The state of Wisconsin is located in the north central region and is bordered by Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota. It also borders Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The area is 54,375 square miles with a population of 5,556,506(as of 2006). Manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, and education drive the economy. Wisconsin is the 2nd largest producer of dairy products and is the leader in cheese production. It also ranks first in corn for silage, cranberries, ginseng snap beans, oats, potatoes, carrots, tart cherries, maple syrup, and sweet corn for processing. The state’s landscape is very popular for touring and outdoor recreation.