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.
- Antigo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Merrill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wisconsin Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rhinelander (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sparta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wausau (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Stevens Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marshfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tomah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
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 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 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 is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 18,367 at the 2010 census.
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 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 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 is the county seat of Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. The city was incorporated in 1858.
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 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.
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:
- Cottage Grove
For more Wisconsin reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Wisconsin
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Wisconsin
- 10 Safest Places In Wisconsin
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Wisconsin