These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Wisconsin


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 141 largest places in Wisconsin, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Antigo
  2. Wisconsin Rapids
  3. Merrill
  4. Rhinelander
  5. Marinette
  6. Sparta
  7. Wausau
  8. Stevens Point
  9. Two Rivers
  10. Prairie Du Chien

So listen up Waunakee as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Badger State

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 141 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.

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1. Antigo

Antigo, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,189
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 109
Housing: 49
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 91

2. Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,289
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 109
Housing: 53
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 91

3. Merrill

Merrill, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,638
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 109
Housing: 53
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 91

4. Rhinelander

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,776
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 109
Housing: 57
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 91

5. Marinette

Marinette, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,943
Services: 97
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 48
Transportation: 103
Utiltiies: 111

6. Sparta

Sparta, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,538
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 109
Housing: 63
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 91

7. Wausau

Wausau, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,158
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 109
Housing: 66
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 91

8. Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,673
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 109
Housing: 66
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 91

9. Two Rivers

Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,702
Services: 97
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 57
Transportation: 103
Utiltiies: 111

10. Prairie Du Chien


Population: 5,914
Services: 103
Groceries: 98
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 59
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 136

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Wisconsin

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Antigo 1 8,189 93 95 109
Wisconsin Rapids 2 18,289 93 95 109
Merrill 3 9,638 93 95 109
Rhinelander 4 7,776 93 95 109
Marinette 5 10,943 97 91 107
Sparta 6 9,538 93 95 109
Wausau 7 39,158 93 95 109
Stevens Point 8 26,673 93 95 109
Two Rivers 9 11,702 97 91 107
Prairie Du Chien 10 5,914 103 98 96
Tomah 11 9,136 93 95 109
Marshfield 12 18,655 93 95 109
Shawano 13 9,256 97 91 107
Beloit 14 36,943 97 97 109
Manitowoc 15 33,646 97 91 107
Berlin 16 5,489 102 106 113
New London 17 7,127 97 91 107
Monroe 18 10,835 97 97 109
Rothschild 19 5,254 93 95 109
Waupaca 20 6,041 102 106 113
Richland Center 21 5,173 102 105 122
Waupun 22 11,362 102 106 113
Sheboygan 23 49,308 102 106 113
Menasha 24 17,213 102 106 113
Oshkosh 25 66,046 102 106 113
Weston 26 14,786 93 95 109
Green Bay 27 104,226 97 91 107
Ashland 28 8,213 112 107 110
Kimberly 29 6,505 97 91 107
Ripon 30 7,700 102 106 113
Appleton 31 72,575 97 91 107
Racine 32 78,878 97 103 115
Fond Du Lac 33 43,027 102 106 113
Kaukauna 34 15,422 97 91 107
Beaver Dam 35 16,215 102 106 113
Plover 36 12,079 93 95 109
Sturgeon Bay 37 9,157 97 91 107
Janesville 38 63,586 97 97 109
Neenah 39 25,529 102 106 113
Chippewa Falls 40 13,673 112 107 110
Milwaukee 41 594,328 97 103 115
Rice Lake 42 8,412 112 107 110
Little Chute 43 10,447 97 91 107
Ashwaubenon 44 17,039 97 91 107
Edgerton 45 5,417 97 97 109
Sheboygan Falls 46 7,755 102 106 113
Platteville 47 11,170 103 98 96
La Crosse 48 51,398 112 107 110
Reedsburg 49 9,228 102 105 122
Milton 50 5,538 97 97 109
Jefferson 51 7,953 97 97 109
Kronenwetter 52 7,163 93 95 109
Kronenwetter 53 7,163 93 95 109
Mayville 54 5,128 102 106 113
Allouez 55 14,056 97 91 107
Plymouth 56 8,413 102 106 113
Delavan 57 8,495 97 97 109
West Allis 58 60,334 97 103 115
New Richmond 59 8,376 109 105 103
Fort Atkinson 60 12,401 97 97 109
Portage 61 10,267 102 105 122
Eau Claire 62 65,860 112 107 110
Cudahy 63 18,251 97 103 115
Kenosha 64 99,297 97 103 115
Altoona 65 6,780 112 107 110
Baraboo 66 12,011 102 105 122
Sturtevant 67 6,880 97 103 115
South Milwaukee 68 21,119 97 103 115
Menomonie 69 16,192 112 107 110
De Pere 70 23,796 97 91 107
Bellevue 71 14,482 97 91 107
Bellevue 72 14,482 97 91 107
Howard 73 17,564 97 91 107
Whitewater 74 14,385 97 97 109
Brown Deer 75 11,980 97 103 115
Elkhorn 76 9,983 97 97 109
Watertown 77 23,838 102 105 122
Greenfield 78 36,657 97 103 115
River Falls 79 14,986 109 105 103
Mount Pleasant 80 26,068 97 103 115
Hartford 81 14,104 97 103 115
Onalaska 82 17,740 112 107 110
Burlington 83 10,492 97 103 115
West Bend 84 31,200 102 106 113
Lake Mills 85 5,695 102 105 122
Twin Lakes 86 5,978 97 103 115
Hobart 87 6,307 97 91 107
Hobart 88 6,307 97 91 107
Port Washington 89 11,261 97 103 115
Holmen 90 8,982 112 107 110
Waterford 91 5,301 97 103 115
Waukesha 92 70,593 97 103 115
Lake Geneva 93 7,666 97 97 109
Caledonia 94 24,654 97 103 115
Lake Hallie 95 6,401 112 107 110
Jackson 96 6,675 97 103 115
Grafton 97 11,457 97 103 115
Greendale 98 14,085 97 103 115
Slinger 99 5,050 97 103 115
Hudson 100 12,732 109 105 103
Mukwonago 101 7,280 97 103 115
Stoughton 102 12,695 102 105 122
Glendale 103 12,861 97 103 115
Suamico 104 11,301 97 91 107
Suamico 105 11,301 97 91 107
Deforest 106 8,955 102 105 122
Oak Creek 107 34,190 97 103 115
Wauwatosa 108 46,457 97 103 115
Oconomowoc 109 15,667 97 103 115
Monona 110 7,624 102 105 122
Menomonee Falls 111 35,595 97 103 115
Hartland 112 9,092 97 103 115
Cedarburg 113 11,425 97 103 115
Hales Corners 114 7,696 97 103 115
Sun Prairie 115 29,274 102 105 122
Franklin 116 35,236 97 103 115
Madison 117 234,586 102 105 122
Pleasant Prairie 118 19,658 97 103 115
New Berlin 119 39,621 97 103 115
Oregon 120 9,269 102 105 122
Mount Horeb 121 7,070 102 105 122
Sussex 122 10,489 97 103 115
Muskego 123 24,118 97 103 115
Shorewood 124 13,154 97 103 115
Mcfarland 125 7,827 102 105 122
Pewaukee 126 8,168 97 103 115
Pewaukee 127 8,168 97 103 115
Verona 128 10,632 102 105 122
Pewaukee 129 8,168 97 103 115
Pewaukee 130 8,168 97 103 115
Richfield 131 11,305 97 103 115
Fitchburg 132 25,222 102 105 122
Brookfield 133 38,015 97 103 115
Fox Point 134 6,703 97 103 115
Whitefish Bay 135 14,063 97 103 115
Middleton 136 17,589 102 105 122
Delafield 137 7,060 97 103 115
Cottage Grove 138 6,174 102 105 122
Elm Grove 139 5,958 97 103 115
Mequon 140 23,164 97 103 115
Waunakee 141 12,142 102 105 122

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