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As of the 2010 Census, there are 595 incorporated cities and towns in Wisconsin. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-03-55.xls ''US Census'' "March 2011 Estimate of Wisconsin cities"]</ref>
 
As of the 2010 Census, there are 595 incorporated cities and towns in Wisconsin. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-03-55.xls ''US Census'' "March 2011 Estimate of Wisconsin cities"]</ref>
 
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This is a list of cities in Wisconsin, as of the 2010 Census.

Wisconsin allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 72 total counties in Wisconsin. All 72 counties are general law -- however, some counties to have Home rule authority.[1]

There are 595 total municipalities in Wisconsin. Of those 595, 594 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 1 is Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Wisconsin consists of 72 counties, 595 cities and villages, and 1255 towns. In addition, there are 761 special districts and 440 independent school districts. [2]

Further classifications:

  • All cities and villages have home rule authority and are able to pass charter ordinances.[3]
  • Milwaukee is the only first-class city and only remaining city with a private act charter. Other cities are classified as second, third, or fourth class.[4]

Laws governing local ballot measures

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin

Cities and villages have a state set initiative process in Wis. Stat. § 9.20 that may be used to propose and vote on regular ordinances or charter ordinances.

However, court decisions have limited the subject matter available for initiative. An ordinance initiated under Wis. Stat. § 9.20: 1) must be legislative as opposed to administrative or executive in nature; 2) cannot repeal (or conflict with) an existing ordinance; 3) may not exceed the legislative powers conferred upon the governing municipal body; and 4) may not modify statutorily prescribed procedures or standards (which includes zoning). The restriction on conflicting with existing ordinances limits the initiative power compared with other states.[5][6]

10 most populated cities

List of Cities and Population in Wisconsin
City Population City Type Next election
Milwaukee 597,867 Charter
Madison 236,901 General law with Home Rule
Green Bay 105,809 General law with Home Rule
Kenosha 99,738 General law with Home Rule
Racine 78,853 General law with Home Rule
Appleton 73,243 General law with Home Rule
Waukesah 70,867 General law with Home Rule
Eau Claire 66,623 General law with Home Rule
Oshkosh 66,344 General law with Home Rule
Janesville 63,479 General law with Home Rule

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 595 incorporated cities and towns in Wisconsin. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[7]

See also

References