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Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
596,886
Milwaukee Population6
$
39,463
Median Income5
7.8
%
Unemployment Rate19
 

City Score

 

Population

Milwaukee's aged 75- to 84-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 19%, whereas the average population in that segment has increased by 11%

Age

31.4
Median Age6
1.2
%
Population Growth Since 20106

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average6

 

Race and Ethnicity

Milwaukee residents are largely Black; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the Black community has shrunk by 1.3% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 23.3%

Race

81.5
%
Wisconsin Population, White6
61.1
%
United States population, White6

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity6

 

Climate

Milwaukee gets humid, but not hot, and has cold winters with strong winds. The temperature reaches 90°F or above only 10 days per year with an average temperature in January of 22°F. Wind speeds are 10 mph, and humidity is 71%

Weather

34
%
Chance of Rain11
53
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature40

 

Housing

The average home value in Milwaukee increased by 25% since 2010 which is 18% lower than the national average and 4% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,050
Monthly Average12
53
%
Renters41

Average Home Value4

 

Taxes

Milwaukee is a very high tax location with sales tax 18% lower than the national average, but income tax 40% higher than the national average and property tax 71% higher than the national average.

Other

1.91
%
Property Tax23
5.6
%
Sales Tax21
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax23

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)42

 

Employment

Milwaukee has a low employment rate of 92% which is 1% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Johnson Controls and Aurora Sinai Medical Center

Income

23.1
%
<$25,0005
5.1
%
$100,000+5

Distribution by Industry19

 

Politics

Milwaukee leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results44

Representatives

Mayor30 Tom Barrett
Democratic
House of Representative30 Gwen Moore
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, is 13.8 miles from the center of Milwaukee, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, is 0.9 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical31 No
Decriminalized31 No
 

Safety

In Wisconsin, 47.1% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has marginally increased from 2000 when 46.6% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks32
No
Permit to Purchase Law32

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#66 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report33
#61 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report34
#85 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub35
#11 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades36
 

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