Milwaukee Real Estate Information
Milwaukee is one of the twenty five largest cities in the United States of America and by far the largest city in the state of Wisconsin. Milwaukee had a population of approximately five hundred ninety seven thousand residents when the last census was conducted in the year two thousand, although as of estimates published in the year two thousand eight that figure has grown by about seven thousand inhabitants. Milwaukee is the center of both the Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha Metropolitan area and the Greater Milwaukee Area, which have populations of about one million seven hundred and forty thousand and two million, respectively. Milwaukee covers a total area of almost exactly ninety seven square miles, including just one square mile of surface water.
Milwaukee is currently governed by Mayor Tom Barrett, and has recently undergone something of an urban revitalization thanks to a series of civic improvement projects. The original inhabitants of Milwaukee were Native Americans of the Menominee, Sauk, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Winnebago, Fox, and Mascouten Tribes, who settled the area well before European explorers and settlers arrived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The culture of Milwaukee is based heavily off of that of Europe, in particular Germany, leading to one of its many nicknames, the “German Athens”. Other nicknames attributed to Milwaukee include Cream City, Mill Town, the Mill, the City of Festivals, and Brew City. Milwaukee is found along Lake Michigan, and is built almost entirely along the traditional and quintessentially American grid system.
Milwaukee has a vast array of educational institutions, ranging from the massive Milwaukee Public School system and over two dozen private schools to colleges and universities including Alverno College, ITT Technical Institute, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee holds a number of interesting annual celebrations, including Summerfest, the International Arts Festival, and Oktoberfest. Milwaukee also boasts sailing, shopping, fine dining, the Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Other points of interest include the Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World, Old World Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Residents can also enjoy the Fredrick Law Olmsted-designed public parks of Milwaukee, which include Lake Park, Washington Park, and Riverside Park.