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February 13, 2008

Wisconsin Snapshot

Wisconsin in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

Wisconsin, which is holding its presidential primary on Feb. 19, had a 2007 population of 5.6 million that included a higher percentage of non-Hispanic whites and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 77 percent of Wisconsin’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, above the national rate of 64 percent and one of the highest voting percentages nationwide.

These and other statistics about Wisconsin’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Wisconsin U.S.
Median age 37.7 36.4
Women 50.3% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 85.7% 66.4%
Black alone 6.0% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 4.7% 14.8%
Median household income $48,772 $48,451
Foreign born 4.4% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 11.0% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 25.1% 27.0%
Median home value $163,500 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

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