( The Badger State / America's Dairyland )
The state's name is an English version of a French adaptation of an Indian name said to mean "the place where we live." In 1634, Frenchman Jean Nicolet became Wisconsin's first European explorer. The French controlled the area until 1763, when it was ceded to the British. In 1848, Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th state. Wisconsin's natural beauty has made the state a favorite playground of the nation. Vacationers enjoy the state's clean lakes, rolling hills, quiet valleys, deep forests and cool, pine-scented breezes. The winters are ideal for skating, skiing, snowmobiling and tobogganing. Many communities stage curling matches during the winter and others hold snowmobile derbies. Many annual events celebrate the state's rich ethnic heritage and diversity. With the nickname "America's Dairyland," it's no surprise that Wisconsin is first in the country in the production of milk, cheese, and butter. In fact, the loyal fans of the Green Bay Packers football team call themselves "cheeseheads." Milwaukee, the state's largest city, helps make Wisconsin one of the largest manufacturing states in the nation.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Wisconsin include:
The Flag of Wisconsin|
Entered the Union in 1848 as the 30th State; flag adopted in 1913, modified in 1981. Various symbols of agriculture, mining, shipping, and industry are found in the coast of arms of Wisconsin. The badger over the shield is a reference to the State nickname.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Milwaukee, 596,974; Madison, 208,054; Green Bay, 102,313; Kenosha, 90,352; Racine, 81,855; Appleton, 70,087; Waukesha, 64,825; Oshkosh, 62,916; Eau Claire, 61,704; West Allis, 61,254
Business and Trade in Wisconsin
Agriculture: Cheese, dairy products, cattle, hogs, vegetables, corn, cranberries.
Industries: Cheese, dairy products, cattle, hogs, vegetables, corn, cranberries.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Robin
- Flower: Wood Violet (viola papilionacea)
- Tree: Sugar Maple (acer saccharum)
- Song(s): On Wisconsin
- Motto: Forward
5,363,675 (98.8 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 25th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
Illicit Drug Use
Youth Risk Survey
Housing: In Wisconsin, there are 2,321,144 housing units, averaging to 42.7 per sq mile.
Farm & Ranch Living
Posters and Artwork|
Stylized Snowshoer, Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Giclee Print 12" x 16"