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Milwaukee

Milwaukee Wisconsin
Administration
Full nameMilwaukee
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited States
StateWisconsin
CountiesMilwaukee, Washington, Waukesha
IncorporatedJanuary 31, 1846
Government
TypeStrong mayor-council
MayorTom Barrett (D)
Geography
Total Area96.9 sq mi (251 km2)
Land Area96.1 sq mi (248.9 km2)
Water Area0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
Elevation617 ft (188.1 m)
Demography
Total Population594833 (28th in US) (2010)
Density (pop.)2430.4/km2 (6296.3/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)1308913
Metro (pop.)1555908
CSA1751316
DemonymMilwaukeean
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code414
FIPS code55-53000 
GNIS feature ID1577901 
Major airportGeneral Mitchell International Airport (MKE)

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Milwaukee (-enmɪlˈwɔːkiːpron) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, the 28th most populous city in the United States and 39th most populous region in the United States. It is the county seat of Milwaukee County and is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. According to 2010 census data, the City of Milwaukee has a population of . Milwaukee is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee Racine Waukesha Metropolitan Area with a population of as of 2010. Milwaukee is also the regional center of the seven county Greater Milwaukee Area, with an estimated population of as of 2008.

The first Europeans to pass through the area were French missionaries and fur traders. In 1818, the French-Canadian explorer Solomon Juneau settled in the area, and in 1846 Juneau's town combined with two neighboring towns to incorporate as the City of Milwaukee. Large numbers of German and other immigrants helped increase the city's population during the 1840s and the following decades.

Once known almost exclusively as a brewing and manufacturing powerhouse, Milwaukee's image has changed with the decline of industry in most of the US. In the past decade, major new additions to the city include the Milwaukee Riverwalk, the Frontier Airlines Center, Miller Park, an internationally renowned addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Pier Wisconsin, as well as major renovations to the U.S. Cellular Arena. In addition, many new skyscrapers, condos, lofts and apartments have been constructed in neighborhoods on and near the lakefront and riverbanks.

There have been five ships of the United States Navy named after the city, including USS Milwaukee (LCS-5).


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