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Statistics and Fun Facts About Wisconsin

Statistics and Fun Facts About Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Admitted to Union: May 29, 1848 as the 30th State
  • Capital: Madison
  • Highest Elevation: Timms Hill (Price County) 1,951.5 feet
  • Population (2000): 5,363,675
  • Largest City (1990): Milwaukee: 628,088
  • Land Area: 34.8 million acres
  • Water Area: 1.13 million acres
  • State Parks: 60,570 acres
  • State Forests: 471,329 acres
  • Length: 320 miles
  • Width: 295 miles
  • Largest Inland Lake: Lake Winnebago - 30 miles long, 10 miles wide at widest point.
  • Deepest Inland Lake: Green Lake - 236 feet at deepest point.
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Map of Wisconsin

Other Fun Facts

  • Nearly 21 million gallons of ice cream are consumed by Wisconsinites each year.
  • Wisconsin is a leading producer of Ginseng in the United States.
  • Green Bay is known as the "Toilet Paper Capital" of the world.
  • The first ice cream sundae was concocted in Two Rivers in 1881.
  • The Fox River is one of the few rivers in the nation that flows north.
  • Practically all the natural lakes in Wisconsin have resulted from glaciers.
  • According to Wisconsin stories, Wisconsin contains more ghosts per square mile than any other state in the nation.
  • American Birkebeiner, the largest cross country ski race in the US, brings upwards of 5,000 competitors to Cable.
  • The largest experimental aviation event in the world is the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh.
  • Sun Prairie's sweet corn festival is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
  • It takes an average of 100 hours of fishing to catch a 33.4 inch muskie.
  • The first circus in the US was in Delavan, Wisconsin.
  • Sheboygan is the "Bratwurst Capital" of the world.
  • More than 800,000 deer roam Wisconsin woods.
  • Almost 1/3 of all Americans live within a 500 mile radius of Wisconsin/
  • Door County has more shoreline than any other county in the US - over 250 miles.
  • If all of the hunter's on opening day of deer season in Wisconsin were grouped together, they would comprise the sixth largest army in the world.