These Are The 10 Best Milwaukee Suburbs


We analyzed over 35 places around Milwaukee to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Milwaukee are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Milwaukee:

  1. Whitefish Bay (Photos)
  2. Elm Grove (Photos)
  3. Fox Point (Photos)
  4. Shorewood (Photos)
  5. Sussex (Photos)
  6. Mequon (Photos)
  7. Wauwatosa (Photos)
  8. Delafield (Photos)
  9. Muskego (Photos)
  10. Grafton (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Whitefish Bay, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Milwaukee ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Milwaukee

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Milwaukee was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Milwaukee, Wi Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 35 suburbs to evaluate around Milwaukee.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 35 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Milwaukee.” We’re lookin’ at you, Whitefish Bay.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,132
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $322,400
Median Income: $102,576

2. Elm Grove

Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,985
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $362,900
Median Income: $119,679

3. Fox Point

Fox Point, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,695
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $289,500
Median Income: $107,466

4. Shorewood

Shorewood, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,245
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $295,400
Median Income: $63,550

5. Sussex

Sussex, Wisconsin

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Population: 10,632
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $259,300
Median Income: $73,958

6. Mequon

Mequon, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,300
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $346,900
Median Income: $106,813

7. Wauwatosa

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,838
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $222,500
Median Income: $69,467

8. Delafield

Delafield, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,136
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $354,600
Median Income: $83,795

9. Muskego

Muskego, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 24,387
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $268,000
Median Income: $83,033

10. Grafton

Grafton, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,539
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $204,800
Median Income: $61,887

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Milwaukee, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Milwaukee

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Whitefish Bay 1 14,132 4.8% $322,400 $102,576
Elm Grove 2 5,985 4.1% $362,900 $119,679
Fox Point 3 6,695 4.1% $289,500 $107,466
Shorewood 4 13,245 4.9% $295,400 $63,550
Sussex 5 10,632 3.6% $259,300 $73,958
Mequon 6 23,300 5.3% $346,900 $106,813
Wauwatosa 7 46,838 4.6% $222,500 $69,467
Delafield 8 7,136 5.5% $354,600 $83,795
Muskego 9 24,387 4.0% $268,000 $83,033
Grafton 10 11,539 3.6% $204,800 $61,887
Pewaukee 11 13,599 4.1% $267,100 $81,976
Brookfield 12 37,971 5.3% $282,300 $91,485
Cedarburg 13 11,485 6.2% $252,700 $71,813
New Berlin 14 39,712 5.1% $236,700 $74,203
Richfield 15 11,365 6.1% $299,400 $91,014
Menomonee Falls 16 35,828 4.9% $227,100 $73,936
Franklin 17 35,920 4.6% $226,500 $73,122
Hales Corners 18 7,749 5.9% $223,000 $59,783
Oconomowoc 19 15,990 5.5% $232,000 $70,204
Port Washington 20 11,401 5.5% $190,300 $61,978
Waukesha 21 71,083 6.0% $194,400 $58,126
Hartland 22 9,161 5.3% $245,500 $63,906
Glendale 23 12,893 4.9% $208,200 $61,296
Germa 24 19,791 6.4% $234,900 $74,865
St. Francis 25 9,488 10.0% $151,700 $45,708
Pewaukee 26 8,233 5.8% $187,000 $59,435
Greendale 27 14,208 6.8% $202,900 $63,480
Cudahy 28 18,321 10.5% $154,800 $46,657
Oak Creek 29 34,823 6.2% $205,500 $64,570
Greenfield 30 36,990 6.8% $173,500 $50,311
West Allis 31 60,595 7.9% $145,500 $44,475
Caledonia 32 24,689 7.4% $196,900 $68,936
South Milwaukee 33 21,210 9.8% $157,500 $51,499
Milwaukee 34 598,078 13.1% $121,600 $35,489
Brown Deer 35 12,067 7.5% $151,000 $55,396

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