These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Wisconsin


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wisconsin that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Wisconsin does this very well. Families love the Badger State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Wisconsin that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Wisconsin:

  1. Waunakee (Photos)
  2. Mequon (Photos)
  3. Elm Grove (Photos)
  4. Cottage Grove (Photos)
  5. Delafield (Photos)
  6. Middleton (Photos)
  7. Whitefish Bay (Photos)
  8. Fox Point (Photos)
  9. Fitchburg (Photos)
  10. Brookfield (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Antigo is the most affordable city in Wisconsin.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Wisconsin.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Waunakee, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,613
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 151
Healthcare Index: 122
Transportation Index: 106
Utilities Index: 92

2. Mequon

Mequon, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,300
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 182
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 110

3. Elm Grove

Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,985
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 179
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 110

4. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,533
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 135
Healthcare Index: 122
Transportation Index: 106
Utilities Index: 92

5. Delafield

Delafield, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,136
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 169
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 110

6. Middleton

Middleton, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,185
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 133
Healthcare Index: 122
Transportation Index: 106
Utilities Index: 92

7. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,132
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 159
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 110

8. Fox Point

Fox Point, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,695
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 152
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 110

9. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 26,050
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 105
Housing Index: 130
Healthcare Index: 122
Transportation Index: 106
Utilities Index: 92

10. Brookfield

Brookfield, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,971
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 152
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 89
Utilities Index: 110

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Wisconsin that have the highest cost of living, with Waunakee ranking as the most exensive city in the Badger State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Wisconsin:

  1. Antigo
  2. Wisconsin Rapids
  3. Merrill

For more Wisconsin reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Wisconsin

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Waunakee 1 12,613 102 105 122 151 106 92
Mequon 2 23,300 97 103 115 182 89 110
Elm Grove 3 5,985 97 103 115 179 89 110
Cottage Grove 4 6,533 102 105 122 135 106 92
Delafield 5 7,136 97 103 115 169 89 110
Middleton 6 18,185 102 105 122 133 106 92
Whitefish Bay 7 14,132 97 103 115 159 89 110
Fox Point 8 6,695 97 103 115 152 89 110
Fitchburg 9 26,050 102 105 122 130 106 92
Brookfield 10 37,971 97 103 115 152 89 110
Richfield 11 11,365 97 103 115 146 89 110
Pewaukee 12 8,233 97 103 115 145 89 110
Pewaukee 13 8,233 97 103 115 145 89 110
Pewaukee 14 13,599 97 103 115 145 89 110
Pewaukee 15 13,599 97 103 115 145 89 110
Verona 16 11,353 102 105 122 126 106 92
Shorewood 17 13,245 97 103 115 138 89 110
Mcfarland 18 8,009 102 105 122 123 106 92
Muskego 19 24,387 97 103 115 137 89 110
Sussex 20 10,632 97 103 115 136 89 110
Mount Horeb 21 7,286 102 105 122 117 106 92
Oregon 22 9,629 102 105 122 116 106 92
New Berlin 23 39,712 97 103 115 129 89 110
Pleasant Prairie 24 20,015 97 103 115 127 89 110
Madison 25 239,848 102 105 122 114 106 92
Hales Corners 26 7,749 97 103 115 123 89 110
Franklin 27 35,920 97 103 115 123 89 110
Sun Prairie 28 30,601 102 105 122 112 106 92
Cedarburg 29 11,485 97 103 115 122 89 110
Hartland 30 9,161 97 103 115 122 89 110
Menomonee Falls 31 35,828 97 103 115 120 89 110
Monona 32 7,711 102 105 122 108 106 92
Oconomowoc 33 15,990 97 103 115 118 89 110
Wauwatosa 34 46,838 97 103 115 118 89 110
Suamico 35 11,621 97 91 107 117 103 111
Suamico 36 11,621 97 91 107 117 103 111
Oak Creek 37 34,823 97 103 115 116 89 110
Deforest 38 9,232 102 105 122 104 106 92
Glendale 39 12,893 97 103 115 116 89 110
Mukwonago 40 7,426 97 103 115 115 89 110
Stoughton 41 12,886 102 105 122 103 106 92
Hudson 42 13,023 109 105 103 113 102 91
Greendale 43 14,208 97 103 115 112 89 110
Slinger 44 5,131 97 103 115 112 89 110
Grafton 45 11,539 97 103 115 110 89 110
Jackson 46 6,773 97 103 115 107 89 110
Lake Hallie 47 6,550 112 107 110 95 104 92
Waukesha 48 71,083 97 103 115 106 89 110
Caledonia 49 24,689 97 103 115 106 89 110
Lake Geneva 50 7,693 97 97 109 104 99 114
Waterford 51 5,346 97 103 115 104 89 110
Holmen 52 9,335 112 107 110 92 104 92
Port Washington 53 11,401 97 103 115 102 89 110
Hobart 54 6,951 97 91 107 103 103 111
Hobart 55 6,951 97 91 107 103 103 111
Twin Lakes 56 6,033 97 103 115 101 89 110
Burlington 57 10,528 97 103 115 100 89 110
Onalaska 58 18,148 112 107 110 89 104 92
West Bend 59 31,496 102 106 113 95 98 108
Lake Mills 60 5,768 102 105 122 90 106 92
Hartford 61 14,251 97 103 115 99 89 110
Mount Pleasant 62 26,220 97 103 115 99 89 110
Watertown 63 23,899 102 105 122 88 106 92
Greenfield 64 36,990 97 103 115 98 89 110
River Falls 65 15,050 109 105 103 97 102 91
Elkhorn 66 10,020 97 97 109 93 99 114
Brown Deer 67 12,067 97 103 115 94 89 110
Whitewater 68 14,801 97 97 109 92 99 114
Howard 69 18,313 97 91 107 93 103 111
Bellevue 70 14,936 97 91 107 91 103 111
Menomonie 71 16,219 112 107 110 80 104 92
Bellevue 72 14,936 97 91 107 91 103 111
De Pere 73 24,216 97 91 107 91 103 111
South Milwaukee 74 21,210 97 103 115 89 89 110
Sturtevant 75 6,981 97 103 115 89 89 110
Altoona 76 6,940 112 107 110 78 104 92
Baraboo 77 12,046 102 105 122 79 106 92
Kenosha 78 99,709 97 103 115 87 89 110
Eau Claire 79 67,036 112 107 110 77 104 92
Cudahy 80 18,321 97 103 115 87 89 110
Portage 81 10,227 102 105 122 77 106 92
Fort Atkinson 82 12,436 97 97 109 85 99 114
West Allis 83 60,595 97 103 115 85 89 110
Plymouth 84 8,408 102 106 113 81 98 108
Allouez 85 13,948 97 91 107 86 103 111
New Richmond 86 8,501 109 105 103 84 102 91
Delavan 87 8,467 97 97 109 84 99 114
Kronenwetter 88 7,330 93 95 109 92 97 91
Kronenwetter 89 7,330 93 95 109 92 97 91
Mayville 90 5,086 102 106 113 80 98 108
Jefferson 91 7,968 97 97 109 82 99 114
La Crosse 92 51,864 112 107 110 72 104 92
Milton 93 5,562 97 97 109 82 99 114
Reedsburg 94 9,411 102 105 122 73 106 92
Sheboygan Falls 95 7,796 102 106 113 78 98 108
Platteville 96 11,480 103 98 96 83 90 136
Edgerton 97 5,478 97 97 109 80 99 114
Ashwaubenon 98 17,065 97 91 107 81 103 111
Rice Lake 99 8,353 112 107 110 68 104 92
Little Chute 100 10,520 97 91 107 80 103 111

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