Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin For 2020


We analyzed over 75 places in Wisconsin to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Wisconsin.

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If you live in Wisconsin and need to think about retirement now, don't waste another minute, read this.

Yes, if ice fishing just off of La Crosse's Goose Island and cheering on the Green Bay Packers with other loyal Cheeseheads is on your bucket list, then look no further than HomeSnacks' list of the best places to retire in Wisconsin for 2020. You'll be happy that you did.

But first, how did we determine the best places to retire in the Badger State? Well, we know that when people are searching for the best places to retire, they are also looking for things like convenience, affordable healthcare, and an economy that protects their bottom line. So, to identify Wisconsin's top ten, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 75 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, amenities, rent and distance to closest national airport for every place with over 10,000 residents.

And if you guessed that most of Wisconsin's best places to retire are centered around the state's biggest cities like Milwaukee and Kenosha, you guessed right. Many of the state's retirees want to live in urban areas where they don't have to drive and they don't have to mow a lawn.

So, want to know where Wisconsin's best places to retire are located? Keep reading

Why did Two Rivers take the top spot? And where are Milwaukee and Madison?

When you choose to live in one of Wisconsin's best places to retire, you are choosing to live where your dollar will go the furthest, where you will have the most fun, and where your safety is a priority. Yes, it's not lost on us that many of Wisconsin's best places to retire are also the state's safest.

So, where is the best place to retire in Wisconsin? According to the latest data, Two Rivers is the best place to retire in Wisconsin for 2020.

To see how your favorite places in Wisconsin compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

For more Wisconsin state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin For 2020

Two Rivers, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,219
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $642
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Two Rivers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Two Rivers is a city in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 11,712 at the 2010 census. It is the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. The city's advertising slogan is "Catch our friendly waves" as it is located along Lake Michigan.

Cedarburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,501
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $840
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Cedarburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cedarburg is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located about 20 miles north of Milwaukee and near the shores of Lake Michigan. The city is bordered by the village of Grafton to the east and the Town of Cedarburg elsewhere. The population was 11,412 at the 2010 census.

Cudahy, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,349
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $802
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
More on Cudahy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cudahy is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States, North America. The population was 18,267 at the 2010 census.

Marinette, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,678
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $717
Distance to Closest Airport: 48 miles
More on Marinette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marinette is a city in and the county seat of Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the south bank of the Menominee River, at its mouth at Green Bay, part of Lake Michigan; to the north is Stephenson Island, part of the city preserved as park. During the lumbering boom of the late 19th century, Marinette became the tenth-largest city in Wisconsin in 1900, with its peak population of 16,195.

Manitowoc, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 32,798
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $645
Distance to Closest Airport: 34 miles
More on Manitowoc: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manitowoc is a city in and the county seat of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States. The city is located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manitowoc River. According to the 2010 census, Manitowoc had a population of 33,736, with over 50,000 residents in the surrounding communities. The city's sister city is Kamogawa, Japan.

Monroe, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,636
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $734
Distance to Closest Airport: 91 miles
More on Monroe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waupun, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,296
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $700
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
More on Waupun: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waupun is a city in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 11,340 at the 2010 census. Of this, 7,864 were in Dodge County, and 3,476 were in Fond du Lac County. In Fond du Lac County, the Town of Waupun abuts the city of Waupun.

Mequon, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,984
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $1,321
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Mequon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mequon is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,132 at the 2010 census.

Hartford, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,761
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $806
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Hartford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hartford is a city in Washington and Dodge counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,223. All of this population resided in the Washington County portion of the city.

Burlington, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,758
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $905
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Burlington is a city in Racine and Walworth counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, with the majority of the city located in Racine County. The population of the portion of the city inside Racine County was 10,464 as of the 2010 census.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Badger State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Wisconsin to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Badger State -- 773 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 75 places from across the state.

For these 75, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 75, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Two Rivers, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Wisconsin Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Wisconsin goes to Two Rivers.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Madison
  2. Fitchburg
  3. Eau Claire

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Two Rivers 11,219 $642
2 Cedarburg 11,501 $840
3 Cudahy 18,349 $802
4 Marinette 10,678 $717
5 Manitowoc 32,798 $645
6 Monroe 10,636 $734
7 Waupun 11,296 $700
8 Mequon 23,984 $1,321
9 Hartford 14,761 $806
10 Burlington 10,758 $905

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.