Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Wisconsin a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Wisconsin.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Badger State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Wisconsin, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 70 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Badger State for 2018:
- Ozaukee County (Photos)
- Waukesha County (Photos)
- Outagamie County (Photos)
- Washington County (Photos)
- St. Croix County (Photos)
- Calumet County (Photos)
- Green County (Photos)
- Door County (Photos)
- Iowa County (Photos)
- Pierce County (Photos)
Ozaukee County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Wisconsin. And you might want to avoid Milwaukee County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Wisconsin, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Wisconsin county is the best?
To give you the best county in Wisconsin, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Wisconsin across each of the criteria from one to 70, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Wisconsin’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Badger State.
Read on to see why Ozaukee County is the best county, while Milwaukee County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Wisconsin.
7. Green County
8. Door County
9. Iowa County
10. Pierce County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Wisconsin To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Wisconsin can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Wisconsin according to the data:
- Milwaukee County
- Adams County
- Langlade County
For more Wisconsin reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Wisconsin
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Wisconsin
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Wisconsin
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin