Although the Irish represent a large portion of the Wisconsin population, their impact is less noticeable than that of other cultures. For instance, Wisconsin is popularly known for German beer and bratwurst.
According to the 2000 Census, 11% of the Wisconsin population claimed Irish heritage. Wisconsin saw large numbers of immigrants throughout the 19th century.
Wisconsin had an important first in education. Wisconsin was the first state in America to open a kindergarten.
Wisconsin is the leading producer of Ginseng in the U.S. The state is also known as the "Dairy Capital" of the United States.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Milwaukee 40th for unemployment among the 50 largest cities in the U.S. in 2010. But under Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee’s unemployment rate has gone up less than the national average.
Riding a wave of Tea Party-fueled conservative momentum in the 2010 midterm elections, Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett to become Wisconsin’s 45th governor. The victory comes with a four-year term.
In Wisconsin, public funding is available for abortion. However, the funding is only in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest or when necessary to prevent long-lasting damage to the woman's physical health.
In Wisconsin, there are restrictions on abortion that were in effect as of January 2011. For example, the parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
Madison's designation as the capital of Wisconsin guaranteed its growth as a center of state politics and education. By the time Madison became a city in 1856, the community had grown to more than 9,000 residents.
Before the arrival of European settlers, the Madison area was home to Native Americans for nearly 12,000 years. Beginning in 1837, Yankee, English, Irish, German and Scandinavian settlers flocked to the rapidly growing community named for James Madison.