 to 543,668
75+3,485
55 to 643,398
18 to 341,351

Milwaukee Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White10,0405.28%
Black5,2373.47%
Hispanic9201.24%
2+ Races6221.79%
Other Race3091.08%
Asian2591.4%
Native American2368.62%
Islander57.46%

Milwaukee Veterans by Race

Milwaukee Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

13.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.73%

Veteran Disability Rate

Milwaukee Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64%

Labor Force Participation

60.2%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Milwaukee Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Milwaukee Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Milwaukee Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

66.07%

Born in Milwaukee

89.65%

Native Born

10.35%

Foreign Born

6.32%

Non Citizen

4.03%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.65% of Milwaukee residents were born in the United States, with 66.07% having been born in Wisconsin. 6.32% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Milwaukee Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029517,084-6,603-1.26%
2028523,687-6,603-1.25%
2027530,290-6,603-1.23%
2026536,893-6,603-1.21%
2025543,496-6,603-1.2%
2024550,099-6,603-1.19%
2023556,702-6,603-1.17%
2022563,305-2,535-0.45%
2021565,840-10,671-1.85%
2020576,511-14,441-2.44%
2019590,952-1,009-0.17%
2018591,961-2,193-0.37%
2017594,154-3,025-0.51%
2016597,179-3,428-0.57%
2015600,607-168-0.03%
2014600,7757780.13%
2013599,9971,3700.23%
2012598,6271,4950.25%
2011597,1322,2490.38%
2010594,883-2,091-0.35%
2000596,974-31,114-4.95%
1990628,088-8,209-1.29%
1980636,297-81,075-11.3%
1970717,372-23,952-3.23%
1960741,324103,93216.31%
1950637,39249,9208.5%
1940587,4729,2231.59%
1930578,249121,10226.49%
1920457,14783,29022.28%
1910373,85788,54231.03%
1900285,31580,84739.54%
1890204,46888,88176.9%
1880115,58744,14761.8%
187071,44026,19457.89%
186045,24625,185125.54%
185020,06118,3611080.06%
18401,70000%
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Milwaukee Population by Year