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 some more reading about Wisconsin:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Wisconsin For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Wisconsin
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.

Elm Grove, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,085.0
Median Income: $119,512.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Elm Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Point, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,695.0
Median Income: $113,854.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Fox Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Point is a village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,701 at the 2010 census.

Mequon, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 23,663.0
Median Income: $104,691.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Mequon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mequon (/mkwn/ MEK-won) is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,132 at the 2010 census.

Mcfarland, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,168.0
Median Income: $78,009.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Mcfarland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Muskego, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 24,650.0
Median Income: $82,383.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Muskego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sussex, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,716.0
Median Income: $81,160.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Sussex: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

New Berlin, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 39,807.0
Median Income: $77,795.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on New Berlin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Pewaukee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,979.0
Median Income: $83,998.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Pewaukee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Verona, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,113.0
Median Income: $89,965.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Verona: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Whitefish Bay, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,088.0
Median Income: $105,156.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Whitefish Bay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Elm Grove 2.83 $119,512
2 Fox Point 3.67 $113,854
3 Mequon 10.67 $104,691
4 Mcfarland 11.17 $78,009
5 Muskego 12.33 $82,383
6 Sussex 12.5 $81,160
7 New Berlin 13.0 $77,795
8 Pewaukee 13.67 $83,998
9 Verona 14.17 $89,965
10 Whitefish Bay 14.33 $105,156
11 Deforest 16.17 $72,373
12 Waunakee 16.17 $93,132
13 Kronenwetter 16.33 $82,545
14 Menomonee Falls 20.17 $74,266
15 Lake Hallie 20.5 $68,179
16 Brookfield 21.0 $95,956
17 Hartland 22.83 $68,364
18 Germa 22.83 $77,968
19 Richfield 24.0 $97,212
20 Franklin 24.67 $73,590
21 Oregon 25.33 $76,480
22 Waterford 25.33 $71,895
23 Hales Corners 27.5 $66,274
24 Mount Horeb 28.0 $67,793
25 Grafton 32.0 $66,436
26 Allouez 32.83 $66,149
27 Wauwatosa 34.33 $70,632
28 Columbus 35.5 $60,000
29 Oconomowoc 36.17 $73,500
30 Oak Creek 37.67 $67,845
31 Cedarburg 38.33 $79,266
32 Port Washington 39.5 $66,296
33 Glendale 39.67 $65,120
34 Mukwonago 39.67 $64,011
35 Suamico 41.5 $89,126
36 Pewaukee 42.5 $57,321
37 Kaukauna 43.0 $55,536
38 Slinger 44.17 $73,302
39 Sturtevant 47.67 $63,196
40 Cottage Grove 47.83 $87,386
41 Hobart 47.83 $71,583
42 Hudson 48.17 $65,182
43 Lake Mills 48.83 $60,302
44 Evansville 49.33 $56,198
45 Little Chute 50.0 $59,049
46 Middleton 51.0 $67,729
47 Delafield 52.5 $80,714
48 Mount Pleasant 53.5 $63,799
49 Sun Prairie 53.5 $65,203
50 Holmen 53.5 $64,360
51 Onalaska 56.5 $52,853
52 Neenah 57.83 $54,618
53 Monona 58.5 $56,481
54 De Pere 59.33 $64,253
55 Jackson 59.5 $56,444
56 Caledonia 59.5 $69,500
57 Sheboygan Falls 59.83 $52,410
58 Hartford 59.83 $55,169
59 Howard 61.5 $59,898
60 Stoughton 61.83 $60,990
61 West Bend 62.17 $56,003
62 Mayville 62.67 $46,364
63 Waupun 64.33 $53,125
64 North Fond Du Lac 65.0 $48,578
65 Waukesha 66.67 $59,866
66 Shorewood 67.0 $63,918
67 Brown Deer 67.5 $58,472
68 Greendale 69.0 $64,338
69 Bellevue 69.0 $53,360
70 Rothschild 69.0 $55,461
71 Kimberly 69.5 $47,144
72 Appleton 70.5 $53,878
73 Pleasant Prairie 70.83 $74,307
74 River Falls 72.5 $52,598
75 Ripon 72.83 $46,478
76 Altoona 73.67 $50,570
77 Edgerton 77.0 $52,054
78 Milton 77.67 $53,046
79 Plymouth 78.17 $47,565
80 Reedsburg 78.33 $51,378
81 Burlington 78.83 $53,861
82 Greenfield 79.17 $52,075
83 Fitchburg 80.5 $65,735
84 Monroe 81.17 $42,467
85 New Richmond 82.17 $56,422
86 Ashwaubenon 82.5 $53,133
87 Jefferson 83.0 $50,016
88 Marshfield 83.5 $45,621
89 Madison 85.5 $56,464
90 Madison 85.5 $56,464
91 Richland Center 87.67 $39,347
92 Elkhorn 87.67 $49,002
93 Shawano 88.5 $41,467
94 Waupaca 89.0 $45,433
95 Plover 89.67 $56,184
96 Twin Lakes 90.83 $60,689
97 Weston 92.83 $49,986
98 St. Francis 94.5 $43,065
99 Sturgeon Bay 95.0 $48,377
100 Menasha 96.67 $48,946

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