> wiki  


KidzSearch Safe Wikipedia for Kids.
Jump to: navigation, search
City of Milwaukee
Flag of Milwaukee
Official seal of Milwaukee
Location within Milwaukee County
Location within Milwaukee County
Coordinates: 43°03′N 87°57′W / 43.05°N 87.95°W / 43.05; -87.95Coordinates: 43°03′N 87°57′W / 43.05°N 87.95°W / 43.05; -87.95
CountryUnited States
CountiesMilwaukee, Washington, Waukesha
IncorporatedJanuary 31, 1846; 175 years ago (1846-01-31)
 • TypeStrong mayor-council
 • MayorTom Barrett (D)
 • City96.81 sq mi (250.75 km2)
 • Land96.18 sq mi (249.12 km2)
 • Water0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
617 ft (188 m)
 • City577,222
 • Rank31st in the United States
1st in Wisconsin
 • Density6,001.48/sq mi (2,317.04/km2)
 • Metro1,574,731 (40th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
53172, 53201–53216, 53218–53228, 53233–53234, 53237, 53259, 53263, 53267–53268, 53274, 53278, 53288, 53290, 53293, 53295
FIPS code55-53000[11]
GNIS feature ID1577901[12]
Major airportMilwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
InterstatesI-41 (WI).svg I-43 (WI).svg I-94.svg
U.S. RoutesUS 18.svg US 41.svg US 45.svg

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin. Milwaukee is also the 31st largest city in the United States. The city is the county seat of Milwaukee County. It is on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, and is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Chicago. As of 2009, about 604,133 people lived in Milwaukee.[13] Part of Milwaukee is in Washington County. Tom Barrett has been the mayor since 2004.

The city got its name from the Indian word "millioke", which is thought to mean "the good land" or "gathering place by the water".[14]


  1. Henzl, Ann-Elise (27 December 2019). "How Milwaukee Got The Nickname 'Cream City'". WUWM. 
  2. "Official Brew City Map". 
  3. "Milwaukee: Beer Capital of the World". 
  4. Snyder, Molly (30 August 2008). "Nicknames for Milwaukee and Wisconsin". 
  5. "The City of Festivals". 
  6. Tolzmann, Don Heinrich. "A Center of German Culture, Milwaukee, Wisconsin". 
  7. Tarnoff, Andy (14 April 2021). "The 411 on the 414 area code". 
  8. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. 
  9. "QuickFacts: Milwaukee city, Wisconsin". United States Census Bureau. 
  10. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. 
  11. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. 
  12. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. 
  13. Bill Glauber and Ben Poston (June 22, 2010). "Milwaukee sees small surge in population - JSOnline". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  14. "Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: History and Information". 2011 [last update].