These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Wisconsin For 2018


We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Wisconsin for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Wisconsin? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Madison, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Wisconsin suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Badger State:

  1. Fox Point (Photos)
  2. Elm Grove (Photos)
  3. Whitefish Bay (Photos)
  4. Waunakee (Photos)
  5. Mequon (Photos)
  6. McFarland (Photos)
  7. Oregon (Photos)
  8. Verona (Photos)
  9. Muskego (Photos)
  10. Brookfield (Photos)

Fox Point is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Wisconsin.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Wisconsin, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Wisconsin and the best places to raise a family in Wisconsin.

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How do you determine which suburb is the best in Wisconsin anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Wisconsin, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a “best city” and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Badger State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Wisconsin, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Wisconsin across a number of criteria from one to 62, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Wisconsin”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Wisconsin

Read on to see why Fox Point is the ‘burb with the most, while New Richmond is probably not the best place to live in Wisconsin.

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1. Fox Point

Fox Point, Wi

Population: 6,695
Median Income: $113,854
Median Home Price: $309,000
Fox Point is located 7 miles north of Milwaukee.

2. Elm Grove

Elm Grove, Wi

Population: 6,085
Median Income: $119,512
Median Home Price: $355,000
Elm Grove is located 6 miles west of Milwaukee.

3. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wi

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,088
Median Income: $105,156
Median Home Price: $350,700
Whitefish Bay is located 4 miles east of Milwaukee.

4. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wi

Population: 13,092
Median Income: $93,132
Median Home Price: $300,600
Waunakee is located 6 miles north of Madison.

5. Mequon

Mequon, Wi

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,663
Median Income: $104,691
Median Home Price: $354,300
Mequon is located 10 miles north of Milwaukee.

6. Mcfarland

Mcfarland, Wi

Population: 8,168
Median Income: $78,009
Median Home Price: $243,000
Mcfarland is located 8 miles east of Madison.

7. Oregon

Oregon, Wi

Population: 9,912
Median Income: $76,480
Median Home Price: $226,900
Oregon is located 11 miles south of Madison.

8. Verona

Verona, Wi

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,113
Median Income: $89,965
Median Home Price: $273,200
Verona is located 8 miles west of Madison.

9. Muskego

Muskego, Wi

Population: 24,650
Median Income: $82,383
Median Home Price: $271,400
Muskego is located 15 miles south of Milwaukee.

10. Brookfield

Brookfield, Wi

Population: 37,991
Median Income: $95,956
Median Home Price: $287,500
Brookfield is located 7 miles west of Milwaukee.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Wisconsin

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Wisconsin according to the data:

  1. New Richmond
  2. Racine
  3. Baraboo

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Wisconsin

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Fox Point 1 6,695 $113,854 $309,000
Elm Grove 2 6,085 $119,512 $355,000
Whitefish Bay 3 14,088 $105,156 $350,700
Waunakee 4 13,092 $93,132 $300,600
Mequon 5 23,663 $104,691 $354,300
Mcfarland 6 8,168 $78,009 $243,000
Oregon 7 9,912 $76,480 $226,900
Verona 8 12,113 $89,965 $273,200
Muskego 9 24,650 $82,383 $271,400
Brookfield 10 37,991 $95,956 $287,500
Menomonee Falls 11 36,118 $74,266 $228,300
Sussex 12 10,716 $81,160 $259,100
Cedarburg 13 11,516 $79,266 $258,200
Middleton 14 18,707 $67,729 $293,100
Hales Corners 15 7,720 $66,274 $218,700
New Berlin 16 39,807 $77,795 $235,300
Hartland 17 9,195 $68,364 $266,500
Pewaukee 18 8,225 $57,321 $191,800
Wauwatosa 19 47,388 $70,632 $221,800
Grafton 20 11,563 $66,436 $201,100
Oconomowoc 21 16,289 $73,500 $239,400
Mount Horeb 22 7,389 $67,793 $235,300
Cottage Grove 23 6,729 $87,386 $257,400
Deforest 24 9,468 $72,373 $207,100
Shorewood 25 13,300 $63,918 $308,600
Richfield 26 11,483 $97,212 $295,600
Delafield 27 7,218 $80,714 $346,200
Monona 28 7,919 $56,481 $232,800
Sun Prairie 29 31,721 $65,203 $206,200
Slinger 30 5,190 $73,302 $191,100
Franklin 31 36,155 $73,590 $224,800
Columbus 32 5,004 $60,000 $153,400
Port Washington 33 11,531 $66,296 $182,800
Hudson 34 13,367 $65,182 $225,900
Greendale 35 14,303 $64,338 $200,300
Sturtevant 36 6,961 $63,196 $132,100
Jackson 37 6,839 $56,444 $177,400
Glendale 38 12,880 $65,120 $207,200
Oak Creek 39 35,218 $67,845 $209,800
Waterford 40 5,344 $71,895 $193,700
Mukwonago 41 7,549 $64,011 $219,200
Waukesha 42 72,016 $59,866 $192,400
Caledonia 43 24,767 $69,500 $191,200
Evansville 44 5,176 $56,198 $162,200
River Falls 45 15,152 $52,598 $174,600
Stoughton 46 13,041 $60,990 $182,400
Mount Pleasant 47 26,237 $63,799 $180,100
Lake Mills 48 5,796 $60,302 $169,200
Brown Deer 49 12,075 $58,472 $145,700
Hartford 50 14,350 $55,169 $174,400
Burlington 51 10,571 $53,861 $170,400
Fitchburg 52 27,254 $65,735 $276,200
West Bend 53 31,661 $56,003 $163,800
St. Francis 54 9,516 $43,065 $146,300
Greenfield 55 37,070 $52,075 $170,600
Edgerton 56 5,494 $52,054 $142,200
South Milwaukee 57 21,197 $52,418 $154,300
West Allis 58 60,543 $46,524 $140,200
Cudahy 59 18,321 $46,973 $150,400
Baraboo 60 12,097 $42,311 $140,700
Racine 61 77,931 $41,178 $106,400
New Richmond 62 8,687 $56,422 $147,800

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