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Wisconsin - The Badger State

Wisconsin is located in the upper Midwestern part of the United States. Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin, whereas Milwaukee is the largest city here. As per the United States Census Bureau estimates, Wisconsin has a population of about 5.9 million in 2021 with the maximum population concentration (one-third of the state's population) in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area. This makes Wisconsin the 20th most densely populated state in America.

Wisconsin is bordered by the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan, and the great lakes, namely Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The state was originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Menominee, Ojibwe, Dakota Sioux, Winnebago, Potawatomi, and Sauk. Wisconsin received its statehood on May 29, 1848, making it the 30th state of America. The Badger State experiences a humid continental climate with mildly humid summers and snowy winters.

Major Cities in Wisconsin


With an estimated population of 578,000, Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin. Situated in Milwaukee County, the city has got several nicknames such as Cream City, Brew City, Beer Capital of the World, City of Festivals, and so on. Milwaukee was incorporated as a city on January 31, 1846. The city is also a major educational hub because of the presence of numerous institutes of higher learning such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette University, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Cardinal Stritch University, and several others.


Madison is the second-largest city in Wisconsin with an estimated population of around 270,000. Madison was founded in 1836 and established as a city in the year 1856. It was named in honor of America's Founding Father and diplomat, James Madison. It is also the capital city of the state. Madison is also a major tourist spot because of the presence of several beautiful lakes and parks and is also popularly called "The City of Four Lakes". Some of the popular sites in this city are Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace, Allen Centennial Gardens, etc. The prestigious University of Wisconsin-Madison is also situated in this city.

Green Bay

Green Bay has an estimated population of 108,000 making it the third-biggest city in the Badger State. The city is located in Brown County beside the Fox River. It has got a variety of nicknames such as "Bayland", "Bay City", "Packerland", and "Packer City". Major institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Rasmussen College-Wisconsin are situated in this city. Green Bay is also a popular travel destination with its top tourist sites such as the National Railroad Museum, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Green Bay Botanical Garden, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Heritage Hill State Historical Park, and so on.


With an estimated population of about 100,000, Kenosha is the fourth-largest city in the Badger State. IT is located in Kenosha County. Kenosha was founded in the year 1835 and was established as a city on February 8, 1850. The city of Kenosha is a major economic hub with important industries such as manufacturing, tourism, transportation, and healthcare services. Major tourist attractions in this city include Anderson Arts Center, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Gateway Classic Cars, Kenosha History Center, and so on.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Wisconsin

The cost of living in Wisconsin is lower than that of the United State's national average. Housing costs and the cost of transportation are extremely affordable in this state and are considerably cheaper than the national average. Madison, Delafield, Fitchburg, Lake Geneva, etc., are some of the most expensive cities to live in Wisconsin. Some of the most affordable cities here are Waupaca, Merrill, Rothschild, and Waupun.

The cost of education is affordable to moderately high depending on the type of institution. For instance, tuition is affordable for in-state students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison but is costlier for out-of-state students (higher than the national average).

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

Wisconsin has approximately 46 private and 31 public higher education institutions. Some of the best universities/colleges in the state are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


Wisconsin has a plethora of beautiful parks, lakes, farms, and diverse natural landscapes that attract thousands of visitors from across the country and the globe. Some of the most fascinating sites to visit in this state are Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wright's Country Home, Harley-Davidson Museum, Geneva Lake Shore Path, Cave of the Mounds National Landmark, House on the Rock, Devil’s Lake State Park, and a lot more.

Early summers or autumns in Wisconsin are ideal for people to explore the beauty of the state because of the moderate temperatures. Some of the most delicious and popular foods available in the Badger State are Cheese Curds, Garlic Butter-Stuffed Chicken, Cream Puffs, Roesti, Frozen Custard, Cornish Pasties, and several others.

Universities & Colleges in Wisconsin

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison) 47392$11499 / $39727$13590 / $27181
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee) 31363$10454 / $22999$13590 / $27181
Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee) 2973$44954 / $44954$25090 / $25090
Marquette University (Milwaukee) 11491$39727 / $39727$19863 / $19863
Saint Norbert College (De Pere) 2302$41817 / $41817$12545 / $12545
Ripon College (Ripon) 794$38681 / $38681$N/A / $N/A
Carthage College (Kenosha) 2978$40772 / $40772$40772 / $40772
Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) 1188$29272 / $29272$10454 / $10454
Viterbo University (La Crosse) 2756$27181 / $27181$8363 / $8363
Northland College (Ashland) 541$34499 / $34499$N/A / $N/A
Maranatha Baptist University (Watertown) 1434$17772 / $17772$8363 / $8363
Edgewood College (Madison) 2678$28227 / $28227$16727 / $16727
Carroll University (Waukesha) 3508$31363 / $31363$11499 / $11499
Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) 3176$29272 / $29272$12545 / $12545
Mount Mary University (Milwaukee) 1554$33454 / $33454$16727 / $16727
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family (Manitowoc) 534$31363 / $31363$8363 / $8363
Lakeland College (Plymouth) 3671$27181 / $27181$10454 / $10454
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (La Crosse) 11500$10454 / $18818$11499 / $21954
Concordia University-Wisconsin (Mequon) 7397$32408 / $32408$12545 / $12545
University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville) 10133$8363 / $16727$9409 / $18818
University of Wisconsin-River Falls (River Falls) 6847$9409 / $16727$10454 / $19863
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire) 12637$9409 / $18818$10454 / $20908
Bellin College (Green Bay) 808$22999 / $22999$21954 / $21954
University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie) 10113$10454 / $18818$9409 / $17772
University of Wisconsin-Superior (Superior) 3181$9409 / $16727$10454 / $19863
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Whitewater) 15155$8363 / $17772$10454 / $19863
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Stevens Point) 10201$9409 / $17772$10454 / $20908
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Green Bay) 10185$8363 / $17772$10454 / $20908
Marian University (Fond Du Lac) 2099$29272 / $29272$5227 / $5227
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Oshkosh) 19257$8363 / $16727$10454 / $19863
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha) 5031$8363 / $16727$10454 / $19863
Herzing University-Madison (Madison) 3948$15681 / $15681$12545 / $12545
Rasmussen College-Wisconsin (Green Bay) 1128$11499 / $11499$10454 / $10454
Sacred Heart School of Theology (Franklin) 92$N/A / $N/A$11499 / $11499
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine-Racine (Racine) 77$17772 / $17772$18818 / $18818
Bryant & Stratton College-Milwaukee (Milwaukee) 580$17772 / $17772$N/A / $N/A
Nashotah House (Nashotah) 96$N/A / $N/A$15681 / $15681
Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) 1217$N/A / $N/A$32408 / $32408
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology (Milwaukee) 95$N/A / $N/A$36590 / $36590
Alverno College (Milwaukee) 2003$31363 / $31363$11499 / $11499
Madison Media Institute (Madison) 320$19863 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
University of Phoenix-Wisconsin (Milwaukee) 121$11499 / $11499$15681 / $15681
Northland International University (Dunbar) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa (Wauwatosa) 666$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Lawrence University (Appleton) 1557$45999 / $45999$N/A / $N/A
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (Milwaukee) 627$35545 / $35545$N/A / $N/A
Ottawa University-Milwaukee (Brookfield) 330$13590 / $13590$12545 / $12545
Beloit College (Beloit) 1358$48090 / $48090$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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