These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Wisconsin


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

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Elm Grove, Muskego, Fox Point: 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 $119,679 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 0.1%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 144 places in Wisconsin with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Badger State:

  1. Elm Grove
  2. Muskego
  3. Fox Point
  4. Waunakee
  5. Pewaukee
  6. Wind Lake
  7. Verona
  8. Whitefish Bay
  9. Mcfarland
  10. Deforest

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Wisconsin? That would be Milwaukee.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Wisconsin

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

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 144 places with more than 5,000 people in Wisconsin, we ranked each place from 1 to 144 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”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 144 places.

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1. Elm Grove

Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Population: 5,985
Median Income: 11967900.0%
Poverty Level: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

2. Muskego

Muskego, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr William Garrett

Population: 24,387
Median Income: 8303300.0%
Poverty Level: 2.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

3. Fox Point

Fox Point, Wisconsin

Source: Pampered Produce Facebook Page

Population: 6,695
Median Income: 10746600.0%
Poverty Level: 3.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

4. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,613
Median Income: 9036500.0%
Poverty Level: 2.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

5. Pewaukee

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Source: The Gang At Mugshotz Pewaukee Wi. From Their Facebook Page.

Population: 13,599
Median Income: 8197600.0%
Poverty Level: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

6. Wind Lake


Population: 5,347
Median Income: 8365900.0%
Poverty Level: 4.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

7. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Population: 11,353
Median Income: 8147400.0%
Poverty Level: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

8. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Population: 14,132
Median Income: 10257600.0%
Poverty Level: 3.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

9. Mcfarland


Population: 8,009
Median Income: 7075000.0%
Poverty Level: 3.8%
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%

10. Deforest


Population: 9,232
Median Income: 7063100.0%
Poverty Level: 3.7%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Wisconsin

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 WI, according to data:

Poorest: Milwaukee
2nd Poorest: Beloit
3rd Poorest: Rice Lake
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Wisconsin

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Elm Grove 1 5,985 $119,679 0.1% 4.1%
Muskego 2 24,387 $83,033 2.6% 4.0%
Fox Point 3 6,695 $107,466 3.4% 4.1%
Waunakee 4 12,613 $90,365 2.4% 4.2%
Pewaukee 5 13,599 $81,976 3.0% 4.1%
Wind Lake 6 5,347 $83,659 4.0% 4.1%
Verona 7 11,353 $81,474 4.3% 3.3%
Whitefish Bay 8 14,132 $102,576 3.1% 4.8%
McFarland 9 8,009 $70,750 3.8% 2.1%
DeForest 10 9,232 $70,631 3.7% 3.5%
Mequon 11 23,300 $106,813 3.0% 5.3%
Sussex 12 10,632 $73,958 5.2% 3.6%
Brookfield 13 37,971 $91,485 3.4% 5.3%
Hobart 14 6,951 $86,481 5.0% 4.8%
Lake Hallie 15 6,550 $66,799 4.3% 4.0%
Menomonee Falls 16 35,828 $73,936 3.1% 4.9%
Suamico 17 11,621 $85,403 2.3% 5.6%
Kronenwetter 18 7,330 $78,004 4.8% 4.7%
New Berlin 19 39,712 $74,203 3.6% 5.1%
Richfield 20 11,365 $91,014 1.7% 6.1%
Tichigan 21 5,332 $80,979 2.3% 6.0%
Franklin 22 35,920 $73,122 6.8% 4.6%
Wauwatosa 23 46,838 $69,467 6.6% 4.6%
Rib Mountain 24 5,512 $69,138 3.1% 5.7%
Delafield 25 7,136 $83,795 6.3% 5.5%
Mount Horeb 26 7,286 $63,634 6.2% 4.4%
Oregon 27 9,629 $74,119 4.3% 5.8%
Cottage Grove 28 6,533 $82,018 8.7% 4.5%
Oconomowoc 29 15,990 $70,204 5.5% 5.5%
Slinger 30 5,131 $64,522 6.6% 4.9%
Grafton 31 11,539 $61,887 7.8% 3.6%
Port Washington 32 11,401 $61,978 4.4% 5.5%
Mukwonago 33 7,426 $62,124 8.1% 3.8%
Hartland 34 9,161 $63,906 6.3% 5.3%
Germa 35 19,791 $74,865 4.5% 6.4%
Hudson 36 13,023 $62,554 6.9% 5.1%
Rothschild 37 5,279 $54,042 7.1% 4.0%
Sturtevant 38 6,981 $63,884 7.3% 5.2%
Evansville 39 5,089 $58,571 7.9% 4.1%
Pewaukee 40 8,233 $59,435 4.3% 5.8%
Sun Prairie 41 30,601 $66,956 7.4% 5.6%
Holmen 42 9,335 $59,500 5.8% 5.7%
Hartford 43 14,251 $56,536 7.4% 4.5%
Allouez 44 13,948 $65,101 5.6%< /td> 6.2%
Hales Corners 45 7,749 $59,783 5.5% 5.9%
Little Chute 46 10,520 $57,161 5.9% 5.5%
Onalaska 47 18,148 $53,813 5.8% 5.5%
Cedarburg 48 11,485 $71,813 7.6% 6.2%
North Fond du Lac 49 5,000 $47,169 4.0% 5.3%
Middleton 50 18,185 $62,238 7.6% 5.7%
Glendale 51 12,893 $61,296 10.2% 4.9%
Oak Creek 52 34,823 $64,570 7.2% 6.2%
Greendale 53 14,208 $63,480 5.1% 6.8%
Lake Mills 54 5,768 $57,976 9.7% 5.1%
Shorewood 55 13,245 $63,550 11.6% 4.9%
Caledonia 56 24,689 $68,936 6.7% 7.4%
Stoughton 57 12,886 $57,813 8.0% 5.6%
Appleton 58 72,861 $53,439 11.1% 4.5%
Neenah 59 25,697 $52,271 9.7% 4.9%
Mount Pleasant 60 26,220 $65,347 6.8% 7.8%
Howard 61 18,313 $57,599 7.0% 6.2%
Kaukauna 62 15,649 $54,945 8.7% 5.5%
Waterford 63 5,346 $61,675 5.5% 8.0%
Kimberly 64 6,590 $47,461 6.0% 5.8%
Bellevue 65 14,936 $51,913 10.6% 4.9%
Waupun 66 11,336 $46,807 10.4% 4.4%
Pleasant Prairie 67 20,015 $72,520 7.6% 8.7%
Jackson 68 6,773 $53,212 6.2% 6.8%
De Pere 69 24,216 $56,834 7.6% 6.5%
Jefferson 70 7,968 $46,953 9.9% 5.1%
Waukesha 71 71,083 $58,126 10.8% 6.0%
Fitchburg 72 26,050 $62,832 13.0% 6.2%
Sheboygan Falls 73 7,796 $52,575 5.2% 8.3%
West Bend 74 31,496 $56,829 8.3% 6.7%
Plymouth 75 8,408 $47,608 8.0% 5.9%
Altoona 76 6,940 $47,996 7.4% 6.4%
Milton 77 5,562 $54,561 7.0% 8.6%
Monona 78 7,711 $51,644 10.6% 6.2%
Mayville 79 5,086 $51,910 7.6% 7.5%
Greenfield 80 36,990 $50,311 9.5% 6.8%
Reedsburg 81 9,411 $39,362 13.1% 4.2%
Brown Deer 82 12,067 $55,396 10.7% 7.5%
Columbus 83 5,014 $57,545 8.3% 9.2%
Ripon 84 7,699 $47,008 12.6% 5.8%
Ashwaubenon 85 17,065 $52,914 10.3% 8.1%
Twin Lakes 86 6,033 $57,102 10.3% 9.0%
Plover 87 12,195 $58,409 14.6% 7.3%
Madison 88 239,848 $53,933 21.4% 5.8%
Menasha 89 17,535 $46,001 10.7% 6.3%
Tomah 90 9,281 $40,850 13.3% 5.5%
Edgerton 91 5,478 $48,960 11.3% 6.8%
Elkhorn 92 10,020 $50,910 7.6% 10.1%
Marshfield 93 18,514 $42,619 12.6% 5.9%
Weston 94 14,937 $50,657 11.5% 7.7%
Beaver Dam 95 16,331 $45,840 10.5% 7.1%
Fort Atkinson 96 12,436 $47,868 13.6% 6.3%
Monroe 97 10,807 $39,441 15.0% 5.2%
River Falls 98 15,050 $49,742 25.7% 5.8%
Platteville 99 11,480 $39,756 43.4% 4.2%
New Richmond 100 8,501 $52,656 9.9% 11.1%
Waupaca 101 6,016 $40,911 9.8% 7.5%
South Milwaukee 102 21,210 $51,499 10.5% 9.8%
Two Rivers 103 11,577 $39,529 11.4% 6.3%
Burlington 104 10,528 $50,548 12.6% 8.6%
Sturgeon Bay 105 9,093 $43,589 12.4% 7.5%
Delavan 106 8,467 $48,199 13.5% 8.0%
Shawano 107 9,202 $39,512 15.6% 5.9%
Portage 108 10,227 $44,150 15.9% 6.4%
Eau Claire 109 67,036 $43,295 21.3% 6.0%
Watertown 110 23,899 $49,926 11.1% 11.4%
Berlin 111 5,451 $40,145 13.3% 6.6%
New London 112 7,091 $47,881 12.1% 9.4%
West Allis 113 60,595 $44,475 13.1% 7.9%
Janesville 114 63,674 $49,372 13.8% 9.2%
Manitowoc 115 33,443 $41,280 12.3% 8.2%
Prairie du Chien 116 5,829 $37,150 13.3% 6.5%
Sheboygan 117 48,918 $43,107 13.0% 8.6%
Oshkosh 118 66,430 $42,860 20.0% 6.5%
St. Francis 119 9,488 $45,708 11.6% 10.0%
Fond du Lac 120 43,007 $45,914 14.4% 8.9%
La Crosse 121 51,864 $40,340 28.1% 6.2%
Merrill 122 9,491 $41,378 15.5% 7.7%
Lake Geneva 123 7,693 $45,809 15.5% 8.7%
Richland Center 124 5,128 $37,632 19.5% 6.3%
Green Bay 125 104,574 $43,063 16.2% 8.3%
Cudahy 126 18,321 $46,657 15.8% 10.5%
Kenosha 127 99,709 $48,181 18.2% 12.0%
Baraboo 128 12,046 $39,923 14.6% 8.9%
Sparta 129 9,610 $42,277 16.1% 9.0%
Wisconsin Rapids 130 18,162 $36,299 15.7% 7.8%
Menomonie 131 16,219 $37,155 32.7% 7.1%
Wausau 132 39,209 $40,464 18.3% 9.3%
Superior 133 26,932 $39,503 19.7% 8.6%
Ashland 134 8,167 $39,257 15.4% 9.4%
Antigo 135 8,075 $32,645 25.5% 7.3%
Marinette 136 10,890 $34,602 16.4% 8.1%
Whitewater 137 14,801 $30,281 45.4% 7.6%
Stevens Point 138 26,778 $40,081 30.6% 9.7%
Chippewa Falls 139 13,803 $36,170 18.7% 9.6%
Racine 140 78,347 $39,623 20.2% 13.2%
Rhinelander 141 7,642 $34,614 17.6% 11.5%
Rice Lake 142 8,353 $35,326 20.3% 9.9%
Beloit 143 36,876 $36,384 22.1% 14.5%
Milwaukee 144 598,078 $35,489 25.8% 13.1%

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