10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wisconsin For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wisconsin have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Wisconsin.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Wisconsin? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Badger State for 2019:

  1. Mequon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cedarburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Grafton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Oregon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Verona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Waunakee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Burlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Oconomowoc (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Waupun (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hartford (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Wisconsin, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Wisconsin and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Wisconsin anyways?

To give you the places in Wisconsin which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Badger State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Wisconsin, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Wisconsin, that meant a total of 76 cities.

Read on to see why Mequon is where all the families are headed, while West Allis is probably a place made for singles.

Mequon, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 23,787
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Mequon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mequon is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,132 at the 2010 census.

Cedarburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,499
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Cedarburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cedarburg is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located about 20 miles north of Milwaukee and near the shores of Lake Michigan. The city is bordered by the village of Grafton to the east and the Town of Cedarburg elsewhere. The population was 11,412 at the 2010 census.

Grafton, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,576
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Grafton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grafton is a village in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 11,459 at the 2010 census. The village is adjacent to the Town of Grafton and the city of Cedarburg.

Oregon, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,033
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Oregon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Oregon is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the census of 2010, the population was 9,231. Oregon is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is located mostly within the Town of Oregon.

Verona, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,465
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 39.4%
More on Verona: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Verona is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, in the United States and is a suburb of Madison. The population was 10,619 at the 2010 census. The city is located ten miles southwest of downtown Madison within the Town of Verona. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Waunakee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,284
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 38.8%
More on Waunakee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Burlington, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,652
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Burlington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Burlington is a city in Racine and Walworth counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, with the majority of the city located in Racine County. The population of the portion of the city inside Racine County was 10,464 as of the 2010 census.

Oconomowoc, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 16,450
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 32.5%
More on Oconomowoc: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Oconomowoc is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The name was derived from Coo-no-mo-wauk, the Potawatomi term for “waterfall.” The population was 15,712 at the 2010 census. The city is partially adjacent to the Town of Oconomowoc and near the village of Oconomowoc Lake, Wisconsin.

Waupun, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,277
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 28.5%
More on Waupun: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Waupun is a city in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 11,340 at the 2010 census. Of this, 7,864 were in Dodge County, and 3,476 were in Fond du Lac County. In Fond du Lac County, the Town of Waupun abuts the city of Waupun.

Hartford, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,552
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Hartford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hartford is a city in Washington and Dodge counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,223. All of this population resided in the Washington County portion of the city.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Wisconsin

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Wisconsin ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Wisconsin according to the data:

  1. West Allis
  2. Ashwaubenon
  3. Onalaska

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Wisconsin

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Mequon, WI 23,787 63
2 Cedarburg, WI 11,499 64
3 Grafton, WI 11,576 59
4 Oregon, WI 10,033 58
5 Verona, WI 12,465 43
6 Waunakee, WI 13,284 45
7 Burlington, WI 10,652 47
8 Oconomowoc, WI 16,450 37
9 Waupun, WI 11,277 45
10 Hartford, WI 14,552 67
11 Muskego, WI 24,731 40
12 Franklin, WI 36,295 37
13 Whitefish Bay, WI 14,099 44
14 Sun Prairie, WI 32,112 54
15 Fort Atkinson, WI 12,429 54
16 Kaukauna, WI 15,883 51
17 Monroe, WI 10,688 40
18 Middleton, WI 18,951 56
19 Hudson, WI 13,456 44
20 Stevens Point, WI 26,526 45
21 Menomonee Falls, WI 36,411 42
22 River Falls, WI 15,256 54
23 Watertown, WI 23,730 48
24 New Berlin, WI 39,779 41
25 Cudahy, WI 18,350 43
26 Portage, WI 10,321 59
27 Brookfield, WI 37,943 41
28 Shorewood, WI 13,367 45
29 Waukesha, WI 72,173 61
30 Whitewater, WI 14,762 52
31 Greendale, WI 14,293 51
32 Platteville, WI 12,194 40
33 Port Washington, WI 11,589 39
34 Stoughton, WI 13,058 55
35 Green Bay, WI 104,796 81
36 Kenosha, WI 99,623 59
37 Oak Creek, WI 35,588 48
38 West Bend, WI 31,656 59
39 Superior, WI 26,473 49
40 Menomonie, WI 16,222 40
41 De Pere, WI 24,695 56
42 Beloit, WI 36,733 72
43 Appleton, WI 73,832 46
44 South Milwaukee, WI 21,185 34
45 Wausau, WI 38,934 64
46 Baraboo, WI 12,080 41
47 Two Rivers, WI 11,305 37
48 Beaver Dam, WI 16,346 59
49 Chippewa Falls, WI 13,920 59
50 Glendale, WI 12,868 49
51 Marshfield, WI 18,326 43
52 Neenah, WI 25,821 40
53 Marinette, WI 10,729 59
54 Menasha, WI 17,945 64
55 Caledonia, WI 24,803 40
56 Fitchburg, WI 27,914 46
57 Manitowoc, WI 32,939 50
58 Racine, WI 77,740 58
59 Janesville, WI 63,957 52
60 Oshkosh, WI 66,649 61
61 Milwaukee, WI 599,086 100
62 Sheboygan, WI 48,560 48
63 Plover, WI 12,494 59
64 Madison, WI 248,856 100
65 Brown Deer, WI 12,076 36
66 Wauwatosa, WI 47,687 53
67 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 17,905 40
68 La Crosse, WI 51,928 67
69 Fond Du Lac, WI 42,910 56
70 Mount Pleasant, WI 26,300 37
71 Eau Claire, WI 67,945 62
72 Greenfield, WI 37,082 50
73 Pleasant Prairie, WI 20,552 60
74 Onalaska, WI 18,452 55
75 Ashwaubenon, WI 17,141 55
76 West Allis, WI 60,546 50

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