THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Milwaukee For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Milwaukee.
Best Neighborhoods In Milwaukee

Laverne and Shirley put Milwaukee on the map 50 years ago and HomeSnacks is here to put Cream City on the map for a second time with our list of the top ten best neighborhoods in Milwaukee for 2020. But, before we take you to our list, it's important to tell you how we calculated Milwaukee's best of the best.

Milwaukee is filled with pockets of people who have pride in their city, pride in their living situations, and pride in their day-to-day. Some might say too much pride in their Bucks at times, but that's a topic for another day. Needless to say, when it came time to ranking Milwaukee's 180 neighborhoods, we had quite the job-a job for the latest census data. So, from the census, we extrapolated the median income and median home prices for all 180 Milwaukee neighborhoods and added that information to our SnackAbility algorithm which looked at things like crime, jobs, and amenities.

And while there's a lot of Milwaukee urban culture-A.K.A neighborhoods-to explore, the neighborhood is great for people who don't really want to have to venture too far from their home for the necessities. If you're looking for a neighborhood with young, motivated professionals, many good ideas have been conceived and friendships formed around a table at Wolski's Tavern in Northpoint. Heck, the city itself, is, afterall, one of the best cities for singles in America. It also doesn't hurt that there are 582,072 residents that call Brew City home.

So, want to know the Milwaukee neighborhoods that you should look at first when deciding to move to this midwestern paradise? We suggest you grab a cold Milwaukee's Best, find a sunny spot on Lake Michigan, and read on.

Milwaukee is in the middle of a construction boom and new additions to the city like the Milwaukee Riverwalk and Miller Park make this area very desirable. And, The Hop, keeps everyone connected. But, there is one neighborhood that embodies everything great about Milwaukee.

So, what is the best neighborhood in Milwaukee for 2020? According to the latest data, Downer Woods gets the blue ribbon.

Whether you choose to buy a home or rent, you should definitely take a look at our list of Milwaukee's best neighborhoods below before you make any life changing decisions.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Milwaukee

Population: 4,628
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $319,400 (First best)
Median Income: $68,167 (Fifth best)
More on Downer Woods: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,709
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $183,280 (13th best)
Median Income: $62,028 (19th best)
More on Fernwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,086
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $178,900 (14th best)
Median Income: $64,663 (15th best)
More on Red Oak Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,774
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $168,450 (18th best)
Median Income: $66,628 (Ninth best)
More on Wedgewood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,997
Rank Last Year: 55 (Up 50)
Median Home Value: $150,800 (34th best)
Median Income: $55,123 (40th best)
More on Rolling Green: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 528
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $222,200 (11th best)
Median Income: $67,569 (Sixth best)
More on Schlitz Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,695
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $257,962 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $66,314 (11th best)
More on Northpoint: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,912
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $165,800 (20th best)
Median Income: $50,111 (58th best)
More on Euclid Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 511
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $159,600 (25th best)
Median Income: $57,969 (29th best)
More on Harder's Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,293
Rank Last Year: 45 (Up 35)
Median Home Value: $165,900 (19th best)
Median Income: $66,477 (Tenth best)
More on Copernicus Park: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Milwaukee, WI Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 180 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, Wisconsin has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Milwaukee

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Milwaukee aren't all good. Triangle North takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Milwaukee.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Milwaukee For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Downer Woods 4,628 $319,400 $68,167
2 Fernwood 2,709 $183,280 $62,028
3 Red Oak Heights 1,086 $178,900 $64,663
4 Wedgewood 1,774 $168,450 $66,628
5 Rolling Green 1,997 $150,800 $55,123
6 Schlitz Park 528 $222,200 $67,569
7 Northpoint 5,695 $257,962 $66,314
8 Euclid Park 1,912 $165,800 $50,111
9 Harder's Oaks 511 $159,600 $57,969
10 Copernicus Park 1,293 $165,900 $66,477
11 Goldman Park 1,864 $152,450 $65,040
12 Washington Heights 7,146 $152,300 $61,358
13 River Bend 1,402 $144,500 $63,660
14 Mount Mary 1,955 $145,500 $72,966
15 Lower East Side 11,051 $228,600 $45,767
16 Highwood Estates 1,951 $145,400 $39,820
17 Upper East Side 3,297 $277,450 $59,591
18 Gra-Ram 2,357 $150,133 $55,697
19 Alcott Park 1,764 $163,400 $66,739
20 Clayton Crest 2,006 $159,150 $55,852
21 Yankee Hill 3,352 $281,714 $38,110
22 Tippecanoe 6,261 $144,789 $57,484
23 Cooper Park 3,369 $144,433 $59,550
24 Woodland Court 658 $150,800 $55,123
25 Golden Valley 2,774 $137,750 $62,387
26 Juneau Town 5,521 $225,017 $59,091
27 West View 1,761 $130,800 $49,688
28 Morgan Heights 1,723 $163,400 $66,739
29 Fairview 3,930 $129,357 $58,151
30 Murray Hill 4,008 $224,875 $49,929
31 Honey Creek Manor 3,014 $130,375 $41,129
32 College Heights 886 $136,400 $65,096
33 Riverside Park 2,524 $222,733 $34,597
34 Mack Acres 261 $174,800 $81,583
35 Valley Forge 198 $185,500 $54,318
36 Golden Gate 375 $174,800 $81,583
37 Mill Valley 899 $134,500 $66,250
38 Green Moor 510 $145,200 $56,719
39 Bay View 15,069 $151,109 $58,175
40 Kops Park 3,156 $122,175 $56,854
41 Cannon Park 2,203 $139,050 $51,344
42 Town Of Lake 5,450 $144,167 $55,016
43 Lyons Park 1,827 $133,100 $53,157
44 Cambridge Heights 2,331 $172,620 $36,397
45 Alverno 1,059 $155,000 $38,571
46 White Manor 1,536 $133,833 $54,057
47 Mitchell Field 1,752 $145,250 $58,649
48 Hawthorne Glen 254 $150,400 $49,167
49 Riverwest 12,197 $143,569 $43,872
50 Hawley Farms 1,695 $126,133 $44,212
51 Wick Field 614 $150,400 $49,167
52 Jackson Park 7,407 $139,318 $50,335
53 Castle Manor 3,632 $142,620 $42,218
54 Nash Park 2,310 $110,567 $47,679
55 Bluemound Heights 3,590 $119,214 $46,598
56 Pheasant Run 1,624 $129,100 $52,500
57 Maitland Park 822 $149,800 $58,898
58 Harbor View 1,183 $150,267 $50,644
59 Florist Highlands 1,302 $150,750 $50,590
60 Honey Creek Parkway 825 $135,800 $51,484
61 Root Creek 2,038 $132,800 $46,307
62 Park Place 1,268 $230,400 $55,938
63 Saveland Park 1,121 $135,100 $56,790
64 Johnson's Woods 2,980 $118,050 $45,000
65 New Coeln 90 $137,500 $63,839
66 Park Knoll 701 $145,750 $55,972
67 Enderis Park 3,238 $129,117 $42,110
68 Menomonee River Hills 8,811 $112,650 $46,088
69 Menomonee River Parkway 359 $131,300 $50,938
70 Heritage Heights 1,905 $165,200 $40,313
71 Burnham Park 8,504 $93,256 $39,637
72 Brewer's Hill 2,227 $142,800 $48,704
73 Saint Amelian's 1,622 $101,150 $40,778
74 Layton Park 9,252 $104,875 $41,539
75 Lindsay Park 4,956 $108,520 $38,162
76 Morgandale 8,624 $122,060 $46,705
77 Story Hill 1,814 $132,350 $50,608
78 Pollber Heights 110 $151,000 $50,208
79 The Valley-Pigsville 407 $153,700 $57,860
80 Historic Third Ward 1,052 $129,250 $84,391
81 Parkway Hills 967 $110,900 $36,420
82 Southpoint 3,418 $123,550 $43,366
83 Wilson Park 3,750 $109,150 $31,320
84 Mount Olivet 785 $147,800 $30,733
85 Calumet Farms 1,256 $230,400 $55,938
86 Columbus Park 4,203 $100,450 $41,796
87 Zoo 604 $134,600 $43,781
88 Arlington Gardens 2,466 $113,175 $39,826
89 Little Menomonee Parkway 1,043 $117,700 $43,218
90 Polonia 5,992 $110,538 $36,874
91 Fair Park 1,185 $125,000 $42,723
92 Jones' Island 557 $141,400 $44,868
93 Mitchell West 3,641 $104,475 $37,754
94 Silver City 4,535 $90,160 $33,498
95 Grantosa 1,856 $97,150 $37,458
96 Melody View 159 $151,000 $50,208
97 Long View 3,079 $86,575 $50,016
98 Vogel Park 2,497 $89,400 $48,283
99 Timmerman West 5,211 $110,350 $38,872
100 Bradley Estates 1,809 $104,167 $53,964
101 Granville Woods 342 $62,500 $31,815
102 National Park 2,253 $88,075 $31,852
103 Sunset Heights 4,421 $105,086 $39,151
104 Capitol Heights 6,588 $95,673 $49,878
105 North Granville 2,208 $138,650 $27,046
106 Riverton Heights 546 $138,100 $61,848
107 Forest Home Hills 5,977 $96,817 $31,816
108 Land Bank 2,251 $91,933 $40,871
109 Lincoln Village 11,856 $80,158 $27,275
110 Kilbourn Town 4,159 $64,200 $45,010
111 Muskego Way 11,525 $73,608 $26,522
112 Timmerman Airport 614 $89,400 $53,125
113 Uptown 6,605 $105,246 $37,542
114 Silver Swan 3,615 $92,050 $34,114
115 Brown Deer Park 1,282 $129,100 $45,050
116 Hampton Heights 7,560 $80,343 $35,298
117 Avenues West 8,847 $23,169 $20,784
118 Freedom Village 210 $62,500 $31,815
119 Grasslyn Manor 4,848 $98,610 $37,987
120 Menomonee River Hills East 3,348 $98,325 $40,500
121 Wyrick Park 1,601 $109,700 $36,686
122 Miller Valley 1,504 $137,233 $46,292
123 Lenox Heights 1,912 $113,060 $33,302
124 Maple Tree 1,184 $165,200 $40,313
125 Servite Woods 896 $71,800 $42,212
126 Thurston Woods 3,656 $81,020 $31,541
127 Brynwood 1,291 $53,000 $30,193
128 Whispering Hills 251 $62,500 $31,815
129 Historic Mitchell Street 11,308 $54,827 $25,922
130 Southgate 2,717 $97,500 $39,300
131 Tripoli Park 522 $129,100 $45,050
132 Silver Spring 12,433 $74,220 $34,350
133 Clarke Square 6,852 $75,450 $23,453
134 Granville Station 1,898 $89,067 $47,130
135 Holler Park 532 $108,300 $43,235
136 Lincoln Creek 7,301 $81,833 $34,958
137 Saint Joseph 6,020 $105,862 $35,368
138 Valhalla 3,872 $57,625 $34,173
139 Park View 566 $80,700 $24,250
140 Rufus King 4,145 $85,414 $32,002
141 Wahl Park 2,621 $73,867 $33,543
142 Dineen Park 4,010 $94,220 $33,841
143 Cold Spring Park 2,142 $78,900 $19,488
144 Estabrook Park 747 $120,800 $28,672
145 Lincoln Park 5,267 $83,757 $32,614
146 North Meadows 2,099 $138,650 $27,050
147 Concordia 3,128 $84,500 $25,198
148 Mcgovern Park 3,643 $66,617 $33,811
149 Northridge Lakes 2,203 $46,700 $23,200
150 Merrill Park 2,966 $61,083 $20,177
151 Graceland 2,327 $83,350 $36,042
152 Walker's Point 7,065 $77,077 $28,660
153 Martin Drive 1,503 $90,550 $27,296
154 Town And Country Manor 1,527 $112,933 $36,243
155 Arlington Heights 4,414 $54,483 $23,732
156 Washington Park 4,448 $63,050 $25,323
157 Roosevelt Grove 5,709 $75,755 $29,979
158 Menomonee River Valley 2,476 $70,386 $30,915
159 Walnut Hill 2,343 $57,575 $29,564
160 Franklin Heights 6,836 $48,150 $25,840
161 Baran Park 769 $80,300 $34,879
162 Triangle 765 $90,050 $33,206
163 Sherman Park 6,916 $69,841 $29,307
164 Havenwoods 1,272 $68,550 $30,000
165 Grover Heights 266 $95,300 $40,833
166 Harambee 12,435 $53,462 $19,812
167 Midtown 6,807 $62,338 $26,767
168 Borchert Field 3,405 $53,950 $25,183
169 Old North Milwaukee 11,494 $61,000 $27,024
170 Fairfield 2,622 $71,580 $30,280
171 King Park 2,146 $45,840 $20,025
172 Park West 6,270 $51,536 $21,585
173 Clock Tower Acres 881 $50,467 $26,556
174 Garden Homes 3,016 $35,140 $27,673
175 Williamsburg 2,641 $71,980 $24,766
176 Hillside 1,622 $23,633 $18,505
177 North Division 6,023 $45,575 $22,031
178 Halyard Park 616 $70,650 $24,730
179 Metcalfe Park 2,673 $53,175 $22,064
180 Triangle North 1,563 $72,660 $24,584

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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