Wisconsin Flag

State of Wisconsin

Nicknames: The Badger State, America’s Dairyland
Motto(s): “Forward”
Date of Statehood: May 29, 1848 (30th state)
State Song: “On, Wisconsin!” by William T. Purdy and Carl Beck

Wisconsin Flag History

The flag of Wisconsin bears the state coat of arms on a field of blue, symbolizing loyalty, truth, and justice. The state coat of arms includes a shield with four sections representing Wisconsin’s primary industries: agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and navigation. Above the shield is the state’s motto “Forward,” signifying Wisconsin’s continuous drive for improvement. Two figures, a sailor and a miner, support the shield, indicating the importance of labor on land and water.

The flag underwent a modification in 1979 when the state’s name and the year of statehood were added to ensure distinctiveness from other state flags. The central coat of arms, however, has remained consistent, reflecting the state’s commitment to unity, prosperity, and progress.

The flag encapsulates Wisconsin’s rich history, diverse economy, and the industrious nature of its people, making it a source of pride and a symbol of the state’s heritage and values.

Wisconsin Quick Facts

Capital City: Madison
Abbreviation: WI
Population: Approximately 5.8 million
Region: Midwest, Great Lakes
Origin of State Name: Derived from the Miami Indian word “Ouisconsin,” believed to mean “grassy place” in the Chippewa language
Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers (NFL), Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
Bordering States: Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota
Area Codes: 262, 414, 534, 608, 715, 920
Highest Point: Timms Hill at 1,951 feet (595 meters)
Lowest Point: Lake Michigan at 579 feet (176 meters)

Geography of Wisconsin

Area: 65,498 square miles (169,640 square kilometers), 23rd largest
Land: 54,310 square miles (140,663 square kilometers), 25th largest
Water: 11,188 square miles (28,977 square kilometers), 23rd largest
Coastline: None (landlocked)
Shoreline: 820 miles (1,320 kilometers) along the Great Lakes

Largest Cities:

  1. Milwaukee
  2. Madison
  3. Green Bay
  4. Kenosha
  5. Racine
  6. Appleton
  7. Waukesha
  8. Eau Claire
  9. Oshkosh
  10. Janesville
  11. West Allis
  12. La Crosse
  13. Sheboygan
  14. Wauwatosa
  15. Fond du Lac

National Parks:

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Wisconsin State Symbols

Living Insignia

State Bird: American Robin
State Animal: Badger
State Amphibian: None designated
State Butterfly: Karner Blue Butterfly
State Fish: Muskellunge
State Flower: Wood Violet
State Horse Breed: None designated
State Insect: European Honey Bee
State Mammal: Badger, White-tailed Deer (wildlife)
State Reptile: None designated

Inanimate Insignia

State Fruit: Cranberry
State Gemstone: Galena (Lead sulfide)
State Soil: Antigo Silt Loam
State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Quarter: Issued in 2004, depicting an ear of corn, a cow, and a wheel of cheese
State Beverage: Milk
State Colors: Blue and Yellow
State Dance: Polka
State Food: None designated
State Fossil: Trilobite
State Mineral: Galena (Lead sulfide)
State Rock: Red Granite