These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2019


These are the cream of the crop in the Badger State.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Wisconsin.

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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:

  1. Fox Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Whitefish Bay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Elm Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Waunakee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. McFarland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Mequon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Cedarburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Verona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Oregon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Wisconsin

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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

Fox Point, WI

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10
/10

Population: 6,695
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $309,000 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.5% (1st best)
More on Fox Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Whitefish Bay, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,088
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $350,700 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (24th best)
More on Whitefish Bay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,085
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $355,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (6th best)
More on Elm Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,092
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $300,600 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (34th best)
More on Waunakee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 🙂

Mcfarland, WI

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7
/10

Population: 8,168
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $243,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (16th best)
More on Mcfarland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 23,663
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $354,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (14th best)
More on Mequon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,516
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $258,200 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (53rd best)
More on Cedarburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,113
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $273,200 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (12th best)
More on Verona: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Oregon, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,912
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $226,900 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (28th best)
More on Oregon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Middleton, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,707
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $293,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (70th best)
More on Middleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

  1. Shorewood Hills (Pop. 1,996)
  2. Maple Bluff (Pop. 1,452)
  3. Howards Grove (Pop. 3,247)
  4. Bayside (Pop. 4,428)
  5. Combined Locks (Pop. 3,486)
  6. Prairie du Sac (Pop. 4,218)
  7. Merton (Pop. 3,535)
  8. Cross Plains (Pop. 3,914)
  9. Wind Point (Pop. 1,785)
  10. Kohler (Pop. 2,363)

Best Small Towns To Live In Wisconsin

  1. Park Ridge (Pop. 619)
  2. Hewitt (Pop. 792)
  3. Brownsville (Pop. 585)
  4. North Bay (Pop. 207)
  5. Dale (Pop. 523)
  6. Gibbsville (Pop. 473)
  7. Butte des Morts (Pop. 938)
  8. Dyckesville (Pop. 510)
  9. Lake Sherwood (Pop. 315)
  10. Ephraim (Pop. 266)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Wisconsin according to the data:

  1. Antigo (Pop. 7,930)
  2. Milwaukee (Pop. 598,672)
  3. Beloit (Pop. 36,812)

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Wisconsin

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Fox Point 6,695 1.5% $309,000
2 Whitefish Bay 14,088 3.2% $350,700
3 Elm Grove 6,085 2.5% $355,000
4 Waunakee 13,092 3.7% $300,600
5 Mcfarland 8,168 3.0% $243,000
6 Mequon 23,663 2.9% $354,300
7 Cedarburg 11,516 4.3% $258,200
8 Verona 12,113 2.8% $273,200
9 Oregon 9,912 3.5% $226,900
10 Middleton 18,707 4.9% $293,100
11 Hales Corners 7,720 3.1% $218,700
12 Muskego 24,650 3.1% $271,400
13 Menomonee Falls 36,118 3.3% $228,300
14 New Berlin 39,807 2.8% $235,300
15 Sussex 10,716 2.7% $259,100
16 Brookfield 37,991 4.1% $287,500
17 Hartland 9,195 3.2% $266,500
18 Grafton 11,563 3.1% $201,100
19 Oconomowoc 16,289 4.5% $239,400
20 Pewaukee 8,225 3.5% $191,800
21 Wauwatosa 47,388 3.8% $221,800
22 De Pere 24,544 5.2% $167,400
23 Cottage Grove 6,729 4.5% $257,400
24 Kronenwetter 7,463 2.6% $164,900
25 Holmen 9,513 5.6% $168,600
26 Lake Hallie 6,603 2.4% $166,300
27 Mount Horeb 7,389 3.8% $235,300
28 Shorewood 13,300 4.3% $308,600
29 Sheboygan Falls 7,792 4.8% $139,900
30 Kaukauna 15,791 3.1% $138,800
31 Deforest 9,468 2.1% $207,100
32 Sun Prairie 31,721 4.0% $206,200
33 Port Washington 11,531 4.2% $182,800
34 Slinger 5,190 4.4% $191,100
35 Columbus 5,004 2.1% $153,400
36 Monona 7,919 4.1% $232,800
37 Jackson 6,839 4.9% $177,400
38 Allouez 13,933 3.8% $150,100
39 Little Chute 10,815 3.9% $140,500
40 Franklin 36,155 3.1% $224,800
41 Hudson 13,367 3.6% $225,900
42 Richfield 11,483 4.6% $295,600
43 Onalaska 18,396 4.2% $169,600
44 Delafield 7,218 6.0% $346,200
45 Greendale 14,303 5.4% $200,300
46 Oak Creek 35,218 4.0% $209,800
47 Evansville 5,176 4.3% $162,200
48 Neenah 25,849 3.2% $134,200
49 Altoona 7,193 5.0% $148,700
50 Glendale 12,880 3.0% $207,200
51 Sturtevant 6,961 3.7% $132,100
52 Waterford 5,344 3.6% $193,700
53 Waukesha 72,016 4.5% $192,400
54 Stoughton 13,041 4.9% $182,400
55 Kimberly 6,679 4.7% $138,800
56 Suamico 11,996 6.0% $220,300
57 Mukwonago 7,549 2.5% $219,200
58 Hobart 7,779 4.9% $234,900
59 Mount Pleasant 26,237 5.0% $180,100
60 Caledonia 24,767 7.2% $191,200
61 Lake Mills 5,796 3.8% $169,200
62 Plover 12,350 6.4% $167,400
63 Waupun 11,337 4.1% $120,300
64 Madison 246,034 4.8% $217,000
65 Madison 246,034 4.8% $217,000
66 Marshfield 18,410 4.4% $133,400
67 Sturgeon Bay 9,007 5.8% $136,500
68 Rothschild 5,307 5.2% $138,800
69 North Fond Du Lac 5,020 4.6% $92,100
70 Howard 18,950 5.0% $184,100
71 Appleton 73,446 4.0% $137,800
72 Burlington 10,571 5.3% $170,400
73 Hartford 14,350 3.8% $174,400
74 West Bend 31,661 4.5% $163,800
75 Ripon 7,712 3.2% $115,100
76 Plymouth 8,454 5.0% $137,600
77 Monroe 10,771 2.8% $124,700
78 River Falls 15,152 2.6% $174,600
79 Ashwaubenon 17,157 5.7% $151,600
80 Mayville 5,016 2.7% $139,600
81 Reedsburg 9,515 3.8% $128,200
82 Pleasant Prairie 20,395 7.2% $204,000
83 Brown Deer 12,075 6.2% $145,700
84 Elkhorn 9,931 6.8% $159,700
85 Edgerton 5,494 3.6% $142,200
86 Platteville 12,020 5.4% $149,000
87 Greenfield 37,070 5.3% $170,600
88 Bellevue 15,187 4.2% $177,700
89 Milton 5,574 5.9% $133,300
90 Twin Lakes 6,059 9.6% $171,800
91 Eau Claire 67,654 5.2% $141,300
92 Beaver Dam 16,440 5.9% $121,300
93 Richland Center 5,076 3.5% $97,300
94 St. Francis 9,516 5.3% $146,300
95 Stevens Point 26,714 7.5% $123,400
96 Fitchburg 27,254 5.4% $276,200
97 Menasha 17,930 6.1% $119,000
98 Menasha 17,930 6.1% $119,000
99 Fort Atkinson 12,470 6.0% $147,000
100 South Milwaukee 21,197 7.0% $154,300

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