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):
- Park Ridge
- Elkhart Lake
- Elmwood Park
- Blue Mounds
- Oconomowoc Lake
- 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.
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.
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
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
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
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:
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Wisconsin
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