These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Wisconsin For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Wisconsin have the most for people looking to make the move to Wisconsin.

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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:

  1. Ozaukee County (Photos)
  2. Waukesha County (Photos)
  3. Outagamie County (Photos)
  4. Washington County (Photos)
  5. St. Croix County (Photos)
  6. Calumet County (Photos)
  7. Green County (Photos)
  8. Door County (Photos)
  9. Iowa County (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Wisconsin and the best places to raise a family in Wisconsin.

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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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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.

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1. Ozaukee County

Belgium, WI

Biggest Place: Mequon
Population: 87,625
Median Income: $78,415 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $248,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (6th best)
More on Ozaukee County: PhotosData

2. Waukesha County

Brookfield, WI

Biggest Place: Waukesha
Population: 395,377
Median Income: $78,268 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $254,700 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (10th best)
More on Waukesha County: PhotosData

3. Outagamie County

Appleton, WI

Biggest Place: Appleton
Population: 181,799
Median Income: $59,806 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $157,200 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (10th best)
More on Outagamie County: PhotosData

4. Washington County

Hartford, WI

Biggest Place: Milwaukee
Population: 133,422
Median Income: $70,325 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $215,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (13th best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

5. St. Croix County

Baldwin, WI

Biggest Place: River Falls
Population: 86,726
Median Income: $73,743 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $213,100 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (14th best)
More on St. Croix County: PhotosData

6. Calumet County

Appleton, WI

Biggest Place: Appleton
Population: 49,653
Median Income: $70,042 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $166,600 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (1st best)
More on Calumet County: PhotosData

7. Green County

Belleville, WI

Biggest Place: Monroe
Population: 37,050
Median Income: $57,416 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $161,900 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (3rd best)
More on Green County: PhotosData

8. Door County

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Biggest Place: Sturgeon Bay
Population: 27,669
Median Income: $53,980 (23rd best)
Median Home Price: $201,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (50th best)
More on Door County: PhotosData

9. Iowa County

Dodgeville, WI

Biggest Place: Dodgeville
Population: 23,751
Median Income: $56,641 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $166,900 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (19th best)
More on Iowa County: PhotosData

10. Pierce County

Ellsworth, WI

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: River Falls
Population: 40,881
Median Income: $64,364 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $193,000 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (2nd best)
More on Pierce County: PhotosData

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:

  1. Milwaukee County
  2. Adams County
  3. Langlade County

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Wisconsin

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Ozaukee County 1 87,625 $78,415 $248,800
Waukesha County 2 395,377 $78,268 $254,700
Outagamie County 3 181,799 $59,806 $157,200
Washington County 4 133,422 $70,325 $215,700
St. Croix County 5 86,726 $73,743 $213,100
Calumet County 6 49,653 $70,042 $166,600
Green County 7 37,050 $57,416 $161,900
Door County 8 27,669 $53,980 $201,900
Iowa County 9 23,751 $56,641 $166,900
Pierce County 10 40,881 $64,364 $193,000
Columbia County 11 56,650 $61,004 $177,200
Kewaunee County 12 20,459 $58,152 $151,200
Dane County 13 516,818 $64,773 $236,000
Buffalo County 14 13,256 $52,447 $151,400
Fond Du Lac County 15 101,968 $56,376 $147,000
Sheboygan County 16 115,269 $54,392 $148,200
Dodge County 17 88,404 $54,111 $153,900
Oconto County 18 37,475 $54,018 $153,400
Jefferson County 19 84,538 $57,290 $175,500
Winnebago County 20 169,487 $53,501 $144,300
Chippewa County 21 63,355 $52,657 $152,400
Portage County 22 70,551 $52,411 $155,900
Brown County 23 256,621 $54,172 $160,700
Marathon County 24 135,367 $54,227 $145,900
La Crosse County 25 117,538 $51,477 $158,700
Wood County 26 73,621 $49,926 $124,000
Polk County 27 43,483 $52,039 $156,000
Dunn County 28 44,348 $51,787 $154,500
Trempealeau County 29 29,521 $52,438 $145,800
Waupaca County 30 51,974 $52,441 $137,700
Price County 31 13,707 $43,547 $117,600
Bayfield County 32 14,987 $48,132 $162,800
Manitowoc County 33 80,178 $49,613 $127,500
Richland County 34 17,642 $46,564 $128,000
Eau Claire County 35 101,907 $50,538 $153,200
Lincoln County 36 28,171 $52,221 $134,200
Oneida County 37 35,604 $49,715 $163,800
Green Lake County 38 18,881 $47,174 $137,800
Lafayette County 39 16,793 $53,038 $124,100
Walworth County 40 103,021 $55,575 $189,500
Marquette County 41 15,082 $48,445 $142,500
Sauk County 42 63,317 $53,225 $169,500
Vernon County 43 30,442 $49,476 $146,100
Iron County 44 5,850 $41,270 $107,600
Washburn County 45 15,685 $44,437 $147,300
Crawford County 46 16,415 $45,780 $123,800
Grant County 47 51,723 $49,077 $135,400
Shawano County 48 41,384 $48,773 $132,500
Racine County 49 194,873 $56,359 $163,900
Kenosha County 50 167,896 $56,086 $162,400
Marinette County 51 41,090 $43,893 $114,000
Pepin County 52 7,349 $51,346 $141,900
Monroe County 53 45,365 $53,394 $139,100
Barron County 54 45,548 $46,863 $140,900
Vilas County 55 21,373 $41,632 $201,000
Taylor County 56 20,521 $47,306 $129,000
Douglas County 57 43,705 $48,190 $135,600
Burnett County 58 15,259 $42,441 $150,300
Jackson County 59 20,566 $49,608 $129,100
Juneau County 60 26,399 $47,243 $118,800
Clark County 61 34,486 $46,783 $115,500
Forest County 62 9,108 $41,378 $129,300
Waushara County 63 24,238 $46,581 $137,200
Rock County 64 160,986 $50,968 $132,500
Rusk County 65 14,272 $39,904 $105,400
Ashland County 66 15,936 $40,297 $108,700
Sawyer County 67 16,438 $41,869 $159,800
Langlade County 68 19,414 $43,501 $108,100
Adams County 69 20,294 $43,554 $129,100
Milwaukee County 70 955,306 $45,263 $150,000

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