The Basics of Milwaukee


Milwaukee is a vibrant city on the shores of Lake Michigan, offering a unique blend of world-class amenities, fast-paced excitement and endless charm. Whether you're seeking a thriving cultural scene, an award-winning culinary landscape, or a wealth of outdoor activities, Milwaukee has something for everyone.

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Milwaukee by the Numbers

  • Incorporated in 1846, today 1.8 million people live in the Greater Milwaukee area.
  • Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and ranks No. 32 in the U.S.
  • Positioned along the western shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a 90-minute drive from Chicago, while Minneapolis-St. Paul and Indianapolis are within a 5-hour drive. The state capital of Madison is an hour west of downtown Milwaukee.
  • There are 191 distinct neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
  • In addition to the lakefront, the city is situated at the confluence of three rivers (the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic).

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Fun Facts


Discover more about the Cream City with fun facts about Milwaukee!

family walking on trail with fall colors surrounding
An view from the crowd cheering on a band as they play at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee.
fans in a crowd cheering for the Bucks in playoffs at the Deer District

Milwaukee Tax Information


Hotel Room Tax Rate

City room tax: 7%

City sales tax: 2%­­

County room tax:3%

Wisconsin sales tax: 5%

County sales tax: 0.9%

TOTAL: 17.9%


Food & Beverage Total Tax Rate = 8.4%

Wisconsin sales tax: 5%

City sales tax: 2%

County sales tax: 0.9%

Baird Center: .5%

TOTAL: 8.4%


Car Rental Tax

Convention Center: 3.0%

WI Rental Vehicle Fee: 5.0%

Concession Recovery Fee: 11% (airport only)

Facility Fee: $1.00 per rental

Title/License/Reg Recovery Fee:
determined by rental car companies

Energy Fee: determined by rental car companies