Wisconsin Resources

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Wisconsin State Home Page

Wisconsin State government links: Executive and legislative agencies for Wisconsin.

Government Agencies

Wisconsin Department of Children & Families

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wisconsin Counties Association

Wisconsin Historical Society: Includes state archives and library services.

State Legislative Links

Wisconsin State Legislature

Wisconsin State Constitution, statutes, legislation, session laws, Administrative Code, Administrative Register

Search Wisconsin state government sites.

Census Bureau

State and County Quickfacts for Wisconsin: Offers tables or maps of such information for states and counties only.

Data Centers for Wisconsin: Joint projects of the Census Bureau and particular states; make state data available to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. Links to existing centers with a Web presence appear below, under each state.

Poverty by census tracts in Wisconsin; tracts with 20 percent or more poverty

American Community Survey for Wisconsin: Provides socioeconomic data for a range of years for selected states, counties, and other jurisdictions. The plan is to extend the ACS to all U.S. states.

Census 2000 Data for Wisconsin; compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

Wisconsin Population Estimates by Sex and Age (.pdf file)

Wisconsin Population Estimates by Sex, Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin (.pdf file)

Other Souces of Data and Statistics

CIESIN Demographic Data Cartogram Service (DDCarto): Provided by Columbia University, includes information on Wisconsin.

State of Working Wisconsin (.pdf file): The Center on Wisconsin Strategy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison publishes a biennial State of Working Wisconsin (the last one is 2008) that contains county-level economic and demographic statistics from a variety of sources.

Wisconsin Demographic Services Center

Wisconsin Population Statistics: The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) posts population statistics by county and age.

Wisconsin State Data Center: The Wisconsin Department of Administration posts data on Wisconsin counties, municipalities, and other governmental units such as school districts.

Wisconsin Statistics by County: The Wisconsin Department of Children & Familes posts statistics by county for selected employment and family support programs, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Child care, transition from AFDC to W-2, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).

WISSTAT: Maintained by the University of Wisconsin Extension, this site contains thousands of demographic and economic variables for the state of Wisconsin, its counties and smaller communities. The sources of the data include the U.S. Census Bureau and various state and federal agencies.

Wisconsin Statistical Abstract: Wisconsin publishes a statistical abstract every year or few years. The Census Bureau publishes a guide to the most recent editions.

Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP): Program at Iowa State University, which "collects, analyzes, interprets, and disseminates information on social, economic, and demographic trends," is a well-organized site containing county-level data for states in the Midwestern region; information is most complete for Iowa but a selection of Census information for other Midwestern states, such as Wisconsin, is also easily accessible through this site.

USDA Food and Nutrition Services

The Wisconsin Food Security Project, supported by UW-Extension, the School of Human Ecology, and the UW Applied Population Lab, is an interactive data and mapping website that provides a broad range of data about food security and the food security environment in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Health Statistics: Health statistics provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Wisconsin Health Statistics by City, County, and Region: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) posts health statistics by county and region.

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Facts: Provides health statistics on programs such as Medicaid.

Wisconsin School Performance Report: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) posts a School Performance Report for each school district and school in the state. The report is the state's most comprehensive resource for data on school performance and student achievement.

Wisconsin School District Demographics: This links to the main page for the maps. Select "Wisconsin" and proceed. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Wisconsin Free and Reduced School Lunches: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) publishes data on the percentages of children eligible for free or reduced school lunches for school districts and counties.

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kidscount CLIKS database: provides county, city, and community level indicators of children's well-being in Wisconsin. The site allows users to create specific tables and graphs in many combinations and comparative formats; data were assembled through the national Kidscount Network, and the availability of particular indicators varies among states.

National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center: Provides demographic information about the children, families and child care in Wisconsin, as well as contact information for different state agencies involved in child care. The profiles also contain links to additional state and national resources.

Nongovernment Agencies

Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

Center on Wisconsin Strategy

Six Strategies for Family Economic Self-Sufficiency

University Research Centers and Institutes

Center for Demography and Ecology: CDE is a multidisciplinary faculty research cooperative for social scientific demographic research whose membership includes sociologists, rural sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians.

Center for Urban Initiatives and Research: Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that provides research services and technical assistance to public and non-profit organizations to help them make informed policy choices.

Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS): COWS, at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, conducts research dedicated to improving economic performance and living standards in the state of Wisconsin and nationally.

Institute for Survey and Policy Research: Social Science research facility at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

University of Wisconsin Survey Center: The University of Wisconsin Survey Center provides a complete range of high quality survey research capabilities in order to assist researchers.

Wisconsin Public Health and Health Policy Institute: The Institute serves as a focal point for applied public health and health policy within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School as well as a bridge to public health and health policy practitioners in the state.


Capital Times (Madison)

Green Bay Press-Gazette

Journal Times (Racine)

Kenosha County News

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)

Stateline.org: Politics and policy news for Wisconsin. Search on state name.


Promising Practices Catalog: The database contains human services initiatives for Wisconsin.


State Policy Documentation Project