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Series: UW Applied Population Lab: Wisconsin's Demographics

WisContext collaborates with researchers at the University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab to explain demographic patterns and change around the state. These reports explore how Wisconsin's population shifts over time, and how the places people live, work and go to school can influence the health, economy, education and politics of Wisconsin. Data about a variety of population measures are presented in maps, charts and interactive visualizations to illustrate these trends. Demographic change guides the outlook of both individual communities and the state as a whole, influencing the news as it unfolds day-by-day and history as it takes shape over decades.
 
In the age of big data, it is possible to influence election results by drawing district boundaries without producing the bizarre-looking legislative districts which gave "gerrymandering" its name.
Given their prominence in Wisconsin's traditions, where cows and deer can actually be found around the state can serve as a lens to examine rurality.
Immigration is an engine of change that has shaped Wisconsin throughout its history, reflecting the broader story of newcomers building new communities around the United States.
In 2016, there were an estimated 255,000 more Wisconsin residents with health insurance compared to in 2013.
A WisContext report about partisan voting patterns in Wisconsin was cited in an amicus brief submitted by the Republican National Committee in Gill v. Whitford , a case appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Malia Jones of the UW Applied Population Lab discusses this report and what was argued in the amicus brief.
Wisconsin is at the center of what is shaping up to be a landmark legal decision about how electoral districts are determined and the role of partisanship in creating legislative district boundaries.
Despite their differences, rural and urban places are connected by the people who live and work among them.
Madison is home to a wide variety of dogs, reflecting the myriad shapes and sizes these canine companions can take.
When it comes to their pet preferences, Madisonians lean towards bigger breeds for canine companions.
There is increasing interest in understanding rural issues in the United States. Malia Jones of the UW Applied Population Laboratory discusses the variety of ways "rural" can be defined, related to the economy, land use, access to services and other factors.