These Are The 10 Best Milwaukee Suburbs For 2018


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 for 2018:

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

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.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Wisconsin check out the best places in Wisconsin overall or the worst.

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.

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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 54 suburbs to evaluate around Milwaukee.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 54 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.

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1. Fox Point


Population: 6,695
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Median Home Price: $309,000
Median Income: $113,854
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. Elm Grove

Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,085
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $355,000
Median Income: $119,512
Elm Grove is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Milwaukee for 2018.

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

3. Merton


Population: 3,535
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $411,800
Median Income: $141,250
Here in Merton, 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 Merton.

4. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,088
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $350,700
Median Income: $105,156
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


Population: 4,428
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Median Home Price: $332,600
Median Income: $99,000
Coming in as the fifth best is Bayside.

Bayside gets kudos for having the 6th 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. Mequon

Mequon, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,663
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $354,300
Median Income: $104,691
Mequon 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 2.9% which is 11th best in the area.

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

7. North Prairie


Population: 2,391
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Median Home Price: $245,900
Median Income: $83,875
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to North Prairie.

North Prairie 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 23.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Brookfield

Brookfield, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,991
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $287,500
Median Income: $95,956
Brookfield 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 2.6% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

9. Sussex

Sussex, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,716
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $259,100
Median Income: $81,160
Is ‘Everything Better In Sussex?’

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. Muskego


Population: 24,650
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $271,400
Median Income: $82,383
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Muskego.

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

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

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