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Did You Know These About Milwaukee?

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Milwaukee is the most amazing city in Wisconsin. Counted among the largest cities in the country, Milwaukee is located at a unique confluence of no less than 3 rivers. Milwaukee is known for its awesome restaurants, movie theaters, galleries, museums, breweries and hotels. It also has the best tourist and shopping spots and some amazing nightclubs and discs.
Did You Know These about Milwaukee?
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Milwaukee Geographical and Demographic Fast Facts

  • According to the 2014 estimate by the US Census Bureau, 5,757,564 people reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Milwaukee is home to Caucasians, African Americans, American Indians and Alaska natives, Asians,  Latin American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific islanders, whereby people of different ethnicity reside in the city .
  • Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and it is situated on the western shore of Lake Michigan, where the following rivers meet at the junction- Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic. 
  • Milwaukee is located 130 km north-northwest of Chicago and has a north, south west and central business district 
  • Altitude of Milwaukee ranges from 177 meters above sea levels to 244 meters whereby the city streets are in grid pattern crossed by numerous diagonals.
  • Average temperature range from 29.4 degree F in January, 77.7 degree F in July and an annual average of 46.8 degree F. 
  • Average annual precipitation is around 32 inches of rain and 45 inches of snowfall and the largest community in the city include Milwaukee main, Waukesha, West Allis, Wauwatosa and Greenfield. 

Milwaukee Historical Fast Facts

  • Milwaukee is the site of an native American village before French explorers came to the place in the late seventeenth century.
  • Through the treaties of 1831 and 1833, American Indians surrendered their lands in the area and the settlement of Juneau was incorporated as the village of Milwaukee in the 1830s.
  • Milwaukee was incorporated as a city in the year 1846 and there was a large inflow of German immigrant population in the 1840s.
  • Poles also emigrated to Milwaukee commenced in the 1860s and reached its peak in the 1890s.
  • In 1910, Milwaukee became the first city to elect a mayor from the Socialist party and elected Socialist mayors until 1960s.
  • The longest serving mayor in the history of Milwaukee was Henry W.Maier who served from 1960 to 1988.
  • During the 1970s, a performing art center was constructed and the first exposition and convention center was built.
  • In the 1980s, the first shopping complex in Milwaukee was built and following WWII, the city underwent considerable change and development.  

Milwaukee Economy and Government Fast Facts 

  • Milwaukee is one of the leading industrial cities in the US and a major producer of beers, tractors and motor cycles.
  • Industries which are growing here include aircraft guidance systems, semiconductors and x-ray equipment. 
  • Milwaukee is one of the port cities of the Great Lakes and it has a well developed shopping network which includes trade in commodities such as grain, iron and steel, coal and petroleum.
  • General Mitchell International Airport is the main airport of this city which also has several other subsidiary airports. 
  • The mayor of Milwaukee is Tom Barrett till April 2016 and it has a per capital income of USD 19371 as per a 2013 estimate.
  • Milwaukee has the following Chambers of Commerce- Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Milwaukee Minority Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

Milwaukee Interesting and Fun Facts 

  • Some of the famous musicians hailing from Milwaukee include band leader Woody Herman, bass baritone performer Donald Gramm.
  • Several famous performers are also from Milwaukee such as singer Al Jarreau, actress Kirsten Johnston, actors Alfred Lunt, Pat O’Brien, Spencer Tracy, Gene Wilder and film producers Jerry and David Zucker.
  • Name Milwaukee is derived from Native American word Milliocki meaning gathering place by the water and it is the 22nd largest city in the US.
  • Milwaukee is also known as the City of Festivals and the Jewel of the Great Lakes. It is also home to the largest music festival in the world as per the Guinness Book of World Records known as Summeriest.
  • Milwaukee is also home to the largest 4 faced clock in the world, the Allen Bradley Clocktower which is 4 separate clocks, each with an octagonal face double the size of clocks on the Elizabeth Tower (formerly Big Ben). 
  • Skywalk over Milwaukee is the only one to span a river used by boats in the United States.
  • Milwaukee is home to 26 local breweries and the first larger brewery in the city opened in the 1840s.
  • Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee invented the typewriter in 1867. 
  • Milwaukee Public Museum has the world’s largest dinosaur skull stored as an exhibit .
  • Milwaukee is also referred to as Cream City as many of the buildings in this city are made of cream colored bricks of unique origin. 
  • The famous Golda Meir also hailed from Milwaukee and now has a school named after her in the city. 
  • The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in a suburb of Milwaukee called Wauwatosa. 
  • Milwaukee is also known  as a cluster of 3 settlements namely Juneatown, Kilbourntown and Walker’s Point 
  • During the late 1800s, Milwaukee acquired the moniker “The Beertown” as 4 famous breweries- Pabst, Miller, Schiltz and Blatz were located in this city. 
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