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
  2. Fox Point
  3. Mequon (Photos)
  4. Mcfarland (Photos)
  5. Muskego
  6. Sussex
  7. New Berlin (Photos)
  8. Pewaukee
  9. Verona (Photos)
  10. Whitefish Bay

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.
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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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,085
Median Income: $119,512
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%

2. Fox Point


Population: 6,695
Median Income: $113,854
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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: Wikipedia

Population: 23,663
Median Income: $104,691
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,168
Median Income: $78,009
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%

5. Muskego


Population: 24,650
Median Income: $82,383
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,716
Median Income: $81,160
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,807
Median Income: $77,795
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,979
Median Income: $83,998
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
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: Wikipedia

Population: 12,113
Median Income: $89,965
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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: Wikipedia

Population: 14,088
Median Income: $105,156
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%

There You Have It – The Richest 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:

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  • These Are The 10 Snobbiest Cities In Wisconsin
  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Wisconsin
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Wisconsin

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

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