Milwaukee County, WI

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Population

952,085

0.067% growth

Median Age

35


Median Household Income

$47,591

0.0336% decline

Poverty Rate

20.5%


Number of Employees

455,061

1.04% decline

Median Property Value

$157,000

3.49% growth

About

In 2017, Milwaukee County, WI had a population of 952k people with a median age of 35 and a median household income of $47,591. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Milwaukee County, WI grew from 951,448 to 952,085, a 0.067% increase and its median household income declined from $47,607 to $47,591, a -0.0336% decrease.

The population of Milwaukee County, WI is 51.1% White Alone, 26% Black or African American Alone, and 15.1% Hispanic or Latino. 16.6% of the people in Milwaukee County, WI speak a non-English language, and 94.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Milwaukee County, WI are University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5,732 degrees awarded in 2016), Marquette University (3,556 degrees), and Milwaukee Area Technical College (2,766 degrees).

The median property value in Milwaukee County, WI is $157,000, and the homeownership rate is 49%. Most people in Milwaukee County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 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 455k people. The largest industries in Milwaukee County, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (74,780 people), Manufacturing (63,660 people), and Retail Trade (45,097 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($56,155), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,974), and Utilities ($52,281).

Median household income in Milwaukee County, WI is $47,591. Males in Milwaukee County, WI have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,230. The income inequality in Milwaukee County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,591

2017 value

± $1,516

-0.0336%

1 Year Growth

± 4.3%

Households in Milwaukee County, WI have a median annual income of $47,591, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,607 in 2016, which represents a -0.0336% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,633

Average Male Salary

± $1,359

$48,230

Average Female Salary

± $1,046

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.32 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $60,448 ± $44,584

  2. Asian

    $56,631 ± $6,181

  3. White

    $48,750 ± $822

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than Asian 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.

0.452

2017 Wage GINI

0.454

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.373% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 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 351

  3. Census Tract 702

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Milwaukee County, WI was Census Tract 401 with a value of $156,250, followed by Census Tract 351 and Census Tract 702, with respective values of $150,750 and $137,258.

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 13.4%. 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

455k

2017 Value

± 10,517

-1.04%

1 Year decline

± 3.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Milwaukee County, WI declined at a rate of -1.04%, from 460k employees to 455k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Milwaukee County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (63,869 people), Sales & Related Occupations (39,994 people), and Production Occupations (38,272 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 (63,869 people), Sales & Related Occupations (39,994 people), and Production Occupations (38,272 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 (1.55 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.21 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Milwaukee County, WI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($71,254), Management Occupations ($66,673), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($66,039).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

455k

2017 Value

± 10,517

-1.04%

1 Year decline

± 3.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Milwaukee County, WI declined at a rate of -1.04%, from 460k employees to 455k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Milwaukee County, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (74,780 people), Manufacturing (63,660 people), and Retail Trade (45,097 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 (74,780 people), Manufacturing (63,660 people), and Retail Trade (45,097 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Milwaukee County, WI has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.45 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.38 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Milwaukee County, WI, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($56,155), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,974), and Utilities ($52,281).

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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. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($28B) and Machinery ($26B).

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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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% 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. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

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 952k people, from which 94.8% 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 487k White Alone residents (51.1%), 248k Black or African American Alone residents (26%), 144k Hispanic or Latino residents (15.1%), 41.7k Asian Alone residents (4.38%), 23.8k Two or More Races residents (2.5%), 4.15k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.436%), 3.97k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.417%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Milwaukee County, WI are Spanish (90,938 speakers), Hmong (9,661 speakers), and Arabic (4,008 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Milwaukee County, WI was 35. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Milwaukee County, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, 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

    75,540 ± 6,704 people

  2. India

    37,144 ± 4,717 people

  3. China

    17,388 ± 3,233 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 75,540 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 37,144 and China with 17,388.

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Citizenship

94.8%

2017 Citizenship

94.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.8% of Milwaukee County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Milwaukee County, WI was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    487k ± 2.73k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    248k ± 2.77k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    144k ± 7.95k

In 2017, there were 1.97 times more White Alone residents (487k people) in Milwaukee County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 248k Black or African American Alone and 144k 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

    90,938 speakers (10.3%)

  2. Hmong

    9,661 speakers (1.09%)

  3. Arabic

    4,008 speakers (0.452%)

16.6% of Milwaukee County, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Milwaukee County, WI was Spanish. 10.3% of the overall population of Milwaukee County, WI are native Spanish speakers. 1.09% speak Hmong and 0.452% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    11,924 ± 1,323

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,958 ± 1,334

  3. Korea

    4,091 ± 685

Milwaukee County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Milwaukee County, WI awarded 16,777 degrees. The student population of Milwaukee County, WI is skewed towards women, with 28,879 male students and 37,828 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Milwaukee County, WI are White (11,405 and 70.9%), followed by Black or African American (1,725 and 10.7%), Hispanic or Latino (1,349 and 8.38%), and Asian (746 and 4.64%).

The largest universities in Milwaukee County, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5,732 and 34.2%), Marquette University (3,556 and 21.2%), and Milwaukee Area Technical College (2,766 and 16.5%).

The most popular majors in Milwaukee County, WI are Registered Nursing (1,117 and 6.66%), General Business Administration & Management (869 and 5.18%), and General Psychology (465 and 2.77%).

The median tuition costs in Milwaukee County, WI are $27,973 for private four year colleges, and $8,091 and $18,449 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 629 degrees awarded

  2. 442 degrees awarded

  3. 429 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Milwaukee County, WI was Registered Nursing with 629 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. 5,732 degrees awarded

  2. 3,556 degrees awarded

  3. 2,766 degrees awarded

$8,091

Median In-State Public

$27,973

Median Private

In 2016, the Milwaukee County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with 5,732 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

7,072

Degrees Awarded to Men

9,705

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 7,072 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Milwaukee County, WI, which is 0.729 times less than the 9,705 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

    11,405 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,725 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,349 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Milwaukee County, WI were to White students. These 11,405 degrees mean that there were 6.61 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,725 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Milwaukee County, WI was $157,000 in 2017, which is 0.722 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $151,700 to $157,000, a 3.49% increase. The homeownership rate in Milwaukee County, WI is 49%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Milwaukee County, WI have an average commute time of 21.6 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.

Income

Household Income

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$47,591

Median Household Income

± $1,516

376k

Number of Households

± 8,805

In 2017, the median household income of the 376k households in Milwaukee County, WI declined from $47,591 from the previous year's value of $47,607.

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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Housing

Property Value

$157,000

2017 Median

± $3,193

$151,700

2016 Median

± $2,471

In 2017, the median property value in Milwaukee County, WI grew to to $157,000 from the previous year's value of $151,700.

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 $150k - $175k 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

49%

2017 Homeownership

49.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 49% of the housing units in Milwaukee County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 49.4%.

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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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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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Milwaukee County, WI have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.59% 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

    77.5%

  2. Carpooled

    8.34%

  3. Public Transit

    5.08%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Milwaukee County, WI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Public Transit.

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