These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Wisconsin go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Wisconsin definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Wisconsin where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Badger State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 137 largest places in Wisconsin, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Wisconsin for 2018:

  1. Antigo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Merrill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Wisconsin Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Rhinelander (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sparta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Wausau (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Stevens Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Marshfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tomah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Rothschild (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Waunakee (the most expensive place in Wisconsin) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Wisconsin and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Badger State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Wisconsin
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Wisconsin to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 137 places in Wisconsin that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Antigo, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,189
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 49
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Antigo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Antigo is a city in and the county seat of Langlade County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,234 at the 2010 census. Antigo is the center of a farming and lumbering district, and its manufactures consist principally of lumber, chairs, furniture, sashes, doors and blinds, hubs and spokes, and other wood products.

Merrill, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,638
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 53
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Merrill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Merrill is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located to the south of and adjacent to the Town of Merrill. The population was 9,661, according to the 2010 census. Merrill is part of the United States Census Bureau’s Merrill MSA, which includes all of Lincoln County. Together with the Wausau MSA, which includes all of Marathon County, it forms the Wausau-Merrill CSA.

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,289
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 53
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Wisconsin Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wisconsin Rapids is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 18,367 at the 2010 census.

Rhinelander, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,776
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 57
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Rhinelander: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rhinelander is a city in and the county seat of Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,798 at the 2010 census.

Sparta, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,538
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 63
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Sparta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sparta is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States, along the La Crosse River. The population was 9,522 at the 2010 census. Sparta is known as the Bicycling Capital of America.

Wausau, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 39,158
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 66
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Wausau: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wausau is a city in and the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. The Wisconsin River divides the city into east and west. The city is adjacent to the Town of Wausau.

Stevens Point, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 26,673
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 66
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Stevens Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Stevens Point is the county seat of Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. The city was incorporated in 1858.

Marshfield, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,655
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 69
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Marshfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marshfield is a city in Wood County and Marathon County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 10, Highway 13 and Highway 97. The largest city in Wood County, its population was 19,118 at the 2010 census. Of this, 18,218 were in Wood County, and 900 were in Marathon County. The city is part of the United States Census Bureau’s Marshfield-Wisconsin Rapids Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Wood County. The portion of the city in Marathon County is part of the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Tomah, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,136
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 69
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Tomah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tomah is a city in Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 9,093 as of the 2010 census. The city is surrounded by the Town of Tomah and the Town of La Grange. Much of the city’s commercial, retail, and residential development over the last 40 years has occurred in the northern half of the city at a substantial distance from the city’s downtown.

Rothschild, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,254
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 77
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
More on Rothschild: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Wisconsin Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Wisconsin, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Wisconsin according to the data:

  1. Waunakee
  2. Cottage Grove
  3. Middleton

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Wisconsin

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Antigo 23.42 8,189 93 95 109
2 Merrill 23.67 9,638 93 95 109
3 Wisconsin Rapids 23.67 18,289 93 95 109
4 Rhinelander 24.0 7,776 93 95 109
5 Sparta 25.25 9,538 93 95 109
6 Wausau 26.25 39,158 93 95 109
7 Stevens Point 26.25 26,673 93 95 109
8 Marshfield 27.42 18,655 93 95 109
9 Tomah 27.42 9,136 93 95 109
10 Rothschild 29.58 5,254 93 95 109
11 Weston 31.08 14,786 93 95 109
12 Plover 32.92 12,079 93 95 109
13 Kronenwetter 35.33 7,163 93 95 109
14 Kronenwetter 35.33 7,163 93 95 109
15 Marinette 49.33 10,943 97 91 107
16 Two Rivers 50.08 11,702 97 91 107
17 Shawano 50.92 9,256 97 91 107
18 Manitowoc 51.17 33,646 97 91 107
19 New London 51.67 7,127 97 91 107
20 Green Bay 54.08 104,226 97 91 107
21 Kimberly 54.58 6,505 97 91 107
22 Appleton 55.0 72,575 97 91 107
23 Kaukauna 55.25 15,422 97 91 107
24 Sturgeon Bay 56.25 9,157 97 91 107
25 Little Chute 57.17 10,447 97 91 107
26 Ashwaubenon 57.75 17,039 97 91 107
27 Beloit 58.83 36,943 97 97 109
28 Allouez 59.33 14,056 97 91 107
29 Racine 59.92 78,878 97 103 115
30 Monroe 60.67 10,835 97 97 109
31 Bellevue 60.83 14,482 97 91 107
32 Bellevue 60.83 14,482 97 91 107
33 De Pere 60.83 23,796 97 91 107
34 Milwaukee 61.58 594,328 97 103 115
35 Howard 61.92 17,564 97 91 107
36 Janesville 63.58 63,586 97 97 109
37 Hobart 64.0 6,307 97 91 107
38 Hobart 64.0 6,307 97 91 107
39 West Allis 64.33 60,334 97 103 115
40 New Richmond 64.5 8,376 109 105 103
41 Kenosha 64.92 99,297 97 103 115
42 Cudahy 64.92 18,251 97 103 115
43 South Milwaukee 65.5 21,119 97 103 115
44 Edgerton 65.5 5,417 97 97 109
45 Sturtevant 65.5 6,880 97 103 115
46 Milton 66.42 5,538 97 97 109
47 Jefferson 66.42 7,953 97 97 109
48 Delavan 66.92 8,495 97 97 109
49 Suamico 67.17 11,301 97 91 107
50 Suamico 67.17 11,301 97 91 107
51 Fort Atkinson 67.33 12,401 97 97 109
52 Brown Deer 67.5 11,980 97 103 115
53 Greenfield 68.17 36,657 97 103 115
54 Hartford 68.42 14,104 97 103 115
55 Mount Pleasant 68.42 26,068 97 103 115
56 River Falls 68.58 14,986 109 105 103
57 Burlington 68.67 10,492 97 103 115
58 Platteville 68.67 11,170 103 98 96
59 Twin Lakes 68.83 5,978 97 103 115
60 Port Washington 69.0 11,261 97 103 115
61 Whitewater 69.75 14,385 97 97 109
62 Waterford 69.75 5,301 97 103 115
63 Waukesha 70.08 70,593 97 103 115
64 Caledonia 70.08 24,654 97 103 115
65 Elkhorn 70.25 9,983 97 97 109
66 Jackson 70.33 6,675 97 103 115
67 Grafton 70.67 11,457 97 103 115
68 Berlin 70.75 5,489 102 106 113
69 Slinger 71.0 5,050 97 103 115
70 Greendale 71.0 14,085 97 103 115
71 Mukwonago 71.67 7,280 97 103 115
72 Waupun 71.92 11,362 102 106 113
73 Hudson 71.92 12,732 109 105 103
74 Waupaca 71.92 6,041 102 106 113
75 Glendale 72.0 12,861 97 103 115
76 Oak Creek 72.0 34,190 97 103 115
77 Sheboygan 72.58 49,308 102 106 113
78 Menasha 72.58 17,213 102 106 113
79 Lake Geneva 72.75 7,666 97 97 109
80 Wauwatosa 72.92 46,457 97 103 115
81 Oconomowoc 72.92 15,667 97 103 115
82 Menomonee Falls 73.17 35,595 97 103 115
83 Oshkosh 73.17 66,046 102 106 113
84 Cedarburg 73.42 11,425 97 103 115
85 Hartland 73.42 9,092 97 103 115
86 Franklin 73.75 35,236 97 103 115
87 Hales Corners 73.75 7,696 97 103 115
88 Ripon 73.75 7,700 102 106 113
89 Beaver Dam 74.08 16,215 102 106 113
90 Pleasant Prairie 74.17 19,658 97 103 115
91 New Berlin 74.33 39,621 97 103 115
92 Neenah 74.83 25,529 102 106 113
93 Sussex 75.0 10,489 97 103 115
94 Muskego 75.17 24,118 97 103 115
95 Shorewood 75.33 13,154 97 103 115
96 Pewaukee 75.75 8,168 97 103 115
97 Pewaukee 75.75 8,168 97 103 115
98 Pewaukee 75.75 8,168 97 103 115
99 Pewaukee 75.75 8,168 97 103 115
100 Richfield 76.17 11,305 97 103 115

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