Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

The Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metro area is an eight country metro area located in southeastern Wisconsin and the largest metropolitan area in the state.

Milwaukee has become a prime destination in the Midwest for migrants and immigrants alike. It's economy has been on the rise over the past several decades, this combined with a large health care industry has made Milwaukee a good city for immigrants looking for wo

Total Population: 1,575,747

(An increase of 1.28 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 106,642
  • Language Spoken at Home - 175,185

Quick Facts

  • The greater Milwaukee area is the largest metro area in the state of Wisconsin, and the city itself is the largest in the state as well.

  • Milwaukee is the home of six Fortune 500 companies

  • Mexicans are the largest people group in the city at over 38,000 foreign-born residents.

  • Milwaukee has the fifth largest Hmong population in the country at nearly 10,000 people.

  • The Hmong population in the greater Milwaukee area has more than doubled in the past two decades.


Milwaukee's population is primarily made up of White Non-Hispanic people, and has a history of European immigration. However, more recently the immigrant population has begun to rise, due primarily to the influx of Latino, and Asian immigrants.

The largest Ethnic group in the greater Milwaukee area are Latinos, and the largest people group is Mexicans. Approximately 40% of all immigrants are from Latino countries, and over a third of the foreign-born population is from Mexico. The increase in the Latino population is a recent trend which is expected to continue on into the future.

The second largest Ethnic group in Milwaukee are from Asia. Large groups of immigrants from east, southeast, and south Asian countries have arrived in Milwaukee of the past couple of decades. Many of these foreign-born residents are immigrants and refugees from Laos, and Milwaukee now has one of the top five largest Hmong populations in the United States. Many of these Hmong immigrants and refugees have settled in the north and northwest areas of the city.

People Group Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
DominicanDominican RepublicAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal498
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity811
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal634
NicaraguanNicaraguaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic466
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic440
PeruvianPeruAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic476
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam307
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism447
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant1,184
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism3,391
Hmong, WhiteLaosEast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions9,830
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,407
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox4,476
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,917
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox3,731
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,620
HungarianHungaryEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic212
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,958
SerbSerbiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity2,004
Albanian, GhegKosovoEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesIslam - Sunni605
CroatCroatiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic802
CzechCzechiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox514
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity1,475
LuxembourgerLuxembourgEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious1,680
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia1,411

Ethnic Links

Hmong in Wisconsin- A good site detailing the history of the Hmong people in the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Indians- A website with news and information on the people and events happening in the Indian community in the state of Wisconsin,