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.
Well, I guess technically 1.5% of Fox Point residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 1st 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, Fox Point also ranked well for crime (12th) and median income ($113,854).
Whitefish Bay is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 2nd best place in Wisconsin?
Homes are priced around $350,700 and residents have the 64th shortest commute in Wisconsin.
The crime is the 30th lowest in the state in Elm Grove, and there were only 1 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 Elm Grove earn $119,512 a year.
Waunakee makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Wisconsin mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 3.7% of folks are jobless, you can bet Waunakee residents are glad to live where they do.
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.
There’s two types of people who live in Mequon. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $354,300 home there.
Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Mequon is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Cedarburg 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 $258,200 and households earn a median salary of $79,266. One could get used to that.
Verona has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Verona had the 8th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $89,965.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Oregon is another gem in Badger State. The unemployment rate here is 28th lowest in the entire state at 3.5%. Other factors that make Oregon so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $226,900, and parents earn a combined $76,480 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
Taking its place as the 10th best place in Wisconsin is Middleton. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin.
It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 4.9% helps thing too.
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)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Wisconsin
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