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Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation WI
State Capital Madison
State Size Total (Land + Water): 65,498 sq miles; Land Only: 54,310 sq miles
Number of Counties 72
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
Highest PointTimms Hill, 1,951 feet
National ParksNone
State Population (2015)5,771,337
State Population Density106.3 people / square mile
Area Codes 262, 274, 414, 534, 608, 715, 920
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Milwaukee (594,833)
Madison (233,209)
Green Bay (104,057)
Kenosha (99,218)
Racine (78,860)

Government & Legislature

Statehood May 29, 1848
Electoral Votes10
State Flag Wisconsin State Flag
GovernorOfficial Wisconsin Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Wisconsin
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Wisconsin
State SenatorsList of Wisconsin State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Wisconsin State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionWisconsin State Constitution
Road ConditionsWisconsin Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date October 25, 2004

State Symbols

State AnimalBadger
State Ballad"Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams"
State BeverageMilk
State Bird Robin
State DancePolka
State DogAmerican water spaniel
State Domestic AnimalDairy cow
State FishMuskellunge
State Flower Wood violet
State FossilTrilobite
State FruitCranberry
State GrainCorn
State InsectHoneybee
State MineralGalena
State Motto Forward
State Nickname Badger State
State PastryKringle
State RockRed granite
State SoilAntigo silt loam
State Song"On, Wisconsin!"
State Symbol of PeaceMourning dove
State Tree Sugar maple
State Wildlife AnimalWhite-tailed deer

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams MLB: Milwaukee Brewers
NFL: Green Bay Packers
NBA: Milwaukee Bucks
NCAA Division I Schools Marquette University (Big East)
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (Horizon)
University of Wisconsin – Madison (Big Ten)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Horizon)


State Gas Tax$0.3290 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$2.52 / Pack

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Wisconsin

Nobel Prize Winners

  • William P. Murphy (Physiology or Medicine, 1934)
  • Herbert S. Gasser (Physiology or Medicine, 1944)
  • John Bardeen (Physics, 1956)
  • John Bardeen (Physics, 1972)
  • Herbert Simon (Economic Sciences, 1978)
  • Thomas A. Steitz (Chemistry, 2009)
  • Oliver E. Williamson (Economic Sciences, 2009)
  • David J. Wineland (Physics, 2012)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Earl "Curly" Lambeau (Halfback, Kicker, Coach, General Manager, Team Founder. Inducted in 1963)
  • John "Blood" McNally (Halfback. Inducted in 1963)
  • Mike Michalske (Guard. Inducted in 1964)
  • Arnie Herber (Quarterback. Inducted in 1966)
  • Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch (Halfback, End. Inducted in 1968)
  • Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans (Running Back, Quarterback, Coach. Inducted in 1978)
  • Jim Otto (Center. Inducted in 1980)
  • Bud Grant (Coach. Inducted in 1994)
  • Mike Webster (Center. Inducted in 1997)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Kid Nichols (Pitcher. Inducted in 1949)
  • Al Simmons (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1953)
  • Burleigh Grimes (Pitcher. Inducted in 1964)
  • Addie Joss (Pitcher. Inducted in 1978)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Christian Steinmetz (Guard. Inducted in 1961)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Fredric March
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Spencer Tracy

Famous Singers

  • Greg Graffin
  • Skylar Grey
  • Al Jarreau

Wisconsin Fun Facts

  • The state of Wisconsin was named after the Wisconsin River. The word Wisconsin originates from the Miami Indian word Meskonsing, meaning "this stream meanders through something red," a reference to the setting of the Wisconsin River as it flows through the red sandstone bluffs of the Wisconsin Dells.
  • Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer, was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1903 by William Harley, Arthur Davidson, and Walter Davidson.
  • The Ringling Brothers (Albert, Otto, Charles and John) gave their first circus show performance in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1884.
  • Noah's Ark Family Park is the largest water park in the United States. It features 51 water slides, among other attractions. The park is located in the city of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
  • The first hydroelectric plant in the United States began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, on September 30, 1882.
  • Seymour, Wisconsin, is home to the Hamburger Hall of Fame.
  • The Wisconsin town of Bloomer hosts an annual jump rope competition and is the Jump Rope Capital of the World.
  • Eagle River, Wisconsin, hosts the annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby and is known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World.
  • In 1919, Stephen J. Poplawski of Racine, Wisconsin, invented the blender.
  • Wisconsin is one of two states with an official State Pastry: Kringle.

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