Milwaukee Community Profile

Katana Tattoo, a premier tattoo shop is proud to offer its world-class Japanese tattoo services to the residents of Milwaukee. We thought you might like to know a bit more about this interesting and vibrant region.


Milwaukee is a Native American name, which means good, beautiful and pleasant land.  The 1st inhabitants were Native American tribes particularly the Menominee, Fox, Mascouten, Sauk, Potawatomi, Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk.  By the latter half of the 18th Century these tribes participated in the major European wars for control of the continent.  Many Europeans have already been living in Milwaukee prior to the Treaty of Chicago in 1833. Many were French missionaries and traders that passed through and settled in the late 17th and 18th centuries.  The founding father of the city are Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn and George Walker.  They founded towns in the area that contributed to a rise in settlers. The first big wave of settlers in the areas that would later be known as Milwaukee Country and the City of Milwaukee started in the year 1835.

Demographics and Cost of Living

Statistic Milwaukee Wisconsin National
Population 598,078 5,724,692 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 6,218 105 91
Median age 30.8 38.8 37.4
Male/Female ratio 0.9:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 36% 58% 55%
Speak English 81% 91% 79%
Speak Spanish 14% 5% 13%


  • Population density is 5822% higher than Wisconsin
  • Average age in the city is 21% lower than Wisconsin
  • 02% of the population is Caucasian
  • 26% of the population is African-American
  • 71% of the population is Asian



Index Milwaukee Wisconsin National
Cost of living index 92 97 100
Index Milwaukee Wisconsin National
Goods & Services index 94 98 100
Groceries index 105 99 100
Health care index 115 112 100
Housing index 74 91 100
Transportation index 101 103 100
Utilities index 109 100 1

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.


The city is under the supervision and care of the Milwaukee Public Schools, which is also the biggest school district in the state of Wisconsin.  It is also ranked third in the entire country. The number of students enrolled number eighty nine thousand and employs eleven thousand full time and substitute teaching personnel.  There are also magnet schools that the city operates such as: Washington high School, Riverside University High School, Rufus King High School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College to name a few.


Based on the 2010 census around 51.8% of Milwaukee residents regularly attend church services.  24.6% are Catholic, 10.8% are Lutheran, 1.6% are Methodist and 0.6% are Jewish. Milwaukee is home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. The city is also home to several Lutheran Synods and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also have a significant presence in the area.


Milwaukee is home to six Fortune 500 companies namely: Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Manpower, Rockwell Automation, Harley-Davidson and Joy Global.  Other pertinent companies that also are headquartered in Milwaukee include: Briggs & Stratton, Marshall & Isley, Wisconsin Energy, American Society for Quality and American Signal Corporation. The metropolitan area ranks fifth in the country in terms of number of Fortune 500 Company headquarters.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Glorioso’s Italian Market – this place is a must for anyone visiting Milwaukee.  They have an amazing bakery, meat counter, deli, frozen, dry pasta, cheese, olives and made to order menu.

St. Paul Fish Company – the restaurant offers great food for a casual lunch or dinner. Do select a seat at the counter so you can watch how they make your food as it has a great view of the kitchen. The lobster dinner is truly divine as well as the grilled shrimp.  Do check out also the salmon sandwich.

Blue’s Egg – a fantastic breakfast place try out the monkey bread with whiskey sauce or the eggs benedict with pulled ham on top as well as some mushroom stuffed hash browns.  Place is always packed so come early.

Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee

Miller Park – located 3 miles west of the Harley Davidson museum and 5 miles southwest of downtown is home to the Milwaukee Brewers.  Whether you are a dedicated fan or a first time visitor, you will have a ball enjoying a game underneath the stadium’s retractable rood.

Harley-Davidson Museum – located across 20 acres of top real estate, the museum is a one-of-a-kind experience featuring 12 permanent exhibits and rotating special exhibits including a motorcycle recovered from the devastating 2011 tsunami in Japan.  There is a design lab, an engine room and an extensive motorcycle gallery.

Lakefront Brewery — The brewery is known as the one of the best brewery tours in Milwaukee due mainly to the fine brews offered and the entertaining tour guides. For just ten bucks, visitor can visit most of the brewery and have four 6-ounce samples of beer and even a take home souvenir pint glass and a beer coupon too.

Milwaukee truly is a great place to visit.  If you are interested in getting a tattoo, we are only a phone call away. We can’t wait to meet you.  The take and bake pizzas are superbly amazing.