The state of Wisconsin is found in the north-central part of the United States and shares its borders with the state of Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois. The state is the 23rd largest in the country covering an area of 65,497.82 square miles and the 20th by population. The state capital is Madison City, while the largest city is Milwaukee. The state of Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties, and the estimated population of the state in July 2018 was 5,813,568 people, which was a 2.23% increase from the population census of 2010. The current growth rate of the population in the state is 0.35% and the population estimate of the state in 2019 is 5.84 million people. Wisconsin is an ethnically homogeneous state with whites being the predominant ethnic group.
Population Density in Wisconsin
The population density in the state of Wisconsin is about 105 people per square mile, making it one of the top 25 densely populated states in the country. The state's largest city, which is Milwaukee, has a population of more than 600,000 while Madison, which is the state capital, has a population of 248,000 people. Green Bay has a population of 105,207 people, and Kenosha has a population of 99,858 people. The population in the metropolitan area of Milwaukee, Waukesha, and West Allis is about 1.55 million inhabitants. Some of the counties in the state with the highest population include Milwaukee which has a population of 952,085 and the county of Dane which has a population of 536,416.
Demographics of Wisconsin
The largest ethnic group in the state of Wisconsin is white, which comprise 85.9% of the total population in the state. The second largest group are African Americans, which account for 6.35% of the population, followed by Asian Americans, which comprise 2.64% of the population. Other ethnic groups account for 1.93%, the Native Americans account 0.87% of the population, while the native Hawaiian or the Pacific Islanders account for 0.03%.
Population History of Wisconsin
The population of the state of Wisconsin in 1820 was only 1,444, and like many other areas in the country during the early 19th century, the population growth was about to increase tremendously, and within ten years, the population had increased by more than 150% to stand at 3,635. The population explosion was experienced between 1840 and 1850 when the population increased by almost 900% when the population of Wisconsin increased from 305,391 to 775,881. At the dawn of the 20th century, the population of the state of Wisconsin stood at 2,069,042.
Population in Wisconsin has been growing steady, unlike other states which have experienced both increase and decrease in their population. The state of Wisconsin is considered as immigrant-friendly, and the population is not expected to slow down. It is expected that the population of the state in 2020 when the next census will be conducted, will be 6 million. Current projections put the population of the state in 2030 at 6.375 million, and the growth rate is put at 19.5%. The number of senior citizens is also expected to grow from the current 13% of the population to 21% in 2030.
About the Author
Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor.
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