Wisconsin by the Numbers:
Key Statistical Data and Facts

Key Details

  • Wisconsin is the 25th largest state in the U.S, with an estimated population of 5,892,529 and a median age of 39.6 years. 
  • As of 2023, 2,401,818 households had an average of 2.39 people per home and 67.4% of homes were owner-occupied. 
  • In 2019, Tony Evers made history by becoming the first Democratic governor to win in Wisconsin in a midterm election with a Democratic president since 1962 
  • Up to 92.9% of residents had a high school diploma or higher; 31.5 % had a Bachelor's degree or more as their highest level of education. 
  • In February 2023, Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to a low of 2.7%. 

Wisconsin Population Demographics

Located in the Midwest United States, Wisconsin is the 25th largest state by area. It had an estimated population of 5,892,539 in July 2022 and a population density of 108.8 persons per square mile. The Badger State also had a median age of 39.6 years, higher than the national median of 38.8 years.  

Individuals under the age of 5 account for 5.4% of the state population, those under 18 account for 21.6%, and seniors over 65 account for 17.9%. In total, females made up 49.9% of residents

Wisconsin Housing

2,401,818 households
According to census estimates, between 2017 and 2021, Wisconsin had 2,401,818 households, with an average of 2.39 people per home.
2,770,583 housing
The state also had 2,770,583 housing units
of which were owner-occupied.
During the same period, the estimated median price of a homeowner-occupied residence was $200,400.
$1,491 to $578
Monthly costs ranged from $1,491 (with a mortgage) to $578 (without a mortgage).
Renters paid a monthly total rent of $916.
of individuals remained in the same residence as the previous year. 

Wisconsin Racial Demographics


According to the 2020 Census, the state's racial makeup included an 80.4% white population (4,737,545), a 6.4% black or African American population (376,256), a 1.0% American Indian and Alaska Native population (60,428), a 3.0% Asian population (175,702), and a 6.1% multiracial population (359,534).

  • White only
  • Black or African-American alone
  • Asian alone
White alone 66% 
Black or African American  4.5% 
Asian alone 10% 
Hispanic or Latinos 13.7% 
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 

Elections in Wisconsin

As of 2023, Wisconsin's governor's office is held by a Democrat, while the Republican Party controls both state legislative chambers. Gubernatorial elections were held on November 8, 2022, to elect the governor of Wisconsin. Tony Evers, Wisconsin's incumbent Democratic governor, was re-elected to a second term with up to 51.15% of the votes (1,358,774).  

Evers defeated Republican Party nominee Tim Michels and independent candidate Seth Haskin. Tony Evers made history with this victory, becoming the first Democratic governor to win in Wisconsin in a midterm election with a Democratic president since 1962. 

2020 Presidential Election 

During the 2020 general election, Former Vice President and Democrat Joe Biden won Wisconsin with 49.45% (1,630,673) of the total 3,297,352 votes cast, defeating President Donald Trump, who garnered 48.83% (1,610,065) of the votes. 

Joe Biden

49.45% of votes

Donald Trump

48.83% of votes

Wisconsin Voting Statistics

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, there were 3,468,390 persons registered to vote in the state in August 2022. This figure represents almost three-quarters of the state's adult population, of which the vast majority, but not all, are eligible to vote. As of May 1, 2023, the state of Wisconsin has a total of 3,609,590 active registered voters. 

General Election 

For the 2020 general elections, the state of Wisconsin registered 4,892,871 voters, according to data released by the Wisconsin Secretary of State. A total of 4,116,894 ballots were counted. The state saw a voter turnout of 84.14%. Wisconsin has seen a relatively high voter turnout since 2008. The state has only recorded a voter turnout lower than 70% just twice since 2008, those years being 2022 (63.82%) and 2014 (54.16%).  

YearVoter TurnoutTurnout Percentage (Voting Age Population)
2022 2,668,891 57.09% 
2020 3,308,805 72.94% 
2018 2,688,879 59.77% 
2016 3,004,051 67.34% 
2014 2,422,040 54.84% 
2012 3,071,434 70.14% 
2010 2,171,331 49.66% 
2008 2,996,869 69.20% 

How Educated is Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an above-average rate of high school graduation. Between 2017 and 2021, up to 92.9% of residents in the state held a high school diploma or higher. Additionally, 31.5 % of Wisconsin's population aged 25 and up had a Bachelor's degree or more as their highest level of education.  

As of 2023, Wisconsin has over 80 universities and colleges, the oldest of which is Carroll University (established in 1846). The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the largest college in the state, with over 47,000 enrolled students, followed by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 23,000+ and 14,000+ enrolments.

South Carolina Employment Rate

Employment figures announced by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for February 2023 reveal that Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to a low of 2.7%, 0.2 % lower than January's rate of 2.9%. This figure was also lower than the previous record low of 2.8% set in January through April 2022.   

Unemployment in Wisconsin fell to a record low of 82,900 in February. The state added 7,500 nonfarm jobs, including 7,000 in the service sector and 1,400 in the leisure and hospitality industry. Manufacturing generated 500 new jobs. The labor force also regained some 2,100 workers.

Wisconsin’s labor-force participation rate, 64.5% in February, remained unchanged from January 2023. This represents a higher rate than the national average labor force participation rate of 62.5%.

Average Income in Wisconsin

According to census estimates, the median household income in Wisconsin between 2017 and 2021 was $67,080, while the per capita income was $36,754. During this period, 10.8% of the state's citizens were deemed poor, whereas just 6.1% of Wisconsin households were considered high-income, having an annual income of more than $200,000.

Families in Wisconsin

As of 2023, 49.9% of residents age 15 and older were married, while 33.2% of residents in Wisconsin have never been married. The marriage frequency was highest for men 65 years+ (70.1%) and 55 to 64 years (66.4%). In comparison, women aged 55 to 64 were most likely to be married (65.2%). 23.3% of males between the ages of 20 to 34 were married, while 33.1% of women within the same age range were married. 53.2% of whites aged 15 and older (not Latino or Hispanic) were married, compared to 20.4% of blacks and 39.1% for Hispanics.

Wisconsin Divorce Rates

Fewer divorces were finalized in 2020 than in 2019. Wisconsin had a divorce rate of 2.2 per 1,000 people in 2019. By 2020, that figure had fallen to 2.1 per 1,000 people. 

In 2015, there were 14,986 divorces in Wisconsin, resulting in 2.6 marriages per 1000 population divorce rate. This figure represented a decline from 2014's divorce rate of 2.7 marriages per 1000 inhabitants. Milwaukee County had the most divorces (2,186 divorces and three annulments), followed by Dane County (1,232 divorces and seven annulments) and Waukesha County (940 divorces). 

In that same year, the marriage-to-divorce ratio in Wisconsin was 2.2 to 1, implying that there were 2.2 weddings for every divorce. This ratio had continuously declined from 1920, when it was 9.2 to 1, hitting a low of 6.7 to 1 in 1960 and 2.1 to 1 in 2000.   

Life Expectancy in Wisconsin

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the average life expectancy for Wisconsin-born babies between 2015 and 2017 was 80 years old. This decreased from 80.1 years in 2014-2016 and 80.2 years in 2013-2015.  

The life expectancy at birth for Tennessee as of 2020 was 73.8 years. This is five years lower than the U.S. average of 78.8 years and lower than the rate in 2019 when it was 75.6 years. In 2019, males in Tennessee had a life expectancy at birth of 72.8, while for females, it was 78.5. Life expectancy for Tennessee men was almost three years lower than for Tennessee women in 2019. This difference was the ninth highest in the U.S.

Senior citizens in Tennessee have a life expectancy of 18 years at age 65, the 45th place out of all states in the U.S. and D.C. Females had a life expectancy at 65 of 19.3 years, while males had a life expectancy of 16.5 years. The four leading causes of death in Tennessee since 2020 have been heart disease, cancer, Covid-19, and accidents.

Wisconsin Crime Rates

As of 2011, the rate of violent crime offenses in Tennessee was 607.8 per 100,000 persons. This increased to 672.2 by 2020. Tennessee’s rate was higher than that of the U.S. during this period. There were 34,682 violent crime incidents in 2020, which reduced marginally (0.003%) to 34,585 in 2021.

Collated data on the property crime rates in Tennessee from 2010 to 2020 show a steady decline consistent with the national trend. However, Tennessee's figures continue to be above that of the U.S., with a rate of about 3,600 per 100,000 persons as of 2010 and just under 2,500 in 2020.

Wisconsin Incarceration Rate

31,330 inmates
As of December 2019, Tennessee housed 31,330 inmates in 112 jails located in 95 counties.
26,349 prisoners
Also, in this same period, there were 26,349 prisoners in 11 state or private prisons under the jurisdiction of Tennessee correctional authorities.
Tennessee also has a community correction system with a population of 62,472 under probation and 11,058 on parole.
As of 2021, the most prevalent primary offense for inmates was homicide at 19.6%, followed by drug-related crimes at 18.1%. Assault and sex-related offenses were both at 13.6%.
42 %
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black persons made up 42 % of the inmate population in Wisconsin's state and federal correctional facilities in 2020 while only constituting only 6% of the entire state population.

Wisconsin Bankruptcy Rate

2,593 bankruptcy filings

U.S. Bankruptcy Court data shows that the annual number of bankruptcies filed in Wisconsin declined significantly between 2011 (7,817 cases) and 2021 (2,593 cases). In 2022, the courts only received 2037 bankruptcy petitions, comprising 1,446 Chapter 7 cases, 8 Chapter 11 cases, 2 Chapter 12 cases, and 581 Chapter 13 cases. Between April 2022 and April 2023, there was a 7.5% decrease in bankruptcy filings, with filings declining from 226 cases in 2022 to 209 in 2023. 

Weird Laws in Wisconsin

  • Section 97.18(4) makes it illegal for restaurants to serve margarine as a substitute for butter unless the customer specifically requests it.
  • According to Section 97.18(5), it is illegal for servers to offer margarine to children, detainees, or hospital patients unless a physician expressly authorizes them.
  • In Brookfield, Wisconsin, it is illegal for a person to allow another person to make prank calls using their phone.
  • To repel insects such as mosquitoes and flies, Hudson, Wisconsin, residents must have screens on their windows from May 1 until October 1.
  • Under Wisconsin Statutes Section 146.085, it is illegal for the owner or manager of any public building to charge an admission fee for using any toilet compartment. Hence, there are no entrance charges for using public restrooms.
  • Snowball fights are strictly prohibited in Wausau, Wisconsin.
  • Bicyclists are not permitted to execute any feats or tricks on the public streets in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Hence, they must ensure that their hands are on the handlebars and their feet are on the pedals at all times.
  • Section 70-153 of the Sheboygan City Code mandates that residents who choose to sprinkle their lawns may water them without causing disturbance to others.
  • It is illegal to misrepresent yourself as coming from rich parents.
  • It is common to pass by fields of cows, sheep, and other animals in Wisconsin. Hence, livestock have the right of way on public roads.

Cities in Wisconsin

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Cities in Wisconsin