This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Wisconsin. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 65,498 sq miles; Land Only: 54,310 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Central Time Zone|
||Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota|
|Highest Point||Timms Hill, 1,951 feet|
|State Population (2015)||5,771,337|
|State Population Density||106.3 people / square mile|
||262, 274, 414, 534, 608, 715, 920|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Green Bay (104,057)
Government & Legislature
|State Ballad||"Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams"|
|State Dog||American water spaniel|
|State Domestic Animal||Dairy cow|
||Wood violet |
|State Rock||Red granite|
|State Soil||Antigo silt loam|
|State Song||"On, Wisconsin!"|
|State Symbol of Peace||Mourning dove|
|State Wildlife Animal||White-tailed deer|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Henry Vilas Zoo: Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Whistling Straits: Golf course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
- Lambeau Field: Stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
- House on the Rock: Tourist attraction in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
- Milwaukee Art Museum: Art museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Road America: Road course in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
- Discovery World: Science museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Taliesin: Home and estate of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright located in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
- Milwaukee County Zoo: Zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Milwaukee Public Museum: Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Harley-Davidson Museum: Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Cave of the Mounds: Natural limestone cave in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.
- Chula Vista Resort: Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
- Peninsula State Park: State park in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.
- Alliant Energy Center: Multi-building complex center in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Wilmot Mountain: Ski area in Wilmot, Wisconsin.
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
- 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.
This page was last updated on October 20, 2016.