Where are the best places in the state of Wisconsin?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Badger State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Wisconsin.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 141 places in Wisconsin, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Fox Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Whitefish Bay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Elm Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waunakee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- McFarland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mequon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cedarburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Verona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oregon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Middleton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Fox Point if you’re thinking of moving to Wisconsin — it’s the best the Badger State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Wisconsin.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Madison with a population of 246,034 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 141 cities, 241 towns, and 380 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Wisconsin
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Wisconsin across a number of criteria from one to 141, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Wisconsin”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Wisconsin? That would be Fox Point.
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Wisconsin.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Fox Point at the end of the cul-de-sac.
If you want to live in Wisconsin, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Fox Point area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $113,854 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Fox Point as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Fox Point.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Whitefish Bay is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Whitefish Bay still holds its own in in Wisconsin.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Elm Grove one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Elm Grove.
Waunakee ranks as the 4th best place in Wisconsin for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
Waunakee has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Waunakee’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $93,132 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
Well, I guess technically 3.0% of Mcfarland residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 16th closest of any city in Wisconsin.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Mcfarland also ranked well for crime (26th) and median income ($78,009).
Mequon is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It’s quite a gem tucked away in Wisconsin.
Cedarburg isn’t just the nicest place to live in Wisconsin – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 53rd lowest unemployment rate, the 15th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Cedarburg definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Verona has a really low crime rate (41st lowest) and only 2.8% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($89,965). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Verona.
The tiny town of Oregon may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Wisconsin residents know, Oregon is a great central spot for making the most of life.
Who doesn’t want to live in Middleton? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.9%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Middleton in the news in the coming months.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Wisconsin
If you’re looking at areas in Wisconsin with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Fox Point made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Wisconsin for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Wisconsin
- Shorewood Hills (Pop. 1,996)
- Maple Bluff (Pop. 1,452)
- Howards Grove (Pop. 3,247)
- Bayside (Pop. 4,428)
- Combined Locks (Pop. 3,486)
- Prairie du Sac (Pop. 4,218)
- Merton (Pop. 3,535)
- Cross Plains (Pop. 3,914)
- Wind Point (Pop. 1,785)
- Kohler (Pop. 2,363)
Best Small Towns To Live In Wisconsin
- Park Ridge (Pop. 619)
- Hewitt (Pop. 792)
- Brownsville (Pop. 585)
- North Bay (Pop. 207)
- Dale (Pop. 523)
- Gibbsville (Pop. 473)
- Butte des Morts (Pop. 938)
- Dyckesville (Pop. 510)
- Lake Sherwood (Pop. 315)
- Ephraim (Pop. 266)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Wisconsin according to the data:
- Antigo (Pop. 7,930)
- Milwaukee (Pop. 598,672)
- Beloit (Pop. 36,812)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Wisconsin
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