These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Wisconsin For 2019


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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Wisconsin for 2019:

  1. Shorewood Hills (Homes For Sale)
  2. Maple Bluff (Homes For Sale)
  3. Bayside (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Merton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Cross Plains (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Wind Point (Homes For Sale)
  7. Okauchee Lake (Homes For Sale)
  8. Prairie du Sac (Homes For Sale)
  9. Howards Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Combined Locks (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Shorewood Hills, 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.

For more reading on the Badger State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Wisconsin

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 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)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 235 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 235, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Wisconsin. Top of that list — Shorewood Hills.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Wisconsin.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,105
Median Income: $125,000 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $627,300 (2nd Best)
More on Shorewood Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,441
Median Income: $146,875 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $491,500 (3rd Best)
More on Maple Bluff: Data | Homes For Sale

Bayside, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,450
Median Income: $99,125 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $341,200 (8th Best)
More on Bayside: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Merton, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,574
Median Income: $151,818 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $437,100 (4th Best)
More on Merton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Cross Plains, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,992
Median Income: $82,188 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $259,900 (13th Best)
More on Cross Plains: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,739
Median Income: $95,096 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $246,300 (16th Best)
More on Wind Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,399
Median Income: $106,276 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $357,400 (6th Best)
More on Okauchee Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,248
Median Income: $60,538 (86th Best)
Median Home Value: $200,700 (33rd Best)
More on Prairie Du Sac: Data | Homes For Sale

Howards Grove, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,251
Median Income: $74,739 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,300 (63rd Best)
More on Howards Grove: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Combined Locks, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,533
Median Income: $67,863 (46th Best)
Median Home Value: $160,600 (76th Best)
More on Combined Locks: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,956
Median Income: $59,277 (89th Best)
Median Home Value: $152,700 (88th Best)
More on Oostburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,109
Median Income: $54,750 (110th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,700 (60th Best)
More on Elkhart Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Kohler, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,236
Median Income: $82,625 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $242,200 (18th Best)
More on Kohler: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,558
Median Income: $156,944 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $632,400 (1st Best)
More on River Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,052
Median Income: $68,301 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $179,300 (52nd Best)
More on Lodi: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,182
Median Income: $62,083 (74th Best)
Median Home Value: $215,100 (25th Best)
More on Thiensville: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,382
Median Income: $76,276 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $172,600 (57th Best)
More on Wright: Data | Homes For Sale

Sauk City, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,460
Median Income: $62,500 (72nd Best)
Median Home Value: $188,100 (44th Best)
More on Sauk City: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,818
Median Income: $105,365 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $371,000 (5th Best)
More on Summit: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,174
Median Income: $71,974 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $209,900 (27th Best)
More on Potter Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Centuria
  2. Little Round Lake
  3. Keshena

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Wisconsin

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Shorewood Hills 2,105 $125,000.0 $627,300.0
2 Maple Bluff 1,441 $146,875.0 $491,500.0
3 Bayside 4,450 $99,125.0 $341,200.0
4 Merton 3,574 $151,818.0 $437,100.0
5 Cross Plains 3,992 $82,188.0 $259,900.0
6 Wind Point 1,739 $95,096.0 $246,300.0
7 Okauchee Lake 4,399 $106,276.0 $357,400.0
8 Prairie Du Sac 4,248 $60,538.0 $200,700.0
9 Howards Grove 3,251 $74,739.0 $167,300.0
10 Combined Locks 3,533 $67,863.0 $160,600.0
11 Oostburg 2,956 $59,277.0 $152,700.0
12 Elkhart Lake 1,109 $54,750.0 $170,700.0
13 Kohler 2,236 $82,625.0 $242,200.0
14 River Hills 1,558 $156,944.0 $632,400.0
15 Lodi 3,052 $68,301.0 $179,300.0
16 Thiensville 3,182 $62,083.0 $215,100.0
17 Wright 3,382 $76,276.0 $172,600.0
18 Sauk City 3,460 $62,500.0 $188,100.0
19 Summit 4,818 $105,365.0 $371,000.0
20 Potter Lake 1,174 $71,974.0 $209,900.0
21 Sherwood 2,869 $98,281.0 $223,100.0
22 Brooklyn 1,331 $80,461.0 $169,100.0
23 Lake Wissota 2,799 $68,841.0 $204,900.0
24 North Prairie 2,325 $92,552.0 $246,300.0
25 Johnson Creek 2,931 $75,625.0 $189,100.0
26 Lake Wazeecha 2,466 $67,243.0 $138,700.0
27 Wales 2,558 $97,543.0 $282,700.0
28 Dane 1,020 $77,125.0 $199,700.0
29 Lake Ripley 1,642 $80,147.0 $252,800.0
30 Black Earth 1,363 $60,188.0 $189,800.0
31 Prescott 4,234 $75,391.0 $181,900.0
32 North Hudson 3,806 $64,320.0 $228,200.0
33 Barneveld 1,311 $79,583.0 $176,400.0
34 Nashotah 1,305 $99,167.0 $355,200.0
35 Kewaskum 4,098 $63,000.0 $167,200.0
36 Dousman 2,452 $62,594.0 $235,300.0
37 St. Peter 1,430 $77,868.0 $210,600.0
38 Cambridge 1,227 $67,440.0 $188,000.0
39 Kiel 3,767 $58,375.0 $123,500.0
40 Browns Lake 2,223 $81,995.0 $193,500.0
41 Luxemburg 2,559 $63,772.0 $158,900.0
42 New Glarus 2,002 $59,223.0 $161,700.0
43 Oakfield 1,039 $58,929.0 $161,500.0
44 Mineral Point 2,575 $50,594.0 $164,800.0
45 French Island 4,370 $63,879.0 $158,600.0
46 Belleville 2,314 $72,273.0 $180,400.0
47 Deerfield 2,492 $75,625.0 $192,900.0
48 Belgium 2,158 $75,761.0 $183,000.0
49 Fall River 1,672 $65,208.0 $166,500.0
50 Cedar Grove 2,155 $57,596.0 $153,900.0
51 Cuba City 2,077 $51,667.0 $123,700.0
52 Brillion 3,149 $66,314.0 $131,200.0
53 Spring Green 1,659 $61,101.0 $170,100.0
54 Ixonia 1,931 $68,819.0 $219,600.0
55 Trempealeau 1,849 $53,413.0 $150,500.0
56 Ashippun 1,030 $76,250.0 $188,800.0
57 Williams Bay 2,596 $63,032.0 $259,400.0
58 Hortonville 2,738 $65,481.0 $150,800.0
59 Big Bend 1,251 $76,625.0 $205,600.0
60 Winneconne 2,561 $61,091.0 $148,700.0
61 Eagle Lake 1,149 $79,531.0 $166,800.0
62 Baldwin 3,968 $57,134.0 $155,200.0
63 New Holstein 3,167 $52,690.0 $110,700.0
64 East Troy 4,321 $59,030.0 $190,500.0
65 Poynette 2,394 $71,705.0 $170,800.0
66 Newburg 1,230 $61,875.0 $186,700.0
67 Lake Wisconsin 4,363 $75,000.0 $279,800.0
68 Denmark 2,066 $54,871.0 $139,100.0
69 Campbellsport 1,846 $49,408.0 $154,000.0
70 Lancaster 3,771 $44,866.0 $126,500.0
71 Fennimore 2,587 $53,603.0 $99,500.0
72 Fredonia 2,264 $74,883.0 $191,300.0
73 Marathon City 1,362 $58,516.0 $142,300.0
74 Brice Prairie 2,045 $76,250.0 $163,500.0
75 Random Lake 1,547 $64,394.0 $162,800.0
76 Hazel Green 1,065 $61,250.0 $123,200.0
77 Belmont 1,011 $53,125.0 $127,600.0
78 Bristol 4,970 $66,788.0 $232,200.0
79 Dickeyville 1,205 $54,926.0 $139,900.0
80 Cleveland 1,604 $64,375.0 $128,500.0
81 Silver Lake 2,566 $61,473.0 $193,800.0
82 Bangor 1,273 $57,500.0 $136,600.0
83 Saukville 4,460 $54,665.0 $177,400.0
84 Seymour 1,614 $58,269.0 $166,100.0
85 Delavan Lake 2,467 $64,427.0 $205,900.0
86 Tainter Lake 2,638 $74,583.0 $187,400.0
87 Chilton 3,873 $49,031.0 $129,300.0
88 Whiting 1,588 $49,609.0 $145,200.0
89 Monticello 1,154 $53,594.0 $133,600.0
90 Waterloo 3,345 $74,045.0 $140,700.0
91 Dodgeville 4,761 $56,771.0 $151,600.0
92 Amery 2,833 $39,446.0 $130,300.0
93 Westby 2,314 $48,110.0 $113,000.0
94 Eagle 1,930 $77,069.0 $207,900.0
95 Clinton 2,243 $65,526.0 $123,300.0
96 Seymour 3,448 $45,208.0 $141,000.0
97 Mosinee 4,011 $63,973.0 $117,500.0
98 Bohners Lake 2,094 $57,277.0 $163,100.0
99 Como 2,479 $65,500.0 $170,800.0
100 Theresa 1,014 $52,625.0 $117,500.0

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