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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
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.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin For 2020
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 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 is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States, North America. The population was 18,267 at the 2010 census.
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 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.
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 is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,132 at the 2010 census.
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 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.
- 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:
- Eau Claire
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