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South Milwaukee
Proud past. Promising future.
Location of South Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Location of South Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
 • Total 4.84 sq mi (12.53 km2)
 • Land 4.83 sq mi (12.51 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
669 ft (204 m)
 • Total 21,156
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,285.77/sq mi (1,654.89/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 414
FIPS code 55-75125
GNIS feature ID 1574469

South Milwaukee is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 21,156 at the 2010 census.


South Milwaukee was laid out in 1891 by the South Milwaukee company within the Town of Oak Creek, with the purpose of serving as a rival industrial suburb of the City of Milwaukee, and was named from its location south of Milwaukee. South Milwaukee was incorporated as a village in 1892.


South Milwaukee is located at 42°54′40″N 87°51′51″W / 42.91111°N 87.86417°W / 42.91111; -87.86417 (42.911016, -87.864030).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.81 square miles (12.46 km2), of which, 4.80 square miles (12.43 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 3,392
1910 6,092 79.6%
1920 7,598 24.7%
1930 10,706 40.9%
1940 11,134 4.0%
1950 12,855 15.5%
1960 20,307 58.0%
1970 23,297 14.7%
1980 21,069 −9.6%
1990 20,958 −0.5%
2000 21,256 1.4%
2010 21,156 −0.5%
2019 (est.) 20,696 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 21,156 people, 9,043 households, and 5,475 families living in the city. The population density was 4,407.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,701.7/km2). There were 9,722 housing units at an average density of 2,025.4 per square mile (782.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.6% White, 2.0% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.0% of the population.

There were 9,043 households, of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.5% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 40.3 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.


Within South Milwaukee's borders is Grant Park, part of the Milwaukee County Park System. Grant Park features the Oak Leaf Bike trail, tennis courts, a swimming beach, an 18-hole golf course and the Seven Bridges Hiking Trail along the shore of Lake Michigan.

In 2005, the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center was built adjacent to the new South Milwaukee High School. This Performing Arts Center, which is open to the public, hosts a variety of entertainment.


South Milwaukee was the headquarters of Bucyrus International, formerly Bucyrus-Erie, which is known for constructing large shovels and dragline excavators, including Big Muskie, the world's largest mobile earth-moving machine. Bucyrus shovels were used in the construction of the Panama Canal.

In November 2012 Caterpillar Mining bought Bucyrus International for $8.6 billion and will make a goal to become a "one-stop shop" for mining companies worldwide.

Notable people

  • William P. Atkinson, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Greg Brower, member of the Nevada State Senate and former U.S. Attorney, born in South Milwaukee
  • Jerry Dreva, avant-garde artist and leader of '70s glam-rock group Les Petite Bon Bons
  • John W. Grobschmidt, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Richard Grobschmidt, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate, lived in South Milwaukee, graduated from South Milwaukee High School
  • Roger Sherman Hoar, Massachusetts State Senator and author who lived in South Milwaukee
  • Jackie Kashian, comedian born in South Milwaukee and graduated from South Milwaukee High School
  • Reginald Lisowski, American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "The Crusher"
  • Kurt Nimphius, NBA player born in South Milwaukee and graduated from South Milwaukee High School
  • Jeff Plale, Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner and former legislator
  • Phil Sobocinski, NFL player, was born in South Milwaukee
  • George Sokolowski, Wisconsin State Representative, was born in South Milwaukee
  • Gary George Wetzel, Medal of Honor recipient, was born in South Milwaukee
  • Chester Yorton, former Mr. America and Mr. Universe, grew up in South Milwaukee
  • Chuck Zehner, former host of the PBS series Tracks Ahead, lived in South Milwaukee

See also

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