Milwaukee has had a long and contentious debate about public transit, with one
common argument against investing in rapid transit being that the region doesn't have the population density to support it. A recent study from
the U.S. Census Bureau, however, may be cause for reexamining that contention. It
finds Milwaukee among the densest metropolitan areas in the U.S., with greater
population density than many of the nation’s most populous metros, including Atlanta,
Houston, and Seattle.
Rapid transit may come back into Greater Milwaukee’s infrastructure planning at some point in the future. While many factors impact the success of a rapid transit system, we now have a clearer understanding of our population density and how it compares with other metro areas around the country.