Wisconsin Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Wisconsin
  • U.S. State: Wisconsin
  • Abbreviation: WI
  • Joined the USA: May 29th, 1848 (30th State)
  • Located: Midwestern United States
  • Capital City: Madison, WI
  • Most Populated City: Milwaukee, WI

38 Wisconsin Facts for Kids

  1. Wisconsin is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Wisconsin is in the midwestern region of the United States.
  3. Wisconsin became a U.S. state on Monday, May 29th, 1848.
  4. Wisconsin was the 30th state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of Wisconsin covers 65,498 square miles.
  6. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of Wisconsin was estimated to be 5,822,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, Wisconsin was the 20th most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in Wisconsin is called a Wisconsinite.
  10. The capital city of Wisconsin is Madison.
  11. The four largest cities in Wisconsin are Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Kenosha.
  12. The largest city in by population in Wisconsin is Milwaukee.
  13. The largest metropolitan area in Wisconsin is the Milwaukee metropolitan area
  14. The U.S. state of Wisconsin has 72 counties.
  15. The most populated county in Wisconsin is Milwaukee County with 945,726 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  16. The largest county by area in Wisconsin is Marathon County with 1,544 square miles.
  17. The highest elevation point in Wisconsin is Timms Hill at 1,951 feet above sea level.
  18. The lowest elevation point in Wisconsin is the shoreline of Lake Michigan at 579 feet above sea level.
  19. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Wisconsin is 38.6 inches.
  20. Wisconsin is the 29th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  21. The average temperature in Wisconsin is 44.7 °F.
  22. Wisconsin is the 42nd warmest state in the United States.
  23. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin was 114 °F on July 13th, 1936.
  24. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin was -53 °F on February 4th, 1996.
  25. A few natural disasters that can affect Wisconsin are blizzards, heat waves, ice storms and thunderstorms.
  26. Wisconsin is in one time zone, Central Time Zone (CT).
  27. The USPS abbreviation for Wisconsin is WI.
  28. Wisconsin is also known as the Badger State and America’s Dairyland.
  29. Wisconsin is home to the famous NFL American football team, the Green Bay Packers.
  30. The motto of the U.S. state of Wisconsin is “Forward”.
  31. The official state flower of Wisconsin is the wood violet
  32. The official state tree of Wisconsin is the sugar maple
  33. The official state insect of Wisconsin is the honeybee (Apis).
  34. The official state fish of Wisconsin is the muskie (Esox masquinongy).
  35. The official state bird of Wisconsin is the robin (Turdus migratorius).
  36. The official state animal of Wisconsin is the badger (Mustelidae).
  37. The official state rock of Wisconsin is red granite.
  38. The official state fossil of Wisconsin is trilobite (extinct marine artiopodan arthropod).

Additional Resources on Wisconsin

  • About Wisconsin – Find more information about Wisconsin on the National Geographic Kids website.
  • The History of Wisconsin – Learn about the history of the U.S. state of Wisconsin on the History Channel website.
  • Facts About Wisconsin – Discover some awesome facts about Wisconsin on the Wisconsin History website.
  • Wisconsin – Britannica – Read the Wisconsin entry on the Britannica website to learn more about it.