Bordered by the Midwestern states of Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, as well as Lakes Michigan and Lake Superior, the "Dairy State" is best known historically for its acres of diary farms as well as lumber, mining and manufacturing.
Today, health care and education are also leading contributors to the Wisconsin economy with major employers that include the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Marshfield Clinic and Aurora Health Care.
Greater Milwaukee, the state's largest metro area, is also home to the international headquarters of 14 Fortune 1000 companies, including Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Kohl's, Harley-Davidson, Rockwell Automation, Wisconsin Energy, Briggs & Stratton, Joy Global, Bucyrus International, A.O. Smith, and GE Healthcare.
In addition, Wisconsin tourism remains a major industry in the state boasting five forest-covered national parks, beautiful lake resorts, and spectacularly scenic Door Peninsula extending off the state's eastern shoreline.
Major cities: Madison (capital), Milwaukee, Green Bay, Kenosha,
Population : 5,556,506
White : 90.1%
Black, African American : 6.0%
Hispanic : 4.5%
High school graduates : 85.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 22.4%
Average household income: $46,142
Personal Income Taxes : Wisconsin imposes an income tax with rates ranging from 4.6 percent to 7.75 percent over five income tax brackets, depending on income and filing status. Residents must file state taxes using Form 1 each year by April 15.
Housing & Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Wisconsin Real Estate Home ownership rate : 68.4%
Average home price : $199,563
Average travel time to work : 20.8 minutes
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