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

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 the best places to live in Wisconsin or the most expensive.

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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:

  • 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.

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1. Antigo

Antigo, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,189
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 49
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
Antigo (/ænto/ AN-ti-goh) 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.

2. Merrill

Merrill, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,638
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 53
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
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.

3. Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,289
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 53
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
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.

4. Rhinelander

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,776
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 57
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
Rhinelander is a city in and the county seat of Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,798 at the 2010 census.

5. Sparta

Sparta, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,538
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 63
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
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.

6. Wausau

Wausau, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,158
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 66
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
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.

7. Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,673
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 66
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
Stevens Point is the county seat of Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. The city was incorporated in 1858.

8. Marshfield

Marshfield, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,655
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 69
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
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 (2010 population: 74,749). The portion of the city in Marathon County is part of the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. Tomah

Tomah, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,136
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 69
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91
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.

10. Rothschild

Rothschild, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,254
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 109
Housing: 77
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 91

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Wisconsin

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

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