These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Milwaukee, WI For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Milwaukee are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Milwaukee, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Milwaukee neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Milwaukee are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Milwaukee for 2018:

  1. Downer Woods (Homes)
  2. Park Place (Homes)
  3. Calumet Farms (Homes)
  4. Riverside Park (Homes)
  5. Fernwood (Homes)
  6. Washington Heights (Homes)
  7. Highwood Estates (Homes)
  8. Harbor View (Homes)
  9. Juneau Town (Homes)
  10. Northpoint (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Milwaukee that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Milwaukee for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Milwaukee, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 142 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Milwaukee.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Downer Woods.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Milwaukee has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Downer Woods

Population: 4,405
Median Income: $63,620
Median Home Value: $312,175

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2. Park Place

Population: 1,163
Median Income: $61,658
Median Home Value: $234,500

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3. Calumet Farms

Population: 1,151
Median Income: $61,658
Median Home Value: $234,500

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4. Riverside Park

Population: 2,516
Median Income: $35,214
Median Home Value: $212,433

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5. Fernwood

Population: 2,630
Median Income: $60,260
Median Home Value: $174,040

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6. Washington Heights

Washington Heights Milwaukee, WI

Population: 6,914
Median Income: $63,497
Median Home Value: $150,910

Washington Heights is a neighborhood characterized by its 1920s Arts and Crafts housing stock. The boundaries of Washington Heights are 60th St. on the west, North Ave. on the north, 47th St. and Washington Park on the east, and Vliet St. on the south. I
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7. Highwood Estates

Population: 1,948
Median Income: $38,665
Median Home Value: $150,050

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8. Harbor View

Population: 1,070
Median Income: $47,787
Median Home Value: $145,733

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9. Juneau Town

Population: 5,330
Median Income: $54,999
Median Home Value: $220,483

The East Town neighborhood encompasses the eastern portion of downtown Milwaukee’s central business district from the Milwaukee River on the west to Lake Michigan on the east, and from Ogden Avenue on the north to Clybourn on the south.
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10. Northpoint

Population: 5,174
Median Income: $61,377
Median Home Value: $302,400

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Milwaukee

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Milwaukee where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Milwaukee:

  1. King Park
  2. Muskego Way
  3. Clarke Square

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Milwaukee

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Downer Woods 4,405 $312,175 2,239 2.7%
2 Park Place 1,163 $234,500 2,672 10.7%
3 Calumet Farms 1,151 $234,500 2,672 10.7%
4 Riverside Park 2,516 $212,433 4,333 1.7%
5 Fernwood 2,630 $174,040 3,566 5.7%
6 Washington Heights 6,914 $150,910 4,343 5.5%
7 Highwood Estates 1,948 $150,050 5,062 0.8%
8 Harbor View 1,070 $145,733 3,028 3.4%
9 Juneau Town 5,330 $220,483 2,239 3.2%
10 Northpoint 5,174 $302,400 2,239 3.1%
11 Upper East Side 3,253 $294,550 2,239 6.6%
12 Murray Hill 4,031 $292,638 2,239 2.9%
13 Alverno 1,082 $221,300 4,487 0.7%
14 Cooper Park 3,224 $156,900 3,632 6.6%
15 Gra-Ram 2,345 $160,333 5,417 4.0%
16 Yankee Hill 3,262 $152,700 2,541 2.4%
17 Story Hill 1,776 $169,375 4,330 4.6%
18 Wedgewood 1,452 $178,650 3,627 4.2%
19 Euclid Park 1,785 $165,600 4,286 5.6%
20 Granville Station 1,785 $120,033 6,176 10.4%
21 Golden Valley 2,660 $143,917 3,958 2.1%
22 Mount Mary 1,911 $160,850 3,271 3.0%
23 West View 2,009 $158,900 5,040 7.2%
24 River Bend 1,496 $146,650 4,683 6.0%
25 Honey Creek Manor 2,863 $133,700 5,079 4.7%
26 Riverwest 11,996 $159,800 4,752 5.6%
27 Brewer’S Hill 2,180 $167,750 4,285 6.5%
28 Nash Park 2,479 $120,067 5,674 3.7%
29 Goldman Park 2,119 $153,350 5,497 2.8%
30 Bay View 15,247 $149,796 4,451 5.0%
31 Fairview 3,714 $140,157 4,951 5.3%
32 Lyons Park 1,621 $129,200 4,841 3.3%
33 Morgan Heights 1,793 $176,150 4,002 8.7%
34 Alcott Park 1,724 $176,150 4,002 8.7%
35 Kops Park 3,198 $126,900 5,457 6.3%
36 Mitchell Field 1,782 $148,200 5,364 3.6%
37 Columbus Park 4,382 $102,683 6,888 10.2%
38 White Manor 1,933 $145,233 4,986 5.5%
39 Lower East Side 11,164 $188,825 2,503 3.8%
40 Town Of Lake 5,370 $145,883 4,883 6.0%
41 Tippecanoe 6,120 $147,378 4,800 6.3%
42 Copernicus Park 1,468 $155,100 5,517 4.7%
43 Uptown 6,803 $106,300 6,884 10.2%
44 Saveland Park 1,220 $145,800 5,252 3.6%
45 Jackson Park 7,640 $153,082 5,174 5.3%
46 Cambridge Heights 2,053 $226,260 4,428 7.1%
47 Clayton Crest 1,895 $166,350 5,150 6.7%
48 Miller Valley 1,460 $130,300 5,378 12.9%
49 Vogel Park 2,372 $125,367 6,653 14.6%
50 Rolling Green 2,045 $156,200 5,186 8.2%
51 Heritage Heights 1,952 $152,200 5,850 11.1%
52 Grantosa 1,299 $103,700 6,383 12.7%
53 Sunset Heights 4,436 $116,986 6,624 10.9%
54 Maple Tree 1,213 $152,200 5,850 11.1%
55 Wahl Park 2,278 $87,167 7,119 10.4%
56 Long View 3,097 $102,525 6,573 5.2%
57 Root Creek 1,807 $127,000 5,480 7.2%
58 Saint Amelian’S 1,624 $106,100 6,073 5.7%
59 Pheasant Run 1,931 $131,300 6,352 9.6%
60 Saint Joseph 6,023 $113,592 6,724 11.1%
61 Cannon Park 2,074 $140,700 5,630 5.3%
62 Bluemound Heights 3,707 $128,043 5,822 5.5%
63 North Granville 2,481 $157,800 6,129 8.6%
64 Hawley Farms 1,446 $118,500 5,534 3.2%
65 Johnson’S Woods 2,736 $127,400 5,989 7.3%
66 Enderis Park 3,012 $141,017 5,613 7.7%
67 Morgandale 8,727 $130,140 6,132 7.3%
68 Northridge Lakes 2,232 $128,600 6,357 11.5%
69 Hampton Heights 7,896 $82,214 7,859 11.6%
70 Castle Manor 3,478 $147,940 6,000 6.2%
71 Menomonee River Hills 8,506 $125,662 6,276 5.1%
72 Silver Swan 3,367 $99,800 7,660 14.0%
73 Town And Country Manor 1,516 $114,433 6,526 9.3%
74 Florist Highlands 1,255 $156,300 6,196 5.8%
75 Grasslyn Manor 4,813 $108,820 6,833 11.5%
76 Land Bank 2,186 $94,500 6,913 6.2%
77 Southpoint 3,165 $134,600 6,157 8.7%
78 Bradley Estates 1,668 $112,467 5,412 6.3%
79 Lindsay Park 4,933 $121,220 6,748 9.9%
80 Dineen Park 3,900 $104,020 6,864 10.7%
81 Arlington Gardens 2,633 $112,625 6,839 4.5%
82 Fair Park 1,485 $127,067 6,055 5.0%
83 Mcgovern Park 3,608 $79,650 7,698 13.7%
84 Layton Park 8,800 $110,400 7,155 8.6%
85 Menomonee River Hills East 3,384 $100,925 7,075 14.6%
86 Rufus King 4,125 $88,571 7,495 13.2%
87 Little Menomonee Parkway 1,033 $137,550 6,085 5.5%
88 Wilson Park 3,930 $114,925 6,624 3.4%
89 Polonia 6,636 $118,962 7,044 7.0%
90 Brown Deer Park 1,400 $122,300 6,583 7.8%
91 Capitol Heights 6,632 $101,391 6,848 7.8%
92 Havenwoods 1,142 $72,100 7,892 17.8%
93 Lincoln Park 5,092 $85,386 7,391 12.3%
94 Valhalla 4,023 $60,925 8,227 10.3%
95 Wyrick Park 1,760 $119,100 5,553 9.8%
96 North Meadows 2,072 $131,850 7,560 10.6%
97 Roosevelt Grove 5,652 $82,955 7,680 11.0%
98 Menomonee River Valley 2,350 $89,986 6,528 6.7%
99 National Park 2,341 $100,125 7,810 7.6%
100 Lenox Heights 1,978 $129,220 5,912 9.7%

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