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Location of the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA in Wisconsin
Location of the Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha CSA in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha metropolitan area (also known as Metro Milwaukee or Greater Milwaukee) is an urban area identified by the U.S. Census Bureau containing five counties in southeastern Wisconsinmarker: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Washingtonmarker and Ozaukeemarker. The region's population was 1,671,770 at the 2000 census. Its estimated population was 1,739,497 as of 2007.

The Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha Combined Statistical Area is made up of the Milwaukee–Waukesha–West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties) and the Racine Metropolitan Statistical Area (Racine County), according to the U.S. Census. Although Kenosha is halfway between Chicagomarker and Milwaukeemarker and has many residents who commute to Milwaukee, it is not considered by the census to be in the Milwaukee CSA.

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker is the hub of the metropolitan area. The northern and eastern parts of Racine County, eastern parts of Waukesha County, southern part of Ozaukee County, southeastern part of Washington County, and remainder of Milwaukee County are the most urbanized parts of the outlying counties.

The character of the area varies widely. Mequonmarker, Brookfieldmarker, and the North Shore (Fox Pointmarker, Whitefish Baymarker, River Hillsmarker, Shorewoodmarker, Glendalemarker, and Baysidemarker) are more prosperous, while West Milwaukeemarker, West Allismarker, and St. Francismarker are more blue-collar.

Metro Milwaukee draws commuters from outlying areas such as Madisonmarker, Chicagomarker and the Fox Cities.


There are five counties in the U.S. Census Bureau's Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha metropolitan area.[93216]



Other principal cities

Metro area cities and villages with more than 10,000 inhabitants

Metro area cities and villages with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated communities

Debate over metropolitan government

Although each county and its various municipalities are self-governing, there is some cooperation in the metropolitan area. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is a state-chartered government agency which serves 28 municipalities in the five counties.

At the same time, some in the area see the need for more consolidation in government services. The Kettl Commission and former Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum have supported initiatives to do this. However, full consolidation has been criticized as a means of diluting minority voting power.


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