These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Wisconsin


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Wisconsin are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Wisconsin, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Badger State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Wisconsin based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Wisconsin ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Wisconsin (in which to live):

  1. Hewitt
  2. Park Ridge
  3. Elkhart Lake
  4. Plain
  5. Elmwood Park
  6. Arlington
  7. Blue Mounds
  8. Whitelaw
  9. Oconomowoc Lake
  10. Lac La Belle

If you live in one of these small towns like Hewitt, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Wisconsin.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Wisconsin

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 220 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 220, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Wisconsin. Top of that list — Hewitt.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Wisconsin.

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1. Hewitt


Population 2014: 949
Median Income: $77,857
Median Home Price: $147,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,091

2. Park Ridge


Population 2014: 491
Median Income: $63,462
Median Home Price: $170,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,759

3. Elkhart Lake


Population 2014: 1,001
Median Income: $54,659
Median Home Price: $185,600
Crime Per 100k: 1,250

4. Plain


Population 2014: 829
Median Income: $65,000
Median Home Price: $161,600
Crime Per 100k: 1,590

5. Elmwood Park


Population 2014: 517
Median Income: $78,125
Median Home Price: $214,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,547

6. Arlington


Population 2014: 780
Median Income: $73,594
Median Home Price: $186,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,778

7. Blue Mounds


Population 2014: 824
Median Income: $56,591
Median Home Price: $162,100
Crime Per 100k: 1,672

8. Whitelaw


Population 2014: 672
Median Income: $59,271
Median Home Price: $125,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,292

9. Oconomowoc Lake


Population 2014: 574
Median Income: $105,000
Median Home Price: $810,300
Crime Per 100k: 805

10. Lac La Belle


Population 2014: 264
Median Income: $144,375
Median Home Price: $913,000
Crime Per 100k: 805

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in Wisconsin are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Wisconsin:

  1. Fairchild
  2. Elderon
  3. Aniwa

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Wisconsin

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Hewitt 1 949 $77,857 $147,600 2,091
Park Ridge 2 491 $63,462 $170,500 1,759
Elkhart Lake 3 1,001 $54,659 $185,600 1,250
Plain 4 829 $65,000 $161,600 1,590
Elmwood Park 5 517 $78,125 $214,500 1,547
Arlington 6 780 $73,594 $186,500 1,778
Blue Mounds 7 824 $56,591 $162,100 1,672
Whitelaw 8 672 $59,271 $125,600 2,292
Oconomowoc Lake 9 574 $105,000 $810,300 805
Lac La Belle 10 264 $144,375 $913,000 805
Montfort 11 609 $59,750 $118,200 2,413
Brownsville 12 597 $64,615 $168,300 2,105
Coon Valley 13 816 $54,500 $120,400 2,406
Merrimac 14 453 $51,250 $167,200 1,939
Chenequa 15 708 $174,583 $2,050,000 833
Rockdale 16 177 $58,125 $185,200 1,700
Francis Creek 17 570 $56,875 $128,800 2,204
Brandon 18 879 $51,750 $115,500 326
Glenbeulah 19 473 $55,000 $120,100 2,335
Tennyson 20 391 $46,667 $123,800 2,375
Blanchardville 21 731 $47,625 $112,900 2,309
Wilson 22 340 $68,333 $207,000 1,986
Amherst Junction 23 344 $66,500 $160,700 2,081
Casco 24 563 $41,389 $133,900 2,391
Cascade 25 608 $52,000 $140,200 2,183
Fremont 26 728 $46,818 $137,000 2,296
Stockbridge 27 766 $59,750 $149,500 2,044
Rockland 28 722 $50,000 $126,500 2,478
Ephraim 29 240 $55,938 $295,800 805
Kekoskee 30 149 $51,250 $130,600 2,244
Neosho 31 540 $56,458 $162,200 2,118
Hollandale 32 305 $48,194 $122,200 2,558
Mount Calvary 33 653 $59,375 $148,100 2,268
Rudolph 34 514 $59,063 $112,500 2,438
Highland 35 972 $48,571 $126,300 941
Waldo 36 540 $51,625 $150,000 2,407
Belmont 37 943 $43,000 $103,300 2,604
Egg Harbor 38 308 $40,000 $351,700 805
Iron Ridge 39 888 $52,875 $140,400 1,213
Auburndale 40 589 $62,500 $117,500 2,423
Nelsonville 41 184 $54,063 $142,900 2,497
Hatley 42 562 $62,188 $133,300 2,228
Pigeon Falls 43 385 $60,000 $97,900 2,477
Cobb 44 455 $42,500 $113,800 2,591
Benton 45 983 $49,083 $95,800 2,609
Stoddard 46 671 $43,750 $119,700 2,382
Plum City 47 570 $48,462 $113,900 2,594
Genoa 48 233 $50,909 $131,300 2,383
Loganville 49 296 $49,750 $123,700 2,398
Vesper 50 662 $53,203 $97,500 2,624
Ferryville 51 171 $46,058 $160,400 1,936
Arena 52 807 $55,893 $130,500 2,389
Cochrane 53 461 $46,875 $116,000 2,582
Wyocena 54 731 $49,167 $169,400 2,077
Dresser 55 820 $42,829 $126,100 2,474
Poplar 56 719 $57,857 $170,500 2,139
Embarrass 57 533 $40,833 $119,000 2,480
Fairwater 58 450 $53,846 $95,400 2,658
Alma Center 59 495 $53,333 $107,900 2,533
Sister Bay 60 674 $38,056 $220,700 1,617
Scandinavia 61 370 $45,000 $112,100 2,429
Star Prairie 62 736 $56,000 $152,600 2,217
Strum 63 1,039 $42,805 $117,300 175
North Freedom 64 719 $52,083 $108,800 2,658
Sullivan 65 846 $43,375 $181,400 2,035
Warrens 66 366 $49,583 $119,100 2,248
Argyle 67 879 $45,125 $104,700 3,257
Potosi 68 704 $52,500 $117,400 2,457
Fenwood 69 175 $55,625 $103,300 2,426
Forestville 70 820 $17,351 $119,700 2,804
Brokaw 71 249 $41,161 $191,700 2,027
Maribel 72 338 $55,000 $106,800 2,531
Elk Mound 73 893 $43,580 $119,300 573
Endeavor 74 421 $55,568 $116,900 1,080
Shiocton 75 893 $42,917 $113,500 983
Adell 76 425 $39,583 $145,700 2,234
Haugen 77 278 $46,250 $94,300 2,748
Ridgeway 78 536 $44,605 $126,400 2,412
Friesland 79 362 $48,438 $123,500 2,488
Bloomington 80 818 $39,000 $92,500 2,738
Deer Park 81 203 $45,417 $125,000 2,488
Pepin 82 851 $39,500 $143,200 3,585
Hixton 83 486 $50,250 $100,800 2,415
Oliver 84 328 $53,125 $136,900 1,909
Linden 85 563 $55,147 $87,900 2,668
Cassville 86 846 $40,417 $87,000 2,688
Solon Springs 87 632 $36,477 $112,300 2,542
Eleva 88 669 $41,154 $95,900 291
Potter 89 198 $55,500 $114,600 2,404
Lowell 90 340 $50,625 $114,300 2,567
Rock Springs 91 364 $45,893 $107,200 2,569
Livingston 92 651 $48,304 $98,300 2,699
Footville 93 722 $45,060 $115,900 2,497
Bayfield 94 622 $33,672 $219,600 5,749
Biron 95 919 $49,167 $99,000 2,435
Eden 96 758 $43,077 $88,300 2,760
Birnamwood 97 905 $49,018 $96,000 2,673
Boyd 98 580 $53,229 $86,300 2,600
De Soto 99 306 $42,750 $103,000 2,467
Superior 100 27,095 $41,144 $117,400 6,778

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