These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Wisconsin For 2018


We analyzed over 144 places in Wisconsin to determine where the 1% live.

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Elm Grove, Fox Point, Mequon: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Wisconsin. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Badger State.

Elm Grove in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $119,512 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.3%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Wisconsin share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 143 places in Wisconsin with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Wisconsin for 2018:

  1. Elm Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Fox Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Mequon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Mcfarland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Muskego (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Sussex (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. New Berlin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pewaukee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Verona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Whitefish Bay (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Wisconsin.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Wisconsin or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Wisconsin For 2018

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 143 places with more than 5,000 people in Wisconsin, we ranked each place from 1 to 143 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Elm Grove, crowned the “Richest Place In Wisconsin For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 143 places.

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1. Elm Grove

Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Population: 6,085
Median Income: $119,512
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Elm Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Fox Point

Fox Point, Wisconsin

Population: 6,695
Median Income: $113,854
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Fox Point: Homes For Sale | Data
Fox Point is a village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,701 at the 2010 census.

3. Mequon

Mequon, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,663
Median Income: $104,691
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Mequon: Homes For Sale | Data
Mequon (/mkwn/ MEK-won) is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,132 at the 2010 census.

4. Mcfarland

Mcfarland, Wisconsin

Population: 8,168
Median Income: $78,009
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on McFarland: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Muskego

Muskego, Wisconsin

Population: 24,650
Median Income: $82,383
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Muskego: Homes For Sale | Data
Muskego is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 24,135. Muskego is the fifth largest community in Waukesha County.[citation needed] The name Muskego is derived from the Potawatomi Indian name for the area, “Mus-kee-Guaac”, meaning sunfish. The Potawatomi were the original inhabitants of Muskego. There are three lakes within the city’s boundaries.

6. Sussex

Sussex, Wisconsin

Population: 10,716
Median Income: $81,160
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Sussex: Homes For Sale | Data
Sussex is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It is approximately 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Milwaukee and 9 miles (14 km) north of Waukesha. The village is 7.24 square miles (19 km2) at an elevation of 930 feet. The population was 10,518 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area.

7. New Berlin

New Berlin, Wisconsin

Population: 39,807
Median Income: $77,795
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on New Berlin: Homes For Sale | Data
New Berlin is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 39,584 at the 2010 census, making it the second largest community in Waukesha County after the city of Waukesha.

8. Pewaukee

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Population: 13,979
Median Income: $83,998
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Pewaukee: Homes For Sale | Data
Pewaukee is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The population was 13,195 at the 2010 census. The Village of Pewaukee, which was incorporated out of the town before it incorporated as a city, is surrounded by the city.

9. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,113
Median Income: $89,965
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Verona: Homes For Sale | Data
Verona is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, in the United States and is a suburb of Madison. The population was 10,619 at the 2010 census. The city is located ten miles southwest of downtown Madison within the Town of Verona. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

10. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,088
Median Income: $105,156
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Whitefish Bay: Homes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Wisconsin For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Wisconsin, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Wisconsin.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Wisconsin, according to data:

Poorest: Whitewater
2nd Poorest: Milwaukee
3rd Poorest: Antigo

For more Wisconsin reading , check out:

  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin
  • 10 Best Places To Live In Wisconsin
  • 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Wisconsin
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Wisconsin

    Rank City Median Income
    1 Elm Grove $119,512
    2 Fox Point $113,854
    3 Mequon $104,691
    4 Mcfarland $78,009
    5 Muskego $82,383
    6 Sussex $81,160
    7 New Berlin $77,795
    8 Pewaukee $83,998
    9 Verona $89,965
    10 Whitefish Bay $105,156
    11 Deforest $72,373
    12 Waunakee $93,132
    13 Kronenwetter $82,545
    14 Menomonee Falls $74,266
    15 Lake Hallie $68,179
    16 Brookfield $95,956
    17 Hartland $68,364
    18 Germa $77,968
    19 Richfield $97,212
    20 Franklin $73,590
    21 Oregon $76,480
    22 Waterford $71,895
    23 Hales Corners $66,274
    24 Mount Horeb $67,793
    25 Grafton $66,436
    26 Allouez $66,149
    27 Wauwatosa $70,632
    28 Columbus $60,000
    29 Oconomowoc $73,500
    30 Oak Creek $67,845
    31 Cedarburg $79,266
    32 Port Washington $66,296
    33 Glendale $65,120
    34 Mukwonago $64,011
    35 Suamico $89,126
    36 Pewaukee $57,321
    37 Kaukauna $55,536
    38 Slinger $73,302
    39 Sturtevant $63,196
    40 Cottage Grove $87,386
    41 Hobart $71,583
    42 Hudson $65,182
    43 Lake Mills $60,302
    44 Evansville $56,198
    45 Little Chute $59,049
    46 Middleton $67,729
    47 Delafield $80,714
    48 Mount Pleasant $63,799
    49 Sun Prairie $65,203
    50 Holmen $64,360
    51 Onalaska $52,853
    52 Neenah $54,618
    53 Monona $56,481
    54 De Pere $64,253
    55 Jackson $56,444
    56 Caledonia $69,500
    57 Sheboygan Falls $52,410
    58 Hartford $55,169
    59 Howard $59,898
    60 Stoughton $60,990
    61 West Bend $56,003
    62 Mayville $46,364
    63 Waupun $53,125
    64 North Fond Du Lac $48,578
    65 Waukesha $59,866
    66 Shorewood $63,918
    67 Brown Deer $58,472
    68 Greendale $64,338
    69 Bellevue $53,360
    70 Rothschild $55,461
    71 Kimberly $47,144
    72 Appleton $53,878
    73 Pleasant Prairie $74,307
    74 River Falls $52,598
    75 Ripon $46,478
    76 Altoona $50,570
    77 Edgerton $52,054
    78 Milton $53,046
    79 Plymouth $47,565
    80 Reedsburg $51,378
    81 Burlington $53,861
    82 Greenfield $52,075
    83 Fitchburg $65,735
    84 Monroe $42,467
    85 New Richmond $56,422
    86 Ashwaubenon $53,133
    87 Jefferson $50,016
    88 Marshfield $45,621
    89 Madison $56,464
    90 Madison $56,464
    91 Richland Center $39,347
    92 Elkhorn $49,002
    93 Shawano $41,467
    94 Waupaca $45,433
    95 Plover $56,184
    96 Twin Lakes $60,689
    97 Weston $49,986
    98 St. Francis $43,065
    99 Sturgeon Bay $48,377
    100 Menasha $48,946

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