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 Place 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
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.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Fox Point. The crime is the 12th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Fox Point make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $309,000 and households make $113,854 which is good for 2nd in Wisconsin.
With the unemployment rate being the 24th lowest in Wisconsin and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Whitefish Bay.
Plus, the crime rate is the 27th lowest in the state!
In Elm Grove, everyone loves to call Elm Grove home! The median home value is the 1st highest in Wisconsin.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Badger State.
Elm Grove should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
Waunakee is feeling the love as it ranks as the 4th best city to live in Wisconsin for 2016.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (7th overall) and low crime (8th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Wisconsin”.
The crime is the 26th lowest in the state in Mcfarland, and there were only 8 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Wisconsin, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Mcfarland earn $78,009 a year.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Wisconsin, Mequon came in 6th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Mequon has an impressive history for a place of just over 23,663 people. The median home costs a cool $354,300 and households make $104,691 which is good for 4th in Wisconsin.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Cedarburg.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 53rd lowest in Wisconsin and the median income comes in at $79,266.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Verona 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 12th lowest unemployment rate, the 8th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Verona definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.
The Town of Oregon consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why Oregon ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Oregon are the 25th most expensive in the state of Wisconsin, with the average home worth a whopping $226,900. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Oregon if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Oregon residents have the 18th highest income in the state, and the 7th lowest crime numbers in Wisconsin.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Middleton 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 Middleton.
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 2018.
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)
For more Wisconsin reading, check out:
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- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Wisconsin
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- 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Wisconsin
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