Milwaukee County, WI

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Population

948,201

0.408% decline

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$49,636

4.3% growth

Poverty Rate

20.5%


Number of Employees

461,177

1.34% growth

Median Property Value

$162,600

3.57% growth

About

In 2018, Milwaukee County, WI had a population of 948k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $49,636. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Milwaukee County, WI declined from 952,085 to 948,201, a -0.408% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,591 to $49,636, a 4.3% increase.

The population of Milwaukee County, WI is 50.7% White Alone, 25.9% Black or African American Alone, and 15.4% Hispanic or Latino. 18.1% of the people in Milwaukee County, WI speak a non-English language, and 94.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Milwaukee County, WI are University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5,725 degrees awarded in 2017), Marquette University (3,364 degrees), and Milwaukee Area Technical College (3,209 degrees).

The median property value in Milwaukee County, WI is $162,600, and the homeownership rate is 48.9%. Most people in Milwaukee County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Milwaukee County, WI is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Milwaukee County, WI employs 461k people. The largest industries in Milwaukee County, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (80,002 people), Manufacturing (68,107 people), and Retail Trade (51,515 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($75,749), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,065), and Finance & Insurance ($55,968).

Median household income in Milwaukee County, WI is $49,636. Males in Milwaukee County, WI have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,745. The income inequality in Milwaukee County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.441, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,636

2018 value

± $1,375

4.3%

1 Year Growth

± 4.05%

Households in Milwaukee County, WI have a median annual income of $49,636, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,591 in 2017, which represents a 4.3% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,874

Average Male Salary

± $1,364

$47,745

Average Female Salary

± $994

In 2018, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $62,272 ± $34,034

  2. White

    $49,813 ± $828

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,430 ± $8,009

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Milwaukee County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.441

2018 Wage GINI

0.452

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.441 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.52% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 401

  2. Census Tract 702

  3. Census Tract 351

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Milwaukee County, WI was Census Tract 401 with a value of $156,944, followed by Census Tract 702 and Census Tract 351, with respective values of $146,736 and $144,583.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Milwaukee County, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Milwaukee County, WI (192k out of 934k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    86,517 ± 1,801

  2. White

    71,073 ± 1,723

  3. Hispanic

    38,426 ± 1,223

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Milwaukee County, WI is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

461k

2018 Value

± 10,184

1.34%

1 Year growth

± 3.15%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Milwaukee County, WI grew at a rate of 1.34%, from 455k employees to 461k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Milwaukee County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (52,020 people), Sales & Related Occupations (45,095 people), and Production Occupations (42,120 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Milwaukee County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Milwaukee County, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (52,020 people), Sales & Related Occupations (45,095 people), and Production Occupations (42,120 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Milwaukee County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.67 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.62 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Milwaukee County, WI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($83,506), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,291), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($71,212).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

461k

2018 Value

± 10,184

1.34%

1 Year growth

± 3.15%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Milwaukee County, WI grew at a rate of 1.34%, from 455k employees to 461k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Milwaukee County, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (80,002 people), Manufacturing (68,107 people), and Retail Trade (51,515 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Milwaukee County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Milwaukee County, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Milwaukee County, WI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (80,002 people), Manufacturing (68,107 people), and Retail Trade (51,515 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Milwaukee County, WI has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.52 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.47 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Milwaukee County, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($75,749), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,065), and Finance & Insurance ($55,968).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $41.9B

  2. $30.3B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $41.9B, followed by Machinery ($30.3B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$356B

2020 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

38.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $356B. This is expected to increase 38.5% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.3B

  2. $29.3B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.3B, followed by Minnesota with $29.3B and Michigan and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.8% of the population of Milwaukee County, WI has health coverage, with 49.6% on employee plans, 23.1% on Medicaid, 9.87% on Medicare, 9.47% on non-group plans, and 0.767% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Milwaukee County, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Milwaukee County, WI see 1382 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.17% increase from the previous year (1366 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1312 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 386 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,382 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Milwaukee County, WI see an average of 1,382 patients per year. This represents a 1.17% increase from the previous year (1,366 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Milwaukee County, WI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.21%

Uninsured

49.6%

Employer Coverage

23.1%

Medicaid

9.87%

Medicare

9.47%

Non-Group

0.767%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Milwaukee County, WI grew by 6.64% from 6.76% to 7.21%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Milwaukee County, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Milwaukee County, WI is home to a population of 948k people, from which 94.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.85% of Milwaukee County, WI residents were born outside of the country (84.3k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Milwaukee County, WI is composed of 481k White Alone residents (50.7%), 246k Black or African American Alone residents (25.9%), 146k Hispanic or Latino residents (15.4%), 41.2k Asian Alone residents (4.35%), 28.3k Two or More Races residents (2.99%), 3.69k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.39%), 2.33k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.246%), and 290 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0306%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Milwaukee County, WI are Spanish (101,970 speakers), Other Languages of Asia (6,418 speakers), and Hmong (6,392 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in Milwaukee County, WI was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Milwaukee County, WI are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Milwaukee County, WI residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.85%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

84.3k people

8.86%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

84.3k people

As of 2017, 8.85% of Milwaukee County, WI residents (84.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Milwaukee County, WI was 8.86%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    82,867 ± 7,017 people

  2. India

    24,020 ± 3,797 people

  3. China

    15,072 ± 3,010 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 82,867 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 24,020 and China with 15,072.

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Citizenship

94.7%

2018 Citizenship

94.8%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 94.7% of Milwaukee County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Milwaukee County, WI was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    481k ± 2.14k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    246k ± 3.34k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    146k ± 8.03k

In 2018, there were 1.96 times more White Alone residents (481k people) in Milwaukee County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 246k Black or African American Alone and 146k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Milwaukee County, WI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    101,970 speakers (11.5%)

  2. Other Languages of Asia

    6,418 speakers (0.726%)

  3. Hmong

    6,392 speakers (0.723%)

18.1% of Milwaukee County, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.9%. In 2018, the most common non-English language spoken in Milwaukee County, WI was Spanish. 11.5% of the overall population of Milwaukee County, WI are native Spanish speakers. 0.726% speak Other Languages of Asia and 0.723% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    13,671 ± 1,592

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,717 ± 1,166

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,547 ± 983

Milwaukee County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Milwaukee County, WI awarded 16,737 degrees. The student population of Milwaukee County, WI is skewed towards women, with 27,987 male students and 36,830 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Milwaukee County, WI are White (11,050 and 69%), followed by Black or African American (1,672 and 10.4%), Hispanic or Latino (1,474 and 9.2%), and Asian (860 and 5.37%).

The largest universities in Milwaukee County, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5,725 and 34.2%), Marquette University (3,364 and 20.1%), and Milwaukee Area Technical College (3,209 and 19.2%).

The most popular majors in Milwaukee County, WI are Registered Nursing (1,188 and 7.1%), General Business Administration & Management (823 and 4.92%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (452 and 2.7%).

The median tuition costs in Milwaukee County, WI are $28,842 for private four year colleges, and $7,421 and $13,060 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 733 degrees awarded

  2. 434 degrees awarded

  3. 383 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Milwaukee County, WI was Registered Nursing with 733 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Milwaukee County, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,725 degrees awarded

  2. 3,364 degrees awarded

  3. 3,209 degrees awarded

$7,421

Median In-State Public

$28,842

Median Private

In 2017, the Milwaukee County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with 5,725 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,829

Degrees Awarded to Men

9,908

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 6,829 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Milwaukee County, WI, which is 0.689 times less than the 9,908 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Milwaukee County, WI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    11,050 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,672 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,474 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Milwaukee County, WI were to White students. These 11,050 degrees mean that there were 6.61 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,672 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Milwaukee County, WI was $162,600 in 2018, which is 0.708 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $157,000 to $162,600, a 3.57% increase. The homeownership rate in Milwaukee County, WI is 48.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Milwaukee County, WI have an average commute time of 21.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Milwaukee County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$162,600

2018 Median

± $2,251

$157,000

2017 Median

± $3,193

In 2018, the median property value in Milwaukee County, WI grew to to $162,600 from the previous year's value of $157,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Milwaukee County, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Milwaukee County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$49,636

Median Household Income

± $1,375

384k

Number of Households

± 9,084

In 2018, the median household income of the 384k households in Milwaukee County, WI grew to $49,636 from the previous year's value of $47,591.

The following chart displays the households in Milwaukee County, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Milwaukee County, WI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Milwaukee County, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

48.9%

2018 Homeownership

49%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 48.9% of the housing units in Milwaukee County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 49%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Milwaukee County, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Milwaukee County, WI have a shorter commute time (21.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.35% of the workforce in Milwaukee County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.4%

  2. Carpooled

    8.44%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.5%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Milwaukee County, WI was Drove Alone (78.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.44%) and those who Worked At Home (4.5%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Milwaukee County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Milwaukee County, WI have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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