West Allis, Wisconsin

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West Allis is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The population was 61,254 at the 2000 census. Its name derives from Edward P. Allis, who started the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company in the 19th century. The site of the town was located west of Allis' plant.[3]

The Wisconsin State Fair Park, which includes the Milwaukee Mile and is the site of the annual Wisconsin State Fair, is located in West Allis.



West Allis is located at 43°0′29″N 88°1′6″W / 43.00806°N 88.01833°W / 43.00806; -88.01833 (43.00, -88.02)[4]. The upper courses of the Root and Kinnickinnic Rivers flow through the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.4 square miles (29.4 km²), of which, 11.4 square miles (29.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.18%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 61,254 people, 27,604 households, and 15,375 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,397.6 people per square mile (2,083.7/km²). There were 28,708 housing units at an average density of 2,529.7/sq mi (976.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.03% White, 1.34% African American, 0.70% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.52% of the population.

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