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The State of Wisconsin was organized as territory on July 4, 1836 and entered the union as the 30th state on May 29, 1848. It has 72 Counties. The capital is Madison and the official state website is www.wi.gov.
The State of Wisconsin is bordered by Minnesota (west), Michigan (east), Iowa (southwest), Illinois (south). It has a land area of 65,503 square miles making it the 23rd largest state. The 2010 population was 5,686,986.
Wisconsin's largest cities (2010) are Milwaukee, 594,833; Madison (Capital), 233,209; Green Bay, 104,057; Kenosha, 99,218; Racine, 78,860; Appleton, 72,623; Waukesha, 70,718; Oshkosh, 66,083; Eau Claire, 65,883; Janesville, 63,575.
The State of Wisconsin is from an Indian word, but the origin is uncertain. It is perhaps an Algonquian Indian word that means "long river," a Chippewa/Ojibwa/Anishinabe word, "Ouisconsin," that means "grassy place," or "gathering of the waters." Wisconsin's state nickname is " The Badger State ". The State Motto is " Forward "