Our Residents

The Milwaukee Region offers a continual celebration of ethnic diversity – through festivals, foods and folk fairs. Approximately 38 percent of the region’s residents have some German ancestry, but many other ethnic groups are well represented, including: African (16% of residents), Polish (13%), Irish (10%), Scandinavian (7%), English (5%) and French, Italian and Hispanic (each at 4%).

Among the major ethnic festivals are Festa Italiana, German Fest, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, Black Arts Fest MKE, Polish Fest, Indian Summer and Bastille Days. Each of the three-day events attract tens of thousands of revelers who come to celebrate the unique music, foods and cultures of the people who call the Milwaukee Region home.

Population by Municipality
TOP 10 MUNICIPALITIES Population (2016)
Milwaukee 595,047
Kenosha 99,631
Racine 77,571
Waukesha 72,363
West Allis 60,087
Wauwatosa 47,945
New Berlin 39,803
Brookfield 38,016
Greenfield 36,858
Menomonee Falls 36,769


Population in the Region by Age (2016)
under 25 664,638
25-34 275,041
35-64 799,788
65+ 299,297
White 1,609,401
Black/African-American 304,528
Asian 65,391
American Indian 13,975
Native Hawaiian 1,105
Two or more races 44,364
Hispanic/Latino (may be of any race) 224,935


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