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Wisconsin in the north central United States is bordered by Lake Superior on the north the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the northeast Lake Michigan on the east Illinois on the south and Iowa and Minnesota on the west Wisconsin received its name from the Wisconsin River the name of which is derived from the French version of an Ojibwa term that may mean gathering of the waters or place of the beaver It is normally known as the Badger State because the miners who were among the first settlers in the region lived in mine shafts or dug their homes out of the hillside and lived underground as badgers do Madison is the capital of Wisconsin Milwaukee is the largest city Wisconsin entered the Union on May 29 1848 as the 30th state It is one of the leading states in agriculture Especially noted for its cheese production the state is sometimes called the Cheese Capital of the Nation or Americas Dairy land The greater part of the state is composed of rolling plains that yield productive crops and food for the dairy industry Wisconsin also has substantial heavy industry centered around Milwaukee and nearby cities along the shore of Lake Michigan Wisconsin ranks 22nd in size among the states It covers 169642 sq km 65499 sq mi including 4742 sq km 1831 sq mi sq mi of inland water Also under jurisdiction of the state is 24229 sq km 9355 sq mi of waters in lakes Michigan and Superior Wisconsin is roughly rectangular in shape except for the Door Peninsula which is about 130 km about 80 mi long and separates Green Bay from Lake Michigan Wisconsin has a maximum length from north to south of about 480 km about 300 mi and a width from east to west of about 450 km about 280 mi The Mississippi is the only river in Wisconsin navigable by commercial vessels and for its entire length
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