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:
- Fox Point
- Elm Grove (Photos)
- Whitefish Bay (Photos)
- Waunakee (Photos)
- Mequon (Photos)
- McFarland (Photos)
- Oregon (Photos)
- Verona (Photos)
- 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.
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 63, 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.
1. Fox Point
Median Income: $113,854
Median Home Price: $309,000
Fox Point is located 7 miles north of Milwaukee.
2. Elm Grove
Median Income: $119,512
Median Home Price: $355,000
Elm Grove is located 6 miles west of Milwaukee.
Median Income: $105,156
Median Home Price: $350,700
Whitefish Bay is located 4 miles east of Milwaukee.
Median Income: $93,132
Median Home Price: $300,600
Waunakee is located 6 miles north of Madison.
Median Income: $104,691
Median Home Price: $354,300
Mequon is located 10 miles north of Milwaukee.
Median Income: $78,009
Median Home Price: $243,000
Mcfarland is located 8 miles east of Madison.
Median Income: $76,480
Median Home Price: $226,900
Oregon is located 11 miles south of Madison.
Median Income: $89,965
Median Home Price: $273,200
Verona is located 8 miles west of Madison.
Median Income: $82,383
Median Home Price: $271,400
Muskego is located 15 miles south of Milwaukee.
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:
- New Richmond
For more Wisconsin reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Wisconsin
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin
- 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Wisconsin
Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Wisconsin