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{{cities by state vnt}}{{tnr}}This is a '''list of cities in [[Wisconsin]],''' as of the 2010 Census.
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{{cities by state vnt}}{{tnr}}This page contains a list of '''cities in [[Wisconsin]],''' and other information about local governments.
  
Wisconsin allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 72 total counties in Wisconsin. All 72 counties are [[General law local government|general law]] -- however, some counties to have [[Home rule]] authority.<ref name= Types>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjmL0t0kAMXidHZWNGRCaU9FdFhxSkY5RUVRS18zc1E#gid=0 Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet ]</ref>
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Wisconsin allows municipal charter cities. There are 72 total counties in Wisconsin. All 72 counties are [[General law local government|general law]] -- however, counties are granted [[Home rule]] authority.<ref name= Types>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjmL0t0kAMXidHZWNGRCaU9FdFhxSkY5RUVRS18zc1E#gid=0 Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet ]</ref>
  
There are 595 total municipalities in Wisconsin. Of those 595, 594 of them are [[General law local government|General law]] municipalities while the remaining 1 is [[Chartered local government|Charter/Home rule cities]].<ref name= Types/>
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There are 595 total municipalities in Wisconsin. Of those 595, 594 of them are [[General law local government|General law]] municipalities while 1, Milwaukee, is governed under a private [[Chartered local government|charter]].  All cities and villages have home rule authority.<ref name= Types/>
 
==Types of local government==
 
==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. <ref>[http://www2.census.gov/govs/cog/2012/formatted_prelim_counts_23jul2012_2.pdf The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments]</ref>
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'''Further classifications:'''
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==Initiative process availability==
*All cities and villages have home rule authority and are able to pass charter ordinances.<ref>[http://www.lwm-info.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BED10FA62-051B-40C8-8C23-875DA5E9DC88%7D&DE=%7BE0C535A8-9C5A-4659-AC39-5F915F0E7505%7D League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Organization and Powers of Cities and Villages]</ref>
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*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.<ref>[http://www.lwm-info.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B651EF7B4-B3ED-4A14-8462-CCEDAF296E8E%7D&DE=%7BDB001A79-85A6-4E66-AEC9-288BE3559055%7D League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Distinction Among Classes of Cities]</ref>
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==Laws governing local ballot measures==
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::''See also: [[Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin]]''
 
::''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.
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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.<ref>[http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=2003807263Wis2d544_1785.xml&docbase=CSLWAR2-1986-2006 Mount Horeb Community Alert v. Village Board of Mt. Horeb, 263 Wis. 2d 544, 665 N.W.2d 229 (2003)] </ref><ref>[https://docs.google.com/a/ballotpedia.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjmL0t0kAMXidHZWNGRCaU9FdFhxSkY5RUVRS18zc1E#gid=0 Ballotpedia: Types and #'s of local government by state]</ref>
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==10 most populated cities==
 
==10 most populated cities==
 
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{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;"
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! colspan="9" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |'''List of Cities and Population in Wisconsin'''
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |'''City'''
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |'''Population'''
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |'''City Type'''
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |'''Next election'''
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| Milwaukee||597,867||[[Charter city|Charter]]||
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| Madison||236,901||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Green Bay||105,809||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Kenosha||99,738||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Racine||78,853||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Appleton||73,243||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Waukesah||70,867||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Eau Claire||66,623||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Oshkosh||66,344||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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| Janesville||63,479||[[General law|General law with Home Rule]]||
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==Full List of Cities==
 
==Full List of Cities==
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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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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! colspan="9" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |'''List of Cities and Population in Wisconsin'''
 
! colspan="9" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |'''List of Cities and Population in Wisconsin'''
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*[[Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin]]
 
*[[Wisconsin ballot measures]]
 
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*[[Counties in Wisconsin]]
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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[[Category:List of cities by state]]
 
[[Category:List of cities by state]]

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This page contains a list of cities in Wisconsin, and other information about local governments.

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

There are 595 total municipalities in Wisconsin. Of those 595, 594 of them are General law municipalities while 1, Milwaukee, is governed under a private charter. All cities and villages have home rule authority.[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]

Initiative process availability

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 Most Populated Cities in Wisconsin
City[7] Population City Type Next election
Milwaukee 597,867 Charter N/A
Madison 236,901 General law with Home Rule N/A
Green Bay 105,809 General law with Home Rule N/A
Kenosha 99,738 General law with Home Rule N/A
Racine 78,853 General law with Home Rule N/A
Appleton 73,243 General law with Home Rule N/A
Waukesah 70,867 General law with Home Rule N/A
Eau Claire 66,623 General law with Home Rule N/A
Oshkosh 66,344 General law with Home Rule N/A
Janesville 63,479 General law with Home Rule N/A

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.[8]

See also

References