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 Shorewood don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Badger State to retire:
- Shorewood (Photos)
- Greenfield (Photos)
- Sturtevant (Photos)
- West Allis (Photos)
- Milwaukee (Photos)
- Green Bay (Photos)
- St. Francis (Photos)
- Racine (Photos)
- Waupun (Photos)
- Menasha (Photos)
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 Shorewood, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 13,300Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,105
Shorewood ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 36th place rank for cost of living and it’s 55th place safety rank.
Population: 37,070Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,732
Greenfield ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 11th place rank for cost of living and it’s 81st place safety rank.
Population: 6,961Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 991
Sturtevant ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 20th place rank for cost of living and it’s 14th place safety rank.
4. West Allis
Population: 60,543Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,847
West Allis ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 110th place safety rank.
Population: 598,672Cost Of Living: 85
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,073
Milwaukee ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 113th place safety rank.
6. Green Bay
Population: 104,951Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,696
Green Bay ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 20th place rank for cost of living and it’s 76th place safety rank.
7. St. Francis
Population: 9,516Cost Of Living: 97
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,311
St. Francis ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 58th place rank for cost of living and it’s 66th place safety rank.
Population: 77,931Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,891
Racine ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 5th place rank for cost of living and it’s 106th place safety rank.
Population: 11,337Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,146
Waupun ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 26th place rank for cost of living and it’s 17th place safety rank.
Population: 17,930Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,320
Menasha ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 30th place rank for cost of living and it’s 67th 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 Shorewood.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Lake Hallie
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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin
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