Milwaukee secured a place in the consciousness of TV viewers when it served as the setting for the hit sitcoms Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley in the 1970s, but the history of its namesake county dates back much farther. Home to Native American tribes like the Sauk, Menomonee, and Potawotami long before American settlers arrived, Milwaukee County was created in 1834 as part of the Michigan Territory. Prior to that, it had been known as Brown County.
Today, Milwaukee County is both the most populous and most densely populated county in Wisconsin, even though it is the third-smallest county in the state by land area. Only 20% of Milwaukee County is land; the remaining 80% consists of water from several rivers. It is the only Wisconsin county that is completely incorporated, and serves as the home to two professional sports teams, the Bucks (NBA) and Brewers (MLB).