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Wisconsin public record laws (WPRL) guarantee the public with access to public records of all levels of state and local government. It was first enacted in 1982. Wisconsin also has laws that allows any person to have access to open session governmental meetings. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council works to ensure that the public has access to meetings and records. There are some exceptions to these laws such as trade secrets, protected education records, attorney-client privilege or if nondisclosure of the record outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. Wisconsin was admitted to the Union on May 29, 1848. There are 72 counties and 190 cities and many more villages and towns. Milwaukee is the only city with more than 150,000 people. Wisconsin is often thought of as 'America's Dairyland' even though a greater part of the state's income is from manufacturing. The Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau allows access to criminal history background checks. Search an abundance of Wisconsin public records using the best research sources online. Look up birth, death and and marriage records at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Get interesting facts on the demographics of the state and the history and education of the people. Examine the data on housing and real estate to see what it is like to live in Wisconsin. Request information on conducting a criminal history record check from the Department of Justice. Check the safety of living in Wisconsin by inspecting crime statistics for the state. Learn about the judicial system and search for court case records. See how the county governments operate. There is also a wealth of information on the community services and attractions of each city in the state. See how affordable it is to live in Wisconsin by investigating the income and earnings of its residents. Read about up to date crime reports and news headlines occurring in Wisconsin. Refer to this site often as these sources are updated regularly.
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Wisconsin Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Wisconsin Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Wisconsin

  • How do I get a legal description of a home?
    Many real estate websites and county property record services include legal descriptions. You can also contact a local title insurance company who will have that information, or you could call the county assessor's office. (Staff)
  • How can I find out when and who built my home?
    You can find out when with a simple address search, sometimes you can get it easier than others. Or you can also request property information from the Wisconsin department of revenue. There's a free and open search, look for the link "Real Estate Transfer Search" (eRETR) webpage. You can find this page on the DOR's webpage with the tab "Businesses". Then follow the link "eRETR​" and the Search Wisconsin property data link thereafter. There will be a tab RETR search which drop down, giving you several search options. (Staff)
  • Was the coyote hunter who shot 2 dogs near Bad Fish Creek ever charged? The incident took place on Feb. 22, 2016?
    Since you know the location, you can try the crime mapping or recent arrest roster from the local police department, in this case the Dane county sheriffs department, their site mentions how to search and find out about persons in custody. (Staff)
  • How. can I find divorce records?
    Search court records, Wisconsin has one of the better online court searches that is freely open to the public. do a search for Wisconsin Court System, Circuit Court Simple Case Access. There's a disclaimer page, thereafter you can search as many times as you'd like. (Staff)
  • Is there anyway to find out the list of prisoners released from coustody on August 13, 2015?
    There is a general public offenders search on Wisconsin DOC's webpage, free and open public search for anyone to use. There are search criteria at the bottom of the results pages, including the status of the prisoner. The ones with ACS, have been released into community service and shows the dates of release. (Staff)

Wisconsin Arrest Records


Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Chief Kudron is pleased to announce that Shavonte T. Thompson (DOB 02/16/1992) has been arrested for the homicide of Javier Hall, as well as an additional shooting incident that occurred in the City of La Crosse in March of 2019. On 01-10-2020 La Crosse Police were notified by the US Marshals Service in Peoria, IL
    January 10, 2020
  • 2019 for the La Crosse Police Department ended very much like it started, with a “gun shot” call. On 12-31-2019 officers responded to the 700 block of Logan St. for a report of people hearing six gun shots. Upon arrival officers located shell casings and two sets of footprints in the fresh snow, which when
    January 02, 2020
  • The La Crosse Police Department is providing additional information in light of the La Crosse District Attorney’s Office completing their review of the officer involved shooting that occurred on August 3rd at 317 9th St. South with Allen C. Kruk (DOB 12-04-1984). The initial call on August 3rd was for a domestic disturbance complaint where
    August 27, 2019
  • La Crosse Police are referring three individuals to the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office for criminal charges stemming from a shooting incident that occurred on July 19th, 2019. On July 19, 2019 La Crosse Police were dispatched to the Partners for Excellence School at 901 Caledonia Street at 10:02AM for a report of windows
    August 22, 2019
  • La Crosse Police have arrested Robert Powell IV (DOB 02-06-1991) of La Crosse as the suspect in this past weekend’s shooting incident. In the early morning hours of July 28th at 1:33am, Officers patrolling the downtown area heard a gunshot fired in the area of Who’s On Third, 126 3rd Street North. The initial investigation
    July 30, 2019
  • Last night La Crosse Police investigators and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant on 2755 George St. apartment #8 as part of an ongoing drug investigation into Jack D. Taylor (DOB 03-10-1985) of La Crosse. Mr. Taylor was taken into custody at the time of the search warrant and a search of the residence
    July 25, 2019

Wisconsin Most Wanted and Warrants


View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • WEST ALLIS — A victim of sexual assault has gone without justice for years. That is because the man convicted of the heinous crime has been on the run. “The victim in this case was the daughter of his then-girlfriend. They were all living together in the same house,” said the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case. In 2014, the victim ran out the door of her home half-naked and into the cold. She used a neighbor’s phone to call
    March 13, 2020
  • UPDATE: (March 9, 2020):  A tip from a FOX6 News viewer led to the arrest of Desmond Davis Monday morning, March 9. WAUWATOSA — After being given multiple chances to come forward, U.S. Marshals are now asking the public for any information leading to the arrest of 26-year-old Desmond Davis. In October 2018, Davis was caught inside a stolen vehicle in the city of Wauwatosa. A gun with an extended magazine was beside him. Davis told police the gun was
    March 06, 2020
  • WAUWATOSA — After being given multiple chances to come forward, U.S. Marshals are now asking the public for any information leading to the arrest of 26-year-old Desmond Davis. In October 2018, Davis was caught inside a stolen vehicle in the city of Wauwatosa. A gun with an extended magazine was beside him. Davis told police the gun was not his. He did not count on authorities searching through his cellphone. Police uncovered a string of incriminating videos Davis recorded showing
    March 06, 2020
  • HARTLAND —  U.S. Marshals need your help locating Calvin Cardon, 42, who was living in Hartland until September 2019. “The fact he’s out in the public raises an alarm,” said the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case said. “Providing him with any assistance, they themselves could be charged with a crime.” US Marshals said Cardon ditched his GPS monitoring device. He’s been on the Sex Offender Registry since 1997. “Mr. Cardon, back in 1996 was convicted of sexual assault of
    February 28, 2020
  • MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman wanted in connection with two domestic violence cases is on the run. Authorities are now concerned for the victim in the alleged crimes. U.S. Marshals say the crimes were against a woman the fugitive was dating. “It’s proven day in and day out in the City of Milwaukee that there is a problem with domestic violence,” said the U.S. deputy marshal on the case. 27-year-old Sametra Friend is wanted on two warrants from the Milwaukee
    February 21, 2020
  • MILWAUKEE — A fugitive described as jealous and explosive is on the run. The U.S. Marshals say he is wanted for strangling not one, but two women. Thankfully, both survived. It took seven months for Donald Jordan to show an ex-girlfriend he was no Valentine. “He got upset grabbed her and started choking her. So she was in and out of consciousness,” said the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case. “I could see this happening again in the future. U.S.
    February 14, 2020

Wisconsin Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Anisa Crawford-garza
    Anisa Crawford-garza, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/18/2020. Missing From Oshkosh, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Oshkosh Police Department (wisconsin) 1-920-236-5700.
    September 26, 2020
  • Missing: Andrew Cox
    Andrew Cox, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/29/2020. Missing From La Crosse, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: La Crosse Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-782-7575.
    September 16, 2020
  • Missing: Arianna Witt
    Arianna Witt, Age Now: 18, Missing: 08/26/2020. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-255-2345.
    September 08, 2020
  • Missing: Nicolaus Sharp
    Nicolaus Sharp, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/06/2020. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    September 01, 2020
  • Missing: Nikayia Kidd-powell
    Nikayia Kidd-powell, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/17/2020. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    September 01, 2020
  • Missing: Melanie Price
    Melanie Price, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/04/2020. Missing From Hayward, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sawyer County Sheriff's Office (wisconsin) 1-715-634-5213.
    August 26, 2020

Wisconsin Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

  • 4501 Verona Rd(BP Gas Station)On 9-27-20, at approximately 1:32 am, Madison Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Helene Parkway and Britta Dr, for people hearing …
    September 27, 2020
  • N. Thompson Drive / Kurt DriveOfficers were dispatched to the area of N. Thompson Drive and Kurt Drive for a weapons violation. Witness observed an occupant of a …
    September 26, 2020
  • 4800 block of E. Washington AveOfficers had been searching for a suspect in a previous battery investigation, and shortly after 630am, an officer noticed a dark blue Mercedes; …
    September 26, 2020
  • 1250 McKenna BlvdMadison Police Department held a ceremony swearing in K9 Officer Dominic today at Elver Park shelter. K9 Officer Dominic is named after a little …
    September 25, 2020
  • 4300 block of Crawford Dr, Madison WIOn 09-24-20, at approximately 10:55 pm, Madison Police Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 4300 block of Crawford Dr, for a residential …
    September 25, 2020
  • Geronimo Circle and Artesian Ln areaOn 9-23-20, at approximately 11:11 pm, multiple callers hearing possible multiple shots fired in the area. Madison Police Officers arrived on …
    September 23, 2020

Wisconsin Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Michael Bujanowski • Wausau, Wisconsin • 28 Years Old
    February 25, 2017

Wisconsin Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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Wisconsin American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • Wisconsin's demographic and housing ACS survey of 5,724,692 being 1.82 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.6% males and 50.4% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Wisconsin social characteristics data of 2,293,250 households, which make up 1.97 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,469,359 families with and without children. There are 1,490,311 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Wisconsin American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 4,561,244 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.83 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 3,073,680 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Wisconsin housing characteristics are collected from 2,635,602 dwellings making up 1.99 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,293,250 or uninhabited 342,352 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,293,250 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Wisconsin Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Wisconsin
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Wisconsin Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Wisconsin
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    21 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Wisconsin Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Wisconsin
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Wisconsin
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Wisconsin territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile