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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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TOP TECH TALENT

Madison is #25 and Milwaukee #44 in the “Tech Talent Scorecard Ranking”

CBRE Scoring Tech Talent in North America, 2019

#1

MADISON ONE OF 11 BEST UNTAPPED CITIES FOR STARTUPS IN 2020

Fundera, 2019

TOP 10

STATES FOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY HEADQUARTERS
IndustryWeek, 2018

475,000

EMPLOYED BY WISCONSIN MANUFACTURING COMPANIES
Manufacturing accounts for 19% of Wisconsin’s GDP. Bureau of Labor Statistics QCEW, 2018; Bureau of Economic Analysis GDP, 2018

MADISON #1

CITY WHERE WOMEN ARE FINDING GREAT SUCCESS
Women here have an unemployment rate of just 1.60%, and almost 30% have a bachelor's degree

SmartAsset, 2019

1 of 2

STATES WITH A FULLY FUNDED PENSION SYSTEM
Wisconsin's fund serves more than 632,000 workers and retirees for the state and 1,499 local governments.

Public Plans Data; Bloomberg 2018

6 TOP STARTUP ECOSYTEMS

MADISON, MILWAUKEE, GREEN BAY, LA CROSSE, EAU CLAIRE & RACINE
These cities are identified as top startup ecosystems in the Midwest in the 2018 State of the Silicon Prairie Report

Silicon Prairie News, February 2019

#1

MILWAUKEE THE TOP SPOT FOR FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
Milwaukee offers the best environment for "culipreneurs" who want to start a restaurant

LendingTree, October 2018

TOP TECH TOWN

MADISON IS NO. 14 ON LIST
City specifically cited for its entrepreneurial ecosystem and "limitless opportunity to land a job and grow as a tech professional

CompTIA, October 2018

DIVERSIFIED ECONOMIES

MADISON is #1, EAU CLAIRE #7
Madison and Eau Claire rank among the nation's top 10 metros; diversified economies are more resilient, enjoy sustained growth

Emsi, 2018

3RD

FASTEST-GROWING TECH TALENT MARKET, MADISON
Madison's tech talent is growing at a fast clip, taking third in North America behind Ottawa and Los Angeles.

CBRE Scoring Tech Talent in North America Report 2018

$1.07 BILLION

TOTAL IN R&D FUNDING
Wisconsin entrepreneurs combine hard work with original thinking to create new possibilities.

Bestcolleges.com, 2015

5TH

STRONGEST ENGINEERING PROGRAM IN NATION
UW-Madison's engineering program was ranked the 5th strongest in the country.

WalletHub, January 2017

800+

TECHNICAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
Wisconsin's technical college system serves one out of every eight adults.

U.S. Dept. of Education

5,000

TECHNICAL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN BLUEPRINT FOR PROSPERITY PROGRAM
Through this program, we've helped our technical colleges enroll additional students into high demand career programs.

2016 State of the State Address

#2

MADISON NAMED THE #2 METRO FOR ATTRACTING MILLENNIAL TALENT
We're bringing fresh minds to our state so they can bring fresh solutions to the world.

Business Facilities’ 2019 Metro Rankings Report

88%

GREATER MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT CONCENTRATION THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE
Our growing manufacturing industry has created opportunities for talented people in Wisconsin.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

#1

IN CHEESE, ORGANIC OAT, ORGANIC CORN AND ORGANIC BEAN PRODUCTION
Wisconsin is at the top of food production and sustainability.

United States Department of Agriculture, 2015

$67.8 BILLION

ANNUALLY IN FOOD PROCESSING SALES
This makes Wisconsin one of the most productive ag regions in the nation.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2016