Milwaukee is a city located in Milwaukee County, in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It sits as the county seat of Milwaukee County and is home to a population of over 594,800 residents, which makes it the largest city in the state. Indeed, Milwaukee is the 31st largest city in the entire United States in terms of total population, though while it is Wisconsin’s largest city it is not the capital, which belongs to Madison. Founded in 1818 and incorporated in 1846, Milwaukee traces its history back to French trappers and traders who settled the area in part because of the abundant wildlife. Today, Milwaukee is known for its brewing traditions and for its diverse and friendly culture.
Milwaukee anchors its own metropolitan statistical area, which is home to a population of over 2.025 million residents and ranks as the largest metro area in Wisconsin and the 31st largest in the United States. The Milwaukee metro area spans eight counties and is home to over a third of the entire population of Wisconsin. This is great news for you if you are in need of auto transport services to or from Milwaukee, as car shippers prefer to construct routes through major metro areas surrounding the largest cities in the U.S. At the same time, however, Milwaukee is located in Wisconsin, which is pretty far out of the way for many car transport carriers; though they prefer to stick to major cities and metro areas, they like to avoid going too far north, especially during the winter months.
It really helps that Chicago sits about 50 miles or so south of Milwaukee along a major interstate. Auto transporters like to stick to the primary interstate highways because they tend to run through the largest cities, giving carriers access to the largest markets in the industry. This is great. At the same time, however, going too far north can be problematic, as the northern regions tend to see less vehicle transport traffic on the whole. This is mitigated somewhat by I-94, which is numbered as an east-west interstate but actually runs south from Milwaukee to Chicago. It is an east-west interstate highway, of course, and continues both east and west of Milwaukee.
The city’s northern climate doesn’t help matters and is a big reason why we mentioned that car transport carriers don’t like running routes through the deep north, especially during the winter months. Milwaukee gets hot during the summer, but it’s the snow and ice that starts coming during the late fall that can disrupt auto transport traffic (and any kind of traffic, really). Most people who grew up or currently live in Milwaukee have plenty of experience with snow and ice, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a car shipping driver from Florida or Texas is going to understand what to do when driving through the kind of wintry weather that Milwaukee is prone to. Because of this, most companies avoid the entire region during the winter months, though some are still brave enough to service those routes – it generally is harder to find them, though, which usually increases pickup windows and transit time – and also cost – through Milwaukee during the winter.
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