Milwaukee metropolitan area

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The Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha metropolitan area (also known as Metro Milwaukee or Greater Milwaukee) is an urban area identified by the U.S. Census Bureau containing eight counties in southeastern Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Washington, Ozaukee, Dodge, Jefferson, and Walworth . The region's population was 2,025,898 at the 2010 census.

Definitions

Location of the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA in Wisconsin
Location of the Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha CSA in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha Combined Statistical Area is made up of the Milwaukee–Waukesha–West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties), the Racine Metropolitan Statistical Area (Racine County), the Beaver Dam Micropolitan Statistica Area (Dodge County), the Watertown-Fort Atkinson Micropolitan Area (Jefferson County), and the Whitewater-Elkorn Micropolitan Area (Walworth County) according to the U.S. Census.[1] Updated definitions released in February 2013 added Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth Counties to the Milwaukee CSA. Kenosha is halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, in fact closer to Milwaukee geographically, but it is included as part of the Chicago CSA metropolitan area as Kenosha has more residents who commute to Chicago.

The city of Milwaukee is the hub of the metropolitan area. The eastern parts of Racine County, eastern parts of Waukesha County, southern part of Ozaukee County, southeastern part of Washington County, and remainder of Milwaukee County are the most urbanized parts of the outlying counties.

The character of the area varies widely. Mequon, Brookfield, and the North Shore (Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, River Hills, Shorewood, Glendale, and Bayside) are more white-collar, while West Milwaukee, West Allis, and St. Francis are more blue-collar.[citation needed]

Metro Milwaukee draws commuters from outlying areas such as Madison, Chicago and the Fox Cities. It is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis containing an estimated 54 million people.

Counties

There are eight counties in the U.S. Census Bureau's Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha metropolitan area.[1]

Cities

Milwaukee, Wisconsin's largest city

Primary

Other principal cities

Metro area cities and villages with more than 10,000 inhabitants

Metro area cities and villages with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated communities

Debate over metropolitan government

Although each county and its various municipalities are self-governing, there is some cooperation in the metropolitan area. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is a state-chartered government agency which serves 28 municipalities in the five counties.

At the same time, some in the area see the need for more consolidation in government services. The Kettl Commission and former Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum have supported initiatives to do this. However, full consolidation has been criticized as a means of diluting minority voting power.

References

Metro Milwaukee Portal

External links