Milwaukee metropolitan area
The Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha metropolitan area (also known as Metro Milwaukee or Greater Milwaukee) is an urban area identified by the U.S. Census Bureau containing eight counties in southeastern Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Washington, Ozaukee, Dodge, Jefferson, and Walworth . The region's population was 2,025,898 at the 2010 census.
The Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha Combined Statistical Area is made up of the Milwaukee–Waukesha–West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties), the Racine Metropolitan Statistical Area (Racine County), the Beaver Dam Micropolitan Statistica Area (Dodge County), the Watertown-Fort Atkinson Micropolitan Area (Jefferson County), and the Whitewater-Elkorn Micropolitan Area (Walworth County) according to the U.S. Census. Updated definitions released in February 2013 added Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth Counties to the Milwaukee CSA. Kenosha is halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee but is part of the Chicago CSA metropolitan area as Kenosha has more residents who commute to Chicago.
The city of Milwaukee is the hub of the metropolitan area. The northern and eastern parts of Racine County, eastern parts of Waukesha County, southern part of Ozaukee County, southeastern part of Washington County, and remainder of Milwaukee County are the most urbanized parts of the outlying counties.
The character of the area varies widely. Mequon, Brookfield, and the North Shore (Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, River Hills, Shorewood, Glendale, and Bayside) are more white-collar, while West Milwaukee, West Allis, and St. Francis are more blue-collar.
Other principal cities 
Metro area cities and villages with more than 10,000 inhabitants 
Metro area cities and villages with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants 
Unincorporated communities 
- Genesee Depot
- Lake Church
- North Cape
- Saint Michaels
- Stone Bank
Debate over metropolitan government 
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Although each county and its various municipalities are self-governing, there is some cooperation in the metropolitan area. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is a state-chartered government agency which serves 28 municipalities in the five counties.
At the same time, some in the area see the need for more consolidation in government services. The Kettl Commission and former Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum have supported initiatives to do this. However, full consolidation has been criticized as a means of diluting minority voting power.
- 2003 article on consolidation of area governments