The modest population increase in Wisconsin has mainly been observed in major urban areas. In fact, rural areas of the state have been shrinking as of late. Bigger counties have also had a significant population increase compared to the rest of the counties 40 of which have decreased in population over the past five years. Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin with a population of about 595,351 people.
Milwaukee - 595,351
Milwaukee is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. It occupies a surface area of 96.8 square miles, 0.68 square miles of which is occupied by water. The area of the city is majorly in Milwaukee County. It is ranked as the 31st largest city in the US overall. The only city in the midwest that is larger is Chicago. The population of Milwaukee has been steadily growing since 1850 when the city had an estimated population of 20,061.
Madison - 255,214
The city of Madison is the administrative capital of the state of Wisconsin as well as Dane County. Madison is the second largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the 82nd largest city in the US. The city is located in the middle of the Dane County and is 122 miles from Chicago and 77 miles from Milwaukee. The city occupies an area of 94.03 square miles, 17.24 square miles of which are occupied by water. The population of the city has been growing steadily since 1850 when the city had a population of 1,525. The city, however, experienced a decrease in population in 1980 by -0.7% but recovered in the years that followed.
Green Bay - 104,057
Green Bay is the administrative capital of Brown County. The city has a population of 104,057 inhabitants making it the third largest city in the state of Wisconsin. The city is located in northeastern region of the state at the Fox River mouth. The city occupies a total surface area of about 55.96 square miles, 10.49 square miles of which are occupied by water. In 1860 the city had a population of about 2.276 inhabitants. The population has increased steadily since then. The city has a population density of 2,288.5 people per square mile.
Kenosha - 99,631
Kenosha is the administrative capital of Kenosha County and is located on Lake Michigan's southwestern shores. The city has a population of about 99,631 inhabitants making it the fourth largest city in the state of Wisconsin. The city occupies an area of about 27.03 square miles, 0.01 square miles of which is occupied by water. The city has a population density of 3,684 people per square mile.