Close to nine percent of Milwaukee’s population are seniors that chose to retire in the city. Whether you enjoy touring botanical gardens or bird watching magnificent species, like bald eagles, Milwaukee has just the thing.
The population of Milwaukee is slowly growing. According to the Census Bureau, the population for the city during the 2010 census was 594,833. The 2015 population estimates was 600,155, a 0.9 percent increase. Of the 2010 figures, 44.8 percent of residents identified as white, 40 percent as black or African-American, 17.3 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 3.5 percent as Asian, and 0.8 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 3.4 percent of citizens identify as two or more races.
Senior citizens, age 65 and over, make up 8.9 percent of the total population of Milwaukee. The percentage of females for all ages (51.8 percent) is slightly higher than the national average (50.8 percent).
19.4 percent of Milwaukee residents speak a language other than English at home and 9.8 percent were born in another country.
The average temperature in Milwaukee is 47.75 degrees F. The average high temperature is 55.4 degrees and the average low temperature is 40.1 degrees. The winter months are cold with temperatures averaging in the low 30s as a high and the teens as a low. The summer months tend to average high 70s to low 80s.
The average precipitation (rainfall) is 34.49 inches per year with 121 days per year experiencing rainfall. The months of April through September experiences three to four inches of rain per month.
Of all of the weather events, the threat of tornados is real for Milwaukee. The winds in a tornado can damage homes and other structures in seconds when the winds reach as high as 300 miles per hour.
Be prepared ahead of time by keeping an emergency kit in your home and stay updated through the local emergency broadcast system or the National Weather Service. In the event of a tornado, it is suggested that you move to a secure area usually a safe room, a room on the lowest level of a building, or a center room to put as many walls between you and the outside of the building. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to cover your face and head. You can find more suggestions at ready.gov.
There are plenty of places to find wildlife and animals in Milwaukee. If you like to bird watch, you can find species along the Oak Leaf Birding Trail. You can pick up a free copy of the trail map at the Wehr Nature Center. You can locate bird species like the common loon, red-throated loon, great blue heron, mute swan, Canadian goose, pheasant, wild turkey, turkey vulture, osprey, bald eagle, and cranes.
There are also plenty of parks to enjoy the native plants of Wisconsin. Take a day and visit one of these facilities: Boerner Botanical Gardens, Wehr Nature Center, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, Nature in the Parks, Urban Ecology Center, and UW – Extension Plant Care Information.
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