These Are The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Wisconsin For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Wisconsin have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2019.

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There’s a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Wisconsin:

Should I buy a place or rent?

Well, we aren’t here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you’ll do the right thing and a buy a place 😉

And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Wisconsin, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Badger State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Wisconsin that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the “deals”.

The best deal in Wisconsin at the moment? That would be Altoona according to our analysis.

Here’s a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Wisconsin for 2019:

  1. Altoona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. New Richmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Slinger (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Holmen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Menasha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Menasha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Menasha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Menasha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sturtevant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Ripon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

The methodology that wen’t into this can be a bit complicated, so we’ll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below.

If you’re not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Wisconsin and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Wisconsin.

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How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Wisconsin for 2019?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we’ve put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we’d approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Wisconsin. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Wisconsin with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2013-2017 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It’s still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still “cheap” for Wisconsin with the following caveats:

So of the 773 cities and towns in Wisconsin, only 147 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 147 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a “best place to buy” index with the place having the lowest index being the best.

Turns out that Altoona is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Badger State.

Read on for more on these places.

Altoona, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,350
Median Home Price: $155,900
Population Change: 2.2%
Home Price Change: 4.8%
More on Altoona: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The settlement of Altoona began in 1881 when the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway selected the site for a new terminal to replace the overcrowded existing terminal in Eau Claire. The railroad had originally planned to put the new terminal in Fall Creek, but the city of Eau Claire lobbied for a site closer to the existing one, and representatives from Eau Claire and the railroad walked the tracks from Fall Creek to Eau Claire to determine a suitable site. When the location of present-day Altoona – approximately three miles east of the existing Eau Claire terminal – was found to have sufficient flat land and access to water, the railroad began construction of the new terminal and the community of “East Eau Claire” was platted in October.

New Richmond, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,761
Median Home Price: $158,900
Population Change: 0.9%
Home Price Change: 7.5%
More on New Richmond: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Richmond was founded in 1857. In August 2007, the town celebrated its sesquicentennial. The town was named after Richmond Day, the land surveyor responsible for plotting the town. With it being the second town in Wisconsin to take the name Richmond, the name was altered to New Richmond.

Slinger, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,269
Median Home Price: $208,800
Population Change: 1.5%
Home Price Change: 9.3%
More on Slinger: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Originally named Schleisingerville after the founder, state senator Baruch Schleisinger Weil in 1857; it was renamed on May 3, 1921.

Holmen, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,693
Median Home Price: $175,800
Population Change: 1.9%
Home Price Change: 4.3%
More on Holmen: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Holmen was settled by Norwegian immigrants in 1862. It was incorporated as a village on May 7, 1946.

Menasha, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,945
Median Home Price: $125,600
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 5.5%
More on Menasha: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Menasha, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,945
Median Home Price: $125,600
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 5.5%
More on Menasha: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Menasha, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,945
Median Home Price: $125,600
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 5.5%
More on Menasha: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Menasha, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,945
Median Home Price: $125,600
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 5.5%
More on Menasha: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sturtevant, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,977
Median Home Price: $142,200
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: 7.6%
More on Sturtevant: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sturtevant was originally known as Parkersville, after the Parker family, early settlers in the area. Other former names for Sturtevant are Western Union Junction and Corliss. The name Corliss referred to the Brown Corliss Engine Company of Milwaukee. The name Sturtevant was selected in 1923, when the Massachusetts-based B. F. Sturtevant Company opened a plant.

Ripon, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,738
Median Home Price: $118,800
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 3.2%
More on Ripon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ripon was founded in 1849 by David P. Mapes, a former New York steamboat captain. Within two years the city had absorbed the nearby commune of Ceresco, established in 1844 by the Wisconsin Phalanx, a group of settlers inspired by the communitarian socialist philosophy of Charles Fourier. Mapes was a founder of Ripon College, originally incorporated as Brockway College in 1851.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Purchase A House In Wisconsin for 2019

There’s our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Wisconsin. And, to be clear, we aren’t necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 773 places in the state.

So if we’d could rent or buy in these cities, we’d definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Wisconsin

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Altoona 1 $155,900 2.2% 4.8%
New Richmond 2 $158,900 0.9% 7.5%
Slinger 3 $208,800 1.5% 9.3%
Holmen 4 $175,800 1.9% 4.3%
Menasha 5 $125,600 0.1% 5.5%
Menasha 6 $125,600 0.1% 5.5%
Menasha 7 $125,600 0.1% 5.5%
Menasha 8 $125,600 0.1% 5.5%
Sturtevant 9 $142,200 0.2% 7.6%
Ripon 10 $118,800 0.3% 3.2%
Jackson 11 $185,100 1.5% 4.3%
Deforest 12 $217,400 2.1% 5.0%
Sun Prairie 13 $216,800 1.2% 5.1%
Plymouth 14 $143,500 0.3% 4.3%
Rhinelander 15 $92,300 -0.7% 6.2%
Rice Lake 16 $120,000 -0.5% 6.7%
Oregon 17 $238,800 1.2% 5.2%
Sparta 18 $115,300 -0.4% 4.6%
Suamico 19 $228,100 1.9% 3.5%
Verona 20 $285,100 2.9% 4.4%
Little Chute 21 $141,900 1.8% 1.0%
Richland Center 22 $101,000 -0.5% 3.8%
Middleton 23 $309,900 1.3% 5.7%
Kimberly 24 $142,100 0.6% 2.4%
Mukwonago 25 $226,700 1.3% 3.4%
Fitchburg 26 $287,200 2.4% 4.0%
Platteville 27 $151,000 1.4% 1.3%
Monona 28 $246,400 0.9% 5.8%
Howard 29 $189,800 0.9% 3.1%
North Fond Du Lac 30 $90,000 1.0% -2.3%
West Salem 31 $170,700 1.2% 2.1%
Lake Hallie 32 $169,900 1.0% 2.2%
New London 33 $127,200 -1.2% 11.4%
Lake Mills 34 $176,000 0.3% 4.0%
Elkhorn 35 $168,500 -0.0% 5.5%
Waunakee 36 $312,900 1.5% 4.1%
Kronenwetter 37 $167,900 1.0% 1.8%
Tomah 38 $120,900 -0.4% 3.3%
Wisconsin Rapids 39 $86,800 -0.5% 2.6%
Delafield 40 $364,600 1.1% 5.3%
Madison 41 $223,300 1.1% 2.9%
Madison 42 $223,300 1.1% 2.9%
Madison 43 $223,300 1.1% 2.9%
Madison 44 $223,300 1.1% 2.9%
Evansville 45 $165,100 0.9% 1.8%
Brown Deer 46 $151,200 0.0% 3.8%
Appleton 47 $140,000 0.5% 1.6%
Plover 48 $169,700 1.2% 1.4%
Marinette 49 $83,700 -1.0% 3.1%
Janesville 50 $131,600 0.1% 1.8%
Hobart 51 $240,000 5.1% 2.2%
Stevens Point 52 $129,200 -0.7% 4.7%
Reedsburg 53 $132,600 -0.4% 3.4%
Stoughton 54 $191,200 0.1% 4.8%
Portage 55 $118,900 0.6% -0.3%
Grafton 56 $212,200 0.1% 5.5%
Shorewood 57 $330,800 0.5% 7.2%
Oak Creek 58 $214,200 1.1% 2.1%
Oshkosh 59 $118,800 -0.1% 1.6%
Menomonee Falls 60 $235,300 0.8% 3.1%
Ashwaubenon 61 $156,900 -0.1% 3.5%
Eau Claire 62 $143,200 0.4% 1.3%
St. Francis 63 $149,000 0.2% 1.8%
Baraboo 64 $144,800 -0.1% 2.9%
Sheboygan Falls 65 $139,900 0.7% 0.0%
Mequon 66 $374,300 0.5% 5.6%
De Pere 67 $170,200 0.6% 1.7%
Cottage Grove 68 $263,900 1.0% 2.5%
Chippewa Falls 69 $119,600 -0.1% 1.5%
Milwaukee 70 $115,800 0.1% 0.3%
Pewaukee 71 $284,700 1.0% 2.7%
Milton 72 $136,000 -0.1% 2.0%
Green Bay 73 $127,300 -0.1% 1.8%
Mount Pleasant 74 $184,600 0.2% 2.5%
Oconomowoc 75 $245,000 1.0% 2.3%
River Falls 76 $177,500 0.7% 1.7%
Beaver Dam 77 $124,300 -0.6% 2.5%
Hudson 78 $231,500 0.7% 2.5%
Weston 79 $146,800 0.5% 0.3%
Monroe 80 $128,100 -0.8% 2.7%
Kaukauna 81 $138,300 0.6% -0.4%
Wauwatosa 82 $227,200 0.6% 2.4%
Beloit 83 $85,200 -0.2% 0.2%
Delavan 84 $144,400 -0.3% 2.7%
Onalaska 85 $172,600 0.3% 1.8%
Jefferson 86 $146,400 -0.0% 1.7%
Hartford 87 $173,800 1.4% -0.3%
Pleasant Prairie 88 $206,800 0.8% 1.4%
Germa 89 $244,000 0.1% 3.7%
Neenah 90 $135,800 -0.1% 1.2%
Burlington 91 $170,900 0.8% 0.3%
Hartland 92 $275,100 0.3% 3.2%
Cedarburg 93 $281,500 -0.1% 9.0%
Waterford 94 $194,500 0.9% 0.4%
Wausau 95 $114,000 -0.5% 1.2%
Bellevue 96 $172,100 1.2% -3.2%
Sussex 97 $265,500 0.4% 2.5%
Twin Lakes 98 $177,100 -0.3% 3.1%
Superior 99 $117,400 -0.8% 1.2%
South Milwaukee 100 $156,400 -0.1% 1.4%

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