Wisconsin - Important Municipalities

Important Municipalities

Further information: List of municipalities in Wisconsin by population and Political subdivisions of Wisconsin

Over 68% of Wisconsin residents live in urbanized areas, with the Greater Milwaukee area home to roughly one-third of the state's population. Milwaukee is at the northern edge of an urban area bordering Lake Michigan that stretches southward into greater Chicago and northwestern Indiana, with a population of over 11 million. With over 602,000 residents, Milwaukee proper is the 22nd-largest city in the country. The string of cities along the western edge of Lake Michigan is generally considered to be an example of a megalopolis.

Madison's dual identity as state capital and college town gives it a cultural richness unusual in a city its size. With a population of around 220,000, and metropolitan area of over 600,000, Madison is a very fast-growing city. Madison's suburb, Middleton, was ranked the "Best Place to Live in America" in 2007 by Money Magazine. Medium-size cities dot the state and anchor a network of working farms surrounding them. As of 2011, there were 12 cities in Wisconsin with a population of 50,000 or more, accounting for 73% of the state's employment.

Wisconsin has three types of municipality: cities, villages, and towns. Cities and villages are incorporated urban areas. Towns are unincorporated minor civil divisions of counties with limited self-government.

Largest cities or towns of Wisconsin
Rank City name County Pop.



1 Milwaukee Milwaukee 594,833
Green Bay


2 Madison Dane 233,209
3 Green Bay Brown 104,057
4 Kenosha Kenosha 99,218
5 Racine Racine 78,860
6 Appleton Outagamie 72,623
7 Waukesha Waukesha 70,718
8 Oshkosh Winnebago 66,083
9 Eau Claire Eau Claire 65,883
10 Janesville Rock 63,575

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