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When you say you’re from Wisconsin, it means something. We stay true to who we are, know what matters and do whatever it takes to get what we need to done. That’s how we’ve created such a diverse and interesting place to fulfill our souls and grow, and how we’re doing well across all aspects of life, career and business.

Discover all the areas in which Wisconsin excels below.

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#1

in Manufacturing Employment (Percentage of Workforce cateogry)
Business Facilities Magazine 17th Annual State Rankings Report, 2021

Academic excellence

We push the boundaries of theoretical and applied science
In Wisconsin, we prepare talent for the future. At more than $1 billion annually, our flagship University of Wisconsin-Madison ranks #8 in the U.S. for research spending; the University of Wisconsin System awards more than 36,000 degrees annually.

More tech experience

We were the first state to develop a technical college system
We have more than one hundred years’ experience training our workforce to fulfill ever-changing industry demands. So if you’re looking for some of the most highly skilled and job-ready employees in the world, simply look to Wisconsin.

FRESHWATER EXPERTISE

Home to one of the most comprehensive freshwater education programs
The School of Freshwater Sciences is the largest Great Lakes academic research institution and one of North America's only graduate schools dedicated specifically to freshwater.

Climate stability

Lower risk of natural disasters equal greater rewards for business
Natural disasters upset access to resources, supply chains and employees. Wisconsin’s remarkably low risk for every imaginable type of disaster helps assure business continuity.

Importance of infrastructure

Wisconsin excels at transportation options
Our central North American location provides easy, one-day access to major U.S. markets with 12,000 miles of interstates and highways, eight commercial airports, thirteen railroad lines, two Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

AA1 and AA+ ratings

Top rated by Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s
Wisconsin’s top ratings affirm the state’s stable and business-friendly environment.

21%

of the world's fresh water is along Wisconsin's borders
Wisconsin Water Facts, Wisconsin Water Library, UW- Madison

280

Medical device manufacturers in Wisconsin
“Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Landscape and Economic Impact Report,” prepared by TEConomy Partners LLC for BioForward, 2020

~5,000

Engineering degrees and certificates awarded in 2019
National IPEDS database published by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics

7 of the 11

Largest food companies in the world have operations in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2021

#1

U.S. producer of cheese, ginseng, mink pelts and cranberries.
Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2021)

1.2

Quadrillion gallons of groundwater
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

23,000+

Employees connected to the industry
The Water Council, developed under the supervision of Dr. Sammis B. White, emeritus professor of urban planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2018

230+

Water tech companies
The Water Council, developed under the supervision of Dr. Sammis B. White, emeritus professor of urban planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2018

$15.7

Billion in annual water sales
The Water Council, developed under the supervision of Dr. Sammis B. White, emeritus professor of urban planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2018

#1

In the U.S. for the production of organic corn, organic oats, organic beans and organic dry hay
“Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2017 Status Report,” UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

70,000+

Farms in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2021)

$104.8

Billion economic impact of argiculture
Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2021)

3,700+

Food and beverage companies
EMSI 2021.1 Class of Worker, QCEW Employees 2019

#1

In cheese production in the U.S.
Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2021)

116,000+

In energy, power and controls industry jobs
EMSI 2021.1 Class of Worker, QCEW Employees 2019

1,100+

Companies in the energy, power and controls sector
Data Axle, 2021

#1

In the U.S. for medical imaging manufacturing. Wisconsin ranks #1 in the U.S. for medical imaging (irradiation apparatus) manufacturing, employing 4,000 people—more than California
Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2019 Annual

46,000+

Biohealth industry jobs
“Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Landscape and Economic Impact Report,” prepared by TEConomy Partners LLC for BioForward, 2020

1,700+

Biohealth industry companies
“Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Landscape and Economic Impact Report,” prepared by TEConomy Partners LLC for BioForward, 2020

$28.8

Billion economic impact of biohealth industry
“Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Landscape and Economic Impact Report,” prepared by TEConomy Partners LLC for BioForward, 2020

#8

In research spending at more than $1 billion annually. Our flagship University of Wisconsin-Madison ranks #8 in the U.S. for research spending.
National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey, 2019

483,000+

Manufacturing jobs
Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2019 Annual

9,300+

Manufacturing companies
Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2019 Annual