These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin


We analyzed over 115 places in Wisconsin to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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:

  1. Sturtevant
  2. Richland Center
  3. Racine
  4. Waupun
  5. Menasha
  6. Whitefish Bay
  7. Kaukauna
  8. Neenah
  9. Glendale
  10. St. Francis

Why did Sturtevant take the top spot? And where are Milwaukee and Madison? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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.

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1. Sturtevant

Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,981
Cost 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

Richland Center, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,128
Cost 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.

3. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,347
Cost 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.

4. Waupun

Waupun, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,336
Cost 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.

5. Menasha

Menasha, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,535
Cost 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

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,132
Cost 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.

7. Kaukauna

Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,649
Cost 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.

8. Neenah

Neenah, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,697
Cost 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.

9. Glendale

Glendale, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,893
Cost 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

St. Francis, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,488
Cost 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
  • Fitchburg
  • Delafield

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Sturtevant 1 6,981 88 17 988
Richland Center 2 5,128 88 128 1,014
Racine 3 78,347 84 15 3,871
Waupun 4 11,336 89 63 1,146
Menasha 5 17,535 90 23 2,372
Whitefish Bay 6 14,132 123 11 1,287
Kaukauna 7 15,649 96 15 1,361
Neenah 8 25,697 93 27 2,004
Glendale 9 12,893 83 12 6,678
St. Francis 10 9,488 97 2 2,318
Jackson 11 6,773 102 29 428
Marshfield 12 18,514 91 101 1,890
Kenosha 13 99,709 93 25 2,706
Appleton 14 72,861 98 19 2,165
Waukesha 15 71,083 101 18 1,820
Greenfield 16 36,990 86 5 2,738
Reedsburg 17 9,411 95 113 1,817
Two Rivers 18 11,577 88 35 1,969
Oregon 19 9,629 112 17 799
South Milwaukee 20 21,210 98 2 2,432
Sparta 21 9,610 88 135 2,185
Holmen 22 9,335 104 114 1,146
La Crosse 23 51,864 93 122 3,131
Oshkosh 24 66,430 90 38 2,387
Port Washington 25 11,401 99 30 903
Cedarburg 26 11,485 117 24 905
Grafton 27 11,539 102 25 1,265
Ripon 28 7,699 87 56 1,246
Fort Atkinson 29 12,436 95 47 1,568
Prairie Du Chien 30 5,829 88 114 2,195
Elm Grove 31 5,985 129 11 935
Fox Point 32 6,695 123 14 1,314
Mayville 33 5,086 91 50 1,258
New London 34 7,091 87 30 2,157
Hartland 35 9,161 109 24 949
Manitowoc 36 33,443 86 34 2,999
Wauwatosa 37 46,838 107 10 3,426
Sheboygan 38 48,918 91 54 2,908
West Allis 39 60,595 82 7 4,843
Rhinelander 40 7,642 86 101 3,088
Shorewood 41 13,245 91 9 2,114
Wausau 42 39,209 84 81 2,165
Onalaska 43 18,148 100 121 2,248
Tomah 44 9,281 89 122 2,952
Beaver Dam 45 16,331 90 59 2,743
Fond Du Lac 46 43,007 88 51 3,125
Elkhorn 47 10,020 94 37 1,427
Sheboygan Falls 48 7,796 96 54 1,205
Green Bay 49 104,574 88 7 2,706
River Falls 50 15,050 105 29 2,106
Caledonia 51 24,689 100 10 1,288
Hartford 52 14,251 99 35 1,761
Milton 53 5,562 96 54 1,276
Marinette 54 10,890 84 48 2,975
Watertown 55 23,899 98 45 2,046
Brown Deer 56 12,067 100 16 4,516
Milwaukee 57 598,078 85 8 6,079
Whitewater 58 14,801 97 43 1,979
Beloit 59 36,876 85 63 3,761
Muskego 60 24,387 113 13 902
Menomonee Falls 61 35,828 105 18 1,258
Chippewa Falls 62 13,803 87 89 1,238
Hales Corners 63 7,749 103 7 1,651
Altoona 64 6,940 91 87 1,224
Oregon 65 9,629 112 75 799
Plymouth 66 8,408 98 51 1,665
West Bend 67 31,496 98 35 2,990
Stevens Point 68 26,778 90 70 2,188
Appleton 69 72,861 98 84 2,165
Sturgeon Bay 70 9,093 96 43 1,451
Mequon 71 23,300 119 19 669
Burlington 72 10,528 104 26 2,099
Oak Creek 73 34,823 89 4 2,917
Monroe 74 10,807 91 91 2,618
Twin Lakes 75 6,033 102 34 1,259
Greendale 76 14,208 100 5 3,617
Mount Pleasant 77 26,220 94 16 3,089
Eau Claire 78 67,036 91 84 2,740
Plover 79 12,195 97 69 1,435
Slinger 80 5,131 101 32 1,909
Brookfield 81 37,971 116 13 2,717
Waunakee 82 12,613 123 79 824
Janesville 83 63,674 93 59 3,514
Mcfarland 84 8,009 118 70 1,685
Cottage Grove 85 6,533 118 66 1,331
Hudson 86 13,023 108 24 3,678
Sun Prairie 87 30,601 110 69 2,519
Antigo 88 8,075 83 67 5,102
Berlin 89 5,451 88 53 3,137
Kronenwetter 90 7,330 99 75 627
Kronenwetter 91 7,330 99 75 627
Portage 92 10,227 100 89 762
Edgerton 93 5,478 97 59 2,464
Franklin 94 35,920 93 7 2,174
Platteville 95 11,480 98 88 2,351
Rothschild 96 5,279 87 77 2,481
Pleasant Prairie 97 20,015 108 29 2,043
Middleton 98 18,185 122 81 1,633
Delavan 99 8,467 97 43 3,472
Wisconsin Rapids 100 18,162 85 83 4,223
Mukwonago 101 7,426 109 22 2,531
Jefferson 102 7,968 98 46 3,325
Deforest 103 9,232 112 75 1,256
Baraboo 104 12,046 93 99 2,930
New Richmond 105 8,501 102 37 2,435
Madison 106 239,848 116 78 3,262
Menomonie 107 16,219 97 64 2,811
Verona 108 11,353 127 83 1,603
Waupaca 109 6,016 94 47 4,704
Ashland 110 8,167 89 65 4,799
Lake Geneva 111 7,693 102 36 3,756
Monona 112 7,711 112 72 8,987
Delafield 113 7,136 125 26 2,872
Fitchburg 114 26,050 117 77 1,869
Lake Hallie 115 6,550 96 88 3,725

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