Milwaukee, city in the United States of America, in the state of Wisconsin, on a bay of Lake Michigan, where the rivers Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic flow here, with 628,000 inhabitants. (agglom.: 1.6 million inhabitants).
Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s largest city and one of the nation’s major industrial centers. The industry produces, inter alia, non-electrical machines, foodstuffs, metal products, paper and paper products, electrical appliances and means of transport (including Harley Davidson motorcycles); also graphic companies, publishing house, wood industry and beer brewery. Milwaukee is also of great significance as a port city; since the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway (1959), the harbor has also been accessible to ocean-going vessels.
The city’s educational institutions include Marquette University (1857; university since 1907), the University of Wisconsin (1956), the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (1974). Milwaukee Art Center (including collection of 19th and 20th century art). Botanical garden, animal park. There is a Catholic Archbishop.
The city was founded in 1839 by merging several settlements that had developed here since the early 19th century.