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Rankings2018-10-24T13:51:21-05:00

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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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475,000

MANUFACTURING EMPLOYEES IN WISCONSIN
Manufacturing accounts for 18.78% 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

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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

17,470

PATENTS FROM 2006 TO 2015
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s (WARF) encourages UW–Madison research by protecting its discoveries and licensing them for beneficial use in the real world.

UW-Madison, 2016

TAX CREDIT

MANUFACTURING AND AGRICULTURE
This credit virtually eliminates the income tax liability.

Wisconsin Department of Revenue, 2016

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

CHAMPIONS

IN INNOVATION
Wisconsin is an innovation champion due to entrepreneurial activity and new business models.

Consumer Technology Association, 2017

#7

BEST CITY FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Madison ranks seventh in the nation for best cities for entrepreneurs.

Forbes, 2017

87%

OF EXPORTING COMPANIES ARE SMALL OR MIDSIZE
We help companies of all sizes find viable opportunities to reach global markets.

Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, February 2017

#1

MADISON IS THE BEST AT BRINGING MILLENNIALS INTO WORKFORCE
We're bringing fresh minds to our state so they can bring fresh solutions to the world.

CareerBuilder, February 2017

#7

MADISON RANKS IN BEST CITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Hopeful business owners have the state's support when opening a business here.

Forbes Magazine, 2016

#9

IN STATE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK RANKINGS
The Economic Outlook Ranking is a forecast based on a state’s current standing, including income tax, minimum wage and number of public employees.

ALEC, 2016

88%

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics

EXPANDING

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER JOBS BETWEEN 2017 AND 2021
Wisconsin offers a diverse range of technologies to match employees' ambitions.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, 2017

#14

IN THE WORLD FOR VENTURE-BACKED ENTREPRENEUR PRODUCTION
We're helping big minds bring big ideas to life.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2016

2ND

LARGEST MANUFACTURING CONCENTRATION
Companies alongside talented employees are bringing products to the globe.

#2

IN MIDWEST FOR MANUFACTURING JOB GROWTH FROM 2016 TO 2017
We're #15 in the nation overall.

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BEST START-UP ALTERNATIVES TO SILICON VALLEY
Milwaukee, Wisconsin offers a greater option for ambitious entrepreneurs.

Realtor.com, 2017

TOP METRO

MADISON LEADS AS AN AREA FOR STEM GRADS
Wisconsin works hard to connect talent with opportunity.

Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index, 2017

#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

$1 BILLION

IN ANNUAL FEDERAL RESEARCH GRANTS
Wisconsin promotes and supports the development of new ideas and new biohealth solutions.

BIO State Bioscience Jobs, 2016