Milwaukee’s population dropped nearly 3% since 2010

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Last updated on August 16th, 2021 at 01:46 pm

The city of Milwaukee’s population dropped nearly 3% since 2010 to 577,222 people in the 2020 Census, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 2.96% percent decline amounts to the loss of 17,611 residents for the city.

All of Milwaukee County saw a slightly smaller 10-year decline at 0.87% or 8,246 people.

Metro Milwaukee, which also includes Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties, saw a 1.21% increase in population, a jump of 18,823 residents to more than 1.57 million.

As a state, Wisconsin’s population climbed 3.6% from 2020, an increase of around 207,000 to 5.89 million.

Waukesha County led the metro area’s increase in sheer volume, adding 17,087 residents, an increase of 4.38%. Ozaukee County had the largest percentage gain of the four, up 5.91% with 5,108 more residents to reach 91,503. Washington County was up 3.7% to 136,761, an increase of 3.7%.

Elsewhere in southeastern Wisconsin, Racine and Kenosha counties both saw population gains.

Kenosha was up 1.64% to 169,141. The city of Kenosha’s population, however, was up just 768 residents of 0.77% to 99,986. Pleasant Prairie’s population increased 7.76% or 1,531 people to 21,250.

Racine County’s population increased 1.19% to 197,727. That growth came despite the loss of 1,044 residents for the city of Racine, a 1.32% drop that was countered by a 5.86% gain for Mount Pleasant, which added 1,535 residents to reach 27,732.

Walworth County saw stronger growth, up 4.16% to 106,478.

Sheboygan County was up 2.19% to 118,034.

Combined, the population of those eight counties increased 1.43% from 2010, a jump of 30,644. Around the region, some of the top gainers included the city of Oconomowoc, up 15.5%, Hartford, up 9.9%, city of Brookfield, up 9.4%, Mequon, up 8.7% and Menomonee Falls, up 8.1%.

Some of the slower growing areas included West Allis, down 0.1%, Waukesha, up 0.6% and the city of Sheboygan, up 1.3%.

Other major population centers in the state saw stronger growth. Dane County, in particular, increased its population 15.05% from 2010 to 561,504, an increase of 73,431. The gain was led by the city of Madison, which added more than 36,600 residents, an increase of 15.7%.

Brown County was up 20,733 or 8.36% to 268,740 as the city of Green Bay increased its population 3.2% to 107,395.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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