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State Demographics Data - WI

Wisconsin

Demographics & Social
2016
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 288,544
% Foreign Born 5.0%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2016 48.9%
% change: 1990-2000 59.4%
Race (%)  
One race 98.2%
White
44.0%
Black or African American
5.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
32.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.1%
Other race
15.6%
Two or more races 1.8%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 107,335
% Latino 37.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.8%
5-17 7.4%
18-64 79.7%
65 and older 12.1%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

40.3
Gender (% female) 49.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.3%
Married 59.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 14.4%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 5,490,165
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 6.2%
% change: 1990-2000 8.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.5%
White 87.7%
Black or African American 6.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9%
Asian 1.1%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 1.5%
Two or more races 2.5%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 279,680
% Latino 5.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.0%
5-17 16.9%
18-64 60.8%
65 and older 16.3%
Median Age 39.3
Gender (% female) 50.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.9%
Married 49.5%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 17.6%
Foreign Born
Number 193,751
% Foreign Born 3.6%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 5,169,924
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Foreign Born
Number 121,547
% Foreign Born 2.5%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 4,770,222
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

288,544
Born in Africa 15,724
Born in Asia 106,770
Born in Europe 47,110
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 110,886
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 7,366
Born in Oceania 688
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 India
Country #3 China (exc. Taiwan)
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

288,544
Europe 47,110
Northern Europe 7,701
United Kingdom
5,255
Ireland
624
Other Northern Europe
1,822
Western Europe 13,648
France
1,497
Germany
9,101
Other Western Europe
3,050
Southern Europe 4,382
Italy
1,815
Portugal
0
Other Southern Europe
2,567
Eastern Europe 21,251
Poland
3,547
Russia
3,640
Other Eastern Europe
14,064
Other Europe (no country specified) 128
Asia 106,770
Eastern Asia 28,986
China
19,667

China, excluding Taiwan

18,010

Taiwan

1,657
Japan
1,431
Korea
7,812
Other Eastern Asia
76
South Central Asia 27,585
India
20,318
Iran
598
Other South Central Asia
6,669
Southeastern Asia 42,159
Philippines
8,191
Vietnam
3,290
Other Southeastern Asia
30,678
Western Asia 7,259
Israel
481
Lebanon
211
Other Western Asia
6,567
Other Asia (no country specified) 781
Africa 15,724
Eastern Africa 4,783
Northern Africa
2,820
Western Africa
5,073
Middle and Southern Africa
2,128
Other Africa (no country specified)
920
Oceania 688
Australia and New Zealand subregion 464
Oceania (no country specified) 224
Americas 118,252
Latin America 110,886
Caribbean
5,058

Cuba

1,502

Jamaica

1,548

Other Caribbean

2,008
Central America
95,987

Mexico

87,993

El Salvador

1,666

Other Central America

6,328
South America
9,841

Brazil

1,076

Colombia

2,004

Other South America

6,761
Northern America 7,366
Canada
7,360
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 80,687
1990-1999 60,880
2000-2009 84,063
Since 2010 62,914
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 5.4%
Born in Asia 37.0%
Born in Europe 16.3%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 38.4%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.6%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 35.00
Country #2 5.80%
Country #3 5.00
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 16.3%
Northern Europe 2.7%
United Kingdom 1.8%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.6%
Western Europe 4.7%
France 0.5%
Germany 3.2%
Other Western Europe 1.1%
Southern Europe 1.5%
Italy 0.6%
Portugal 0.0%
Other Southern Europe 0.9%
Eastern Europe 7.4%
Poland 1.2%
Russia 1.3%
Other Eastern Europe 4.9%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 37.0%
Eastern Asia 10.0%
China 6.8%
China, excluding Taiwan 6.2%
Taiwan 0.6%
Japan 0.5%
Korea 2.7%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 9.6%
India 7.0%
Iran 0.2%
Other South Central Asia 2.3%
Southeastern Asia 14.6%
Philippines 2.8%
Vietnam 1.1%
Other Southeastern Asia 10.6%
Western Asia 2.5%
Israel 0.2%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 2.3%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.3%
Africa 5.4%
Eastern Africa 1.7%
Northern Africa 1.0%
Western Africa 1.8%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.7%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.3%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 41.0%
Latin America 38.4%
Caribbean 1.8%
Cuba 0.5%
Jamaica 0.5%
Other Caribbean 0.7%
Central America 33.3%
Mexico 30.5%
El Salvador 0.6%
Other Central America 2.2%
South America 3.4%
Brazil 0.4%
Colombia 0.7%
Other South America 2.3%
Northern America 2.6%
Canada 2.6%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 28.0%
1980-1989 21.1%
1990-1999 29.1%
Since 2000 21.8%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 193,751
Born in Africa 4,812
Born in Asia 62,762
Born in Europe 52,213
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 65,683
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 7,228
Cat28 1,046
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 Laos
Country #3 Germany
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 2.5%
Born in Asia 32.4%
Born in Europe 26.9%
Born in Latin America 33.9%
Born in Northern America 3.7%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 27.70
Country #2 8.80%
Country #3 7.20
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 118,289
Born in Africa 2,305
Born in Asia 36,472
Born in Europe 56,589
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 16,593
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 5,764
Cat21 566
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Germany
Country #2 Laos
Country #3 Mexico
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 1.9%
Born in Asia 30.8%
Born in Europe 47.8%
Born in Latin America 14.0%
Born in Northern America 4.9%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 13.80
Country #2 10.50
Country #3 8.70%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 288,544
Naturalized citizens 131,355
Noncitizens 157,189
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 131,355
Before 1980 20,454
1980-1989 12,142
1990-1999 21,833
2000-2009 41,957
Since 2010 34,969
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 45.5%
Noncitizens 54.5%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 15.6%
1980-1989 9.2%
1990-1999 16.6%
2000-2009 31.9%
Since 2010 26.6%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 193,751
Naturalized citizens 76,223
Noncitizens 117,528
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 39.3%
Noncitizens 60.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 121,547
Naturalized citizens 63,611
Noncitizens 57,936
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 52.3%
Noncitizens 47.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 88,401
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 6,740
% married among women who gave birth
84.2%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
15.8%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,214,762
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 63,566
% married among women who gave birth 65.2%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 34.8%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 3.11
Average family size 3.72
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.38
Average family size 2.97
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 1,231,531
Only native parent(s)
1,091,765
One or more foreign-born parents
139,766

Child is native

123,935

Child is foreign born

15,831
Children under age 6 with 389,571
Only native parent(s)
343,945
One or more foreign-born parents
45,626

Child is native

42,830

Child is foreign born

2,796
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 841,960
Only native parent(s)
747,820
One or more foreign-born parents
94,140

Child is native

81,105

Child is foreign born

13,035
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

427,488
Only native parents 357,307
One or more foreign-born parents 70,181
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.3%
Child is native 10.1%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.7%
Child is native 11.0%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.2%
Child is native 9.6%
Child is foreign born 1.5%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 83.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.4%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,323,452
Only native parent(s) 1,236,514
One or more foreign-born parents 86,938
Child is native 67,598
Child is foreign born 19,340
Children under age 6 with 405,095
Only native parent(s) 375,296
One or more foreign-born parents 29,799
Child is native 26,721
Child is foreign born 3,078
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 918,357
Only native parent(s) 861,218
One or more foreign-born parents 57,139
Child is native 40,877
Child is foreign born 16,262
Children in Low-Income Families* 379,819
Only native parents 334,993
One or more foreign-born parents 44,826
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 93.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.6%
Child is native 5.1%
Child is foreign born 1.5%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.4%
Child is native 6.6%
Child is foreign born 0.8%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 93.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.2%
Child is native 4.5%
Child is foreign born 1.8%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 88.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.8%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,260,067
Only native parent(s) 1,207,520
One or more foreign-born parents 52,547
Child is native 41,103
Child is foreign born 11,444
Children under age 6 with 427,544
Only native parent(s) 409,444
One or more foreign-born parents 18,100
Child is native 15,166
Child is foreign born 2,934
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 832,523
Only native parent(s) 798,076
One or more foreign-born parents 34,447
Child is native 25,937
Child is foreign born 8,510
Children in Low-Income Families* 434,545
Only native parents 409,071
One or more foreign-born parents 25,474
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.2%
Child is native 3.3%
Child is foreign born 0.9%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.2%
Child is native 3.5%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.1%
Child is native 3.1%
Child is foreign born 1.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 94.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 5.9%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2016 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.