Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state in the United States and one of the states bordering the Great Lakes. This state is known for its widely diverse geography with numerous variations between lowland and highland terrain. Wisconsin was a strong center for abolitionism in the early 19th century and the Republican Party was founded and held its first meeting in the state.
Wisconsin benefited from early immigration booms and an abundance of fertile land. Even today its economy remains strongly rooted in dairy production as it is one of the leading dairy producers in the United States. Other agricultural products as well as abundant manufacturing make up the primary components of Wisconsin’s economy. Historic landmarks and the state’s abundant water bodies draw large numbers of tourists each year for water sports and recreation.
Wisconsin’s population is somewhat dispersed with large concentrations in the southeast corner around Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay.