South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
South Milwaukee is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States and is part of the Midwest. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin's capital is...

, United States
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. The population was 21,256 at the 2000 census.


South Milwaukee is located at 42°54′40"N 87°51′51"W (42.911016, -87.864030).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²), of which, 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²) of it is land and 0.21% is water.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 21,256 people, 8,694 households, and 5,616 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 4,447.5 people per square mile (1,716.9/km²). There were 9,122 housing units at an average density of 1,908.6 per square mile (736.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.81% White, 1.04% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races
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, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.01% of the population.

There were 8,694 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples
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 living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,197, and the median income for a family was $54,474. Males had a median income of $38,146 versus $27,121 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $20,925. About 4.5% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.


South Milwaukee is the headquarters of Bucyrus International
Bucyrus International
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, formerly Bucyrus-Erie, which is known for constructing large shovels and dragline excavator
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s, including Big Muskie
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, the world's largest mobile earth-moving machine. Bucyrus shovels were used in the construction of the Panama Canal
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Within South Milwaukee's borders is Grant Park
Parks of Milwaukee
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, part of the Milwaukee County Park System
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. Grant Park features the Oak Leaf Bike trail, tennis courts, a swimming beach, an 18-hole golf course and the Seven Bridges Hiking Trail along the shore of Lake Michigan.

In 2005, the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center was built adjacent to the new South Milwaukee High School
South Milwaukee High School
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. This Performing Arts Center, which is open to the public, hosts a variety of entertainment.

Notable people

  • Richard Grobschmidt
    Richard Grobschmidt
    Richard Grobschmidt is an American educator and former Democratic politician from South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served five terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly and parts of three terms in the Wisconsin State Senate , before resigning to take a position with the Wisconsin Department of Public...

     lived in South Milwaukee, graduated from South Milwaukee High School, taught there, and represented South Milwaukee in the Wisconsin State Assembly
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     and then the Wisconsin State Senate
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     from 1985-2003.
  • Roger Sherman Hoar
    Roger Sherman Hoar
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     - Massachusetts
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     State Senator and author who lived in South Milwaukee
  • Jackie Kashian
    Jackie Kashian
    Jackie Kashian is an American stand-up comedian and is of Armenian descent.Kashian was born in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised by her father, Elliot, and her stepmother, Nancy, along with her four older brothers and one older sister...

    , stand-up comedian born in South Milwaukee and graduated from South Milwaukee High, who refers to South Milwaukee in her act as being "east of Milwaukee"
  • Reginald Lisowski
    Reginald Lisowski
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    , an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "The Crusher"
  • NFL player Phil Sobocinski
    Phil Sobocinski
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     was born in South Milwaukee.
  • Medal of Honor
    Medal of Honor
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     recipient Gary George Wetzel
    Gary George Wetzel
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     was born in South Milwaukee
  • Chuck Zehner
    Chuck Zehner
    Chuck Zehner was the producer and host of the PBS/Milwaukee Public Television series Tracks Ahead. He hosted the show from 1990-2000. He died on December 2, 2000 of a Heart Attack in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After his death, Spencer Christian took over and is the current host of Tracks Ahead....

    , the former host of the PBS series Tracks Ahead
    Tracks Ahead
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    lived in South Milwaukee.

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