Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County is the cultural and economic heart of the region with almost as many residents, jobs and businesses as all of the other counties combined. The city of Milwaukee, the 23rd largest city in the nation, is home to ten Fortune 1000 companies, including Bucyrus International, Harley-Davidson, Joy Global, Marshall & Ilsley Corp., MGIC Investment, Northwestern Mutual, Rexnord, Rockwell Automation, A.O. Smith and Wisconsin Energy. Eight more Fortune 1000 companies in the region include Briggs & Stratton, Fiserv, Johnson Controls, Diversey, Kohl's, Manpower, Modine Manufacturing and Snap-onRoundy's, Quad/Graphics and S.C. Johnson are on Forbes list of largest private companies.

There's plenty of big-city excitement here. More than 3,000 new condominiums have sprung up throughout the downtown in recent years, offering panoramic views of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee River and the city's historic Third Ward, Brewer's Hill and Walker's Point areas. During the summer, there's plenty of music and dancing at the city's lakefront festival park, which is home to numerous ethnic festivals and Summerfest, an 11-day extravaganza that is the world's largest music festival.

Cultural attractions include the Milwaukee Art Museum and its internationally acclaimed Calatrava addition, the downtown theater district and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Sports fans can enjoy professional baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers, professional basketball with the Milwaukee Bucks and professional hockey with the Milwaukee Admirals.

Teeming with youthful energy, the city boasts the lowest median age in the region and is home to major institutions of higher education – Marquette University, with an enrollment of 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, the second-largest campus in the UW system with more than 29,000 students. And, on the 250-acre campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa, researchers are finding new treatments for cancer, heart disease and blood disorders.

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Milwaukee County At A Glance
Population (2009 Est.) 959,521
Population Change 2000-2009 +2.1%
Labor Force (2010) 463,595
Unemployment Rate (2010) 9.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2009) $37,088
Major Cities
Milwaukee (605,013), West Allis (60,529), Wauwatosa (45,377), Franklin (36,987), Greenfield (36,459), Oak Creek (33,959), South Milwaukee (21,342)
Colleges, Vocational Schools and Universities Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Keller Graduate School, Lakeland College, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, Stratton College, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lutheran College

Largest Milwaukee County Private-Sector Employers (4,000+ Employees)
Aurora Health Care Health care system 1,000+
Northwestern Mutual
Insurance and financial services
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisc.
Health care services
Children's Health System Group
Health care services
Columbia/St. Mary's
Health care services 1,000+
Roundy's Inc.
Wholesale and retail grocer
Marshall & Ilsley Corp.
Bank services
Rockwell Automation
Managing offices
Wisconsin Energy
Electric and gas utility
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Health care services


Marquette University

Founded in 1881, Marquette University has been educating people to be leaders in their professional lives and communities for more than 120 years. The Jesuit university, located just west of downtown Milwaukee, offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Enrollment: 11,600

Colleges & Universities: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, Professional Studies, Dentistry, Education and Law