Milwaukee County is the cultural and economic heart of the region with
almost as many residents, jobs and businesses as all of the other
counties combined. The city of Milwaukee, the 23rd largest city in the
nation, is home to ten Fortune 1000 companies, including Bucyrus International, Harley-Davidson, Joy Global, Marshall & Ilsley Corp., MGIC Investment, Northwestern Mutual, Rexnord, Rockwell Automation, A.O. Smith and Wisconsin Energy. Eight more Fortune 1000 companies in the region include Briggs & Stratton, Fiserv, Johnson Controls, Diversey, Kohl's, Manpower, Modine Manufacturing and Snap-on. Roundy's, Quad/Graphics and S.C. Johnson are on Forbes list of largest private companies.
There's plenty of big-city excitement here. More than 3,000 new condominiums have sprung up throughout the downtown in recent years, offering panoramic views of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee River and the city's historic Third Ward, Brewer's Hill and Walker's Point areas. During the summer, there's plenty of music and dancing at the city's lakefront festival park, which is home to numerous ethnic festivals and Summerfest, an 11-day extravaganza that is the world's largest music festival.
Cultural attractions include the Milwaukee Art Museum and its internationally acclaimed Calatrava addition, the downtown theater district and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Sports fans can enjoy professional baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers, professional basketball with the Milwaukee Bucks and professional hockey with the Milwaukee Admirals.
Teeming with youthful energy, the city boasts the lowest median age in the region and is home to major institutions of higher education – Marquette University, with an enrollment of 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, the second-largest campus in the UW system with more than 29,000 students. And, on the 250-acre campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa, researchers are finding new treatments for cancer, heart disease and blood disorders.
Click here to read an OnMilwaukee.com profile of Milwaukee County that highlights its unique attractions and appeal.
Economic Development Information:
Milwaukee County Economic and Community Development - www.county.milwaukee.gov
Milwaukee Department of City Development - www.mkedcd.org
VISIT Milwaukee - www.milwaukee.org
|Population (2009 Est.)||959,521|
|Population Change 2000-2009||+2.1%|
|Labor Force (2010)||463,595|
|Unemployment Rate (2010)||9.6%|
|Per Capita Personal Income (2009)||$37,088|
||Milwaukee (605,013), West Allis (60,529), Wauwatosa (45,377), Franklin (36,987), Greenfield (36,459), Oak Creek (33,959), South Milwaukee (21,342)|
|Colleges, Vocational Schools and Universities||Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Keller Graduate School, Lakeland College, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, Stratton College, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lutheran College|
|Aurora Health Care||Health care system||1,000+|
||Insurance and financial services
|Froedtert & Medical College of Wisc.
||Health care services
|Children's Health System Group
||Health care services
||Health care services||1,000+|
|Roundy's Inc.||Wholesale and retail grocer||1,000+ |
|Marshall & Ilsley Corp. ||Bank services||1,000+|
||Electric and gas utility
|Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare||Health care services ||1,000+ |
Located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, the city's official arts district, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design offers one of the largest and most comprehensive art and design environments in the United States.
Fields of Study: Communication Design, Drawing, Illustration, Industrial Design, Integrated Fine Arts Studio, Interior Architecture and Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Time-Based Media