These Are The 10 Best Milwaukee Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 55 places around Milwaukee to identify the most in demand places 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 for 2018:

  1. Fox Point (Photos | Homes)
  2. Merton (Homes)
  3. Elm Grove (Photos | Homes)
  4. Whitefish Bay (Photos | Homes)
  5. Bayside (Homes)
  6. Summit (Homes)
  7. Mequon (Photos | Homes)
  8. North Prairie (Homes)
  9. Brookfield (Photos | Homes)
  10. Sussex (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Fox Point, 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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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Milwaukee for 2018

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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Milwaukee.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 55 suburbs to evaluate around Milwaukee.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 55 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, Fox Point.

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.

1. Fox Point

Fox Point, Wisconsin

Population: 6,695
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Median Home Price: $309,000
Median Income: $113,854
More on Fox Point: Real Estate | Data

Fox Point is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Milwaukee area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Fox Point.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $113,854 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Milwaukee region. And only 1.5% are out of work. Homes average more than $309,000 each.

2. Merton

Merton, Wisconsin

Population: 3,535
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $411,800
Median Income: $141,250
More on Merton: Real Estate | Data

Merton is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Milwaukee for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

3. Elm Grove

Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Population: 6,085
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $355,000
Median Income: $119,512
More on Elm Grove: Real Estate | Data

Here in Elm Grove, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Milwaukee metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Elm Grove.

4. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,088
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $350,700
Median Income: $105,156
More on Whitefish Bay: Real Estate | Data

Whitefish Bay ranks as the 4th best suburb of Milwaukee for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Whitefish Bay and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Bayside

Bayside, Wisconsin

Population: 4,428
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Median Home Price: $332,600
Median Income: $99,000
More on Bayside: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Bayside.

Bayside gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Milwaukee area, where houses sell for an average of $332,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Summit

Population: 4,783
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $370,700
Median Income: $101,554
More on Summit: Real Estate | Data

Summit is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.7% which is 25th best in the area.

According to online reports, Summit is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Milwaukee area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Mequon

Mequon, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,663
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $354,300
Median Income: $104,691
More on Mequon: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Mequon.

Mequon schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 10.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. North Prairie

North Prairie, Wisconsin

Population: 2,391
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Median Home Price: $245,900
Median Income: $83,875
More on North Prairie: Real Estate | Data

North Prairie is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.3% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

9. Brookfield

Brookfield, Wisconsin

Population: 37,991
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $287,500
Median Income: $95,956
More on Brookfield: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Brookfield?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Sussex

Sussex, Wisconsin

Population: 10,716
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $259,100
Median Income: $81,160
More on Sussex: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Sussex.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Milwaukee ‘Burbs of 2018

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 Milwaukee Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Fox Point 6,695 1.5% $309,000 $113,854
2 Merton 3,535 2.5% $411,800 $141,250
3 Elm Grove 6,085 2.5% $355,000 $119,512
4 Whitefish Bay 14,088 3.2% $350,700 $105,156
5 Bayside 4,428 1.5% $332,600 $99,000
6 Summit 4,783 3.7% $370,700 $101,554
7 Mequon 23,663 2.9% $354,300 $104,691
8 North Prairie 2,391 2.6% $245,900 $83,875
9 Brookfield 37,991 4.1% $287,500 $95,956
10 Sussex 10,716 2.7% $259,100 $81,160
11 Muskego 24,650 3.1% $271,400 $82,383
12 Thiensville 3,184 2.6% $222,000 $61,125
13 Richfield 11,483 4.6% $295,600 $97,212
14 New Berlin 39,807 2.8% $235,300 $77,795
15 Menomonee Falls 36,118 3.3% $228,300 $74,266
16 Hales Corners 7,720 3.1% $218,700 $66,274
17 Wauwatosa 47,388 3.8% $221,800 $70,632
18 Cedarburg 11,516 4.3% $258,200 $79,266
19 Grafton 11,563 3.1% $201,100 $66,436
20 Waterford 5,344 3.6% $193,700 $71,895
21 Oconomowoc 16,289 4.5% $239,400 $73,500
22 Shorewood 13,300 4.3% $308,600 $63,918
23 Hartland 9,195 3.2% $266,500 $68,364
24 Franklin 36,155 3.1% $224,800 $73,590
25 Wales 2,562 4.5% $280,200 $95,714
26 Pewaukee 8,225 3.5% $191,800 $57,321
27 Pewaukee 8,225 3.5% $191,800 $57,321
28 Delafield 7,218 6.0% $346,200 $80,714
29 Mukwonago 7,549 2.5% $219,200 $64,011
30 Glendale 12,880 3.0% $207,200 $65,120
31 Greendale 14,303 5.4% $200,300 $64,338
32 Port Washington 11,531 4.2% $182,800 $66,296
33 Dousman 2,493 3.1% $221,700 $62,238
34 Oak Creek 35,218 4.0% $209,800 $67,845
35 Slinger 5,190 4.4% $191,100 $73,302
36 Rochester 3,733 2.7% $227,500 $57,941
37 Fredonia 2,108 3.8% $184,500 $71,750
38 Brown Deer 12,075 6.2% $145,700 $58,472
39 Caledonia 24,767 7.2% $191,200 $69,500
40 Jackson 6,839 4.9% $177,400 $56,444
41 Waukesha 72,016 4.5% $192,400 $59,866
42 Mount Pleasant 26,237 5.0% $180,100 $63,799
43 West Bend 31,661 4.5% $163,800 $56,003
44 East Troy 4,293 3.2% $186,400 $58,266
45 Sturtevant 6,961 3.7% $132,100 $63,196
46 Greenfield 37,070 5.3% $170,600 $52,075
47 Hartford 14,350 3.8% $174,400 $55,169
48 Saukville 4,494 5.6% $187,300 $58,750
49 South Milwaukee 21,197 7.0% $154,300 $52,418
50 Union Grove 4,897 6.8% $185,400 $62,979
51 St. Francis 9,516 5.3% $146,300 $43,065
52 West Allis 60,543 5.8% $140,200 $46,524
53 Cudahy 18,321 7.2% $150,400 $46,973
54 Racine 77,931 10.9% $106,400 $41,178
55 West Milwaukee 4,214 9.9% $137,800 $33,323

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