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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Wisconsin for 2019:
- 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2019
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.
Elm Grove is another great city in Wisconsin with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Elm Grove. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Waunakee. The crime is the 8th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Waunakee make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $300,600 and households make $93,132 which is good for 7th in Wisconsin.
The Mcfarland has the 16th lowest unemployment rate in Wisconsin. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Mcfarland is higher than the national average and households make $78,009 per year.
We’d move to Mcfarland if we could in a heart beat.
In Mequon, everyone loves to call Mequon home! The median home value is the 2nd highest in Wisconsin.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Badger State.
Mequon should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
The crime is the 10th lowest in the state in Cedarburg, and there were only 2 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 Cedarburg earn $79,266 a year.
Verona is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $273,200 and households earn a median salary of $89,965. One could get used to that.
Oregon ranks 9th on our list of best places to live in Wisconsin thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Wisconsin that we examined.
People have been flocking to Oregon over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Middleton has a really low crime rate (35th lowest) and only 4.9% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($67,729). 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 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 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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