Wisconsin, ranked 23rd in total area, is found in the north central section of the United States. It is bordered by Michigan and Lake Superior in the north, Lake Michigan in the east, Iowa and Illinois in the south, and Minnesota in the west. The state capital is Madison while the largest city is Milwaukee. The state is also known by its nicknames: The Badger State and America’s Dairyland.
The state’s economy is largely agricultural, specifically in dairy farming. Making of cheese is prevalent in that the state produces quality cheese. Wisconsin also has a strong mining and lumbering sector. Having the raw materials such as lumber and iron ore make the state a manufacturer and exporter or durable goods, making the state known as the “tool box of the world”. Lately, as the heavy industries have declined, tourism became an important sector contributing to the state’s stable economy.
Wisconsin is also known as the “drinking state”. There are a number of breweries and bars in the state. Consequently, it has a high percentage of alcoholic beverage consumption. Public intoxication especially during festivals is common. It is thought that the state’s cold climate, large population of German heritage, and abundant leisure opportunities lead to the state’s high drinking rates.
On a more wholesome note, Wisconsin is home to the World Famous Mustard Museum. In the museum, there are more than 5,000 jars, bottles and tubes of several varieties of mustard from all 50 states and even from other countries. The Museum also displays items related to mustard such as mustard pots and vintage mustard advertisements.