When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Wisconsin.
But where exactly in Wisconsin? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Wisconsin that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Sturtevant don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Badger State to retire:
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Badger State
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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 115 places from across the state.
For these 115, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 115, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Sturtevant, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 6,981Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 988
Sturtevant ranked 1 overall thanks to its 20 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.
2. Richland Center
Population: 5,128Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 128 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,014
Richland Center ranked 2 overall thanks to its 20 place rank for cost of living and 15 place safety rank.
Population: 78,347Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,871
Racine ranked 3 overall thanks to its 5 place rank for cost of living and 106 place safety rank.
Population: 11,336Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,146
Waupun ranked 4 overall thanks to its 26 place rank for cost of living and 17 place safety rank.
Population: 17,535Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,372
Menasha ranked 5 overall thanks to its 30 place rank for cost of living and 67 place safety rank.
6. Whitefish Bay
Population: 14,132Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,287
Whitefish Bay ranked 6 overall thanks to its 111 place rank for cost of living and 28 place safety rank.
Population: 15,649Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,361
Kaukauna ranked 7 overall thanks to its 53 place rank for cost of living and 32 place safety rank.
Population: 25,697Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,004
Neenah ranked 8 overall thanks to its 42 place rank for cost of living and 50 place safety rank.
Population: 12,893Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,678
Glendale ranked 9 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 114 place safety rank.
10. St. Francis
Population: 9,488Cost Of Living: 97
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,318
St. Francis ranked 10 overall thanks to its 58 place rank for cost of living and 65 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Wisconsin goes to Sturtevant.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Lake Hallie
For more Wisconsin reading , check out:
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- These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Wisconsin
Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin
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