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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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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

$58,046

ANNUAL WAGE FOR MANUFACTURING EMPLOYEES IN WISCONSIN
There are more than 9,400 manufacturing establishments to start your career at in Wisconsin. Bureau of Labor Statistics QCEW, 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

$1.2 BILLION

IN ANNUAL RESEARCH EXPENDITURES
UW-Madison remains a research powerhouse with over $1.2 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields.

UW-Madison 2018-19 Budget in Brief

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

600,000

AVIATION FANS FROM 85+ COUNTRIES ATTEND EAA AIRVENTURE EVERY YEAR
The Experimental Aircraft Association is a diverse organization with members of ranging aviation backgrounds and knowledge.

EAA website, 2019

EXPANDING

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

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, 2017

MILWAUKEE

FRESHWATER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
With easy access to Lake Michigan, Milwaukee has become the leading water technology city in the nation.

The Water Council, 2017

ONLY

GLOBAL WATER CENTER IN THE WORLD
More than 40 tenant organizations share the building with The Water Council headquarters.

The Water Council, 2019

#2

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

ONLY

SCHOOL OF FRESHWATER SCIENCES IN THE NATION
There, we conduct $7 million of research every year.

UW Milwaukee, 2017

$1.5 BILLION

IN INTERNATIONAL FOREST PRODUCT EXPORTS
Our forest products industry is focused on using our economical resource responsibly.

U.S. Census trade dataset via WISERTrade, 2018

#1

PAPERMAKING STATE IN THE U.S.
In Wisconsin, we're maintaining the health of our forests and the economy.

American Forest & Paper Association, 2018

#1

IN PAPER MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT CONCENTRATION
Careers in conservation, sustainable practices and research are waiting to be filled with talented individuals.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

37,000

EMPLOYED IN THE WATER TECH INDUSTRY
Wisconsin's talented workforce is creating new, sustainable approaches to water.

230+

WATER TECH COMPANIES
Our surplus of freshwater has inspired and supported our expertise in the water technology industry.

2ND

LARGEST MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT CONCENTRATION
Companies alongside talented employees are bringing products to the globe. Bureau of Labor Statistics QCEW Annual, 2018

47,000+

BIOHEALTH INDUSTRY JOBS
The Wisconsin biohealth industry offers wide-ranging careers, from medical devices to pharmaceuticals.

EMSI Q3 2019 dataset, Class of Worker category, QCEW Employees 2017 Employment and Infogroup

$3 BILLION

IN EXPORTS OF MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS AND BIOTECH AND PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS
Wisconsinites are keeping people around the world healthy from home.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division data via WISERTrade, 2018

9,100

ACADEMIC R&D PROJECTS IN 2016
Every year, we're advancing biohealth alongside some of the best minds in the nation.

BIO State Bioscience Jobs, 2016

1,800+

BIOHEALTH INDUSTRY COMPANIES
Biohealth is continuously growing and evolving to meet the globe's needs.

Infogroup 2019

$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

~1,400

COMPANIES IN OUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Companies in this industry range from food safety to food production.

Infogroup, 2016

$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

2ND

HIGHEST FOOD SCIENCE EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE IN U.S.
Food specialists here help companies achieve global food safety.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016

#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

100,000+

ENERGY, POWER AND CONTROL INDUSTRY JOBS
Here there's opportunity to power the world through a powerful career.

EMSI 2018.4 Class of Worker, QCEW Employees 2017

TOP METRO

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

Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index, 2017

900+

COMPANIES IN THE ENERGY, POWER AND CONTROL SECTOR
Our state is a global center for energy, power and control.

Midwest Energy Research Consortium