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The Best Places to Live in Wisconsin in 2024

By Alex Moretti


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If you’ve always wanted to move to a warm and inviting place, where you get to enjoy both hot summer days and some fun in the snow, we always have to recommend Wisconsin, simply because there’s no other state quite like it.

Nicknamed America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin is a fantastic place to live in, a cheese and beer wonderland, where you can make new friends and enjoy life together.

If you love your Friday nights with a cold one in your hands then you will absolutely love to live here, since you’ll be able to work alongside other beer lovers in the beer industry which employs as many as 60,000 people.

Not only that, but if you are a big football fan you will be happy to see the Green Bay Packers playing on Lambeau Field or the Milwaukee Bucks rocking everyone in the NBA.

Spring Green, Wisconsin
Spring Green, Wisconsin / Photo by Dave Hoefler / unsplash.com

Couple all of that with the fact that Wisconsin has some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world and you can instantly tell why it is such a great place to move into.

But the thing about Wisconsin is that it’s not exactly the largest state out there, quite the contrary actually. It is the 23rd most densely populated state in America, and on top of that it has a lot more towns than you’d think.

As such, we prepared for you a list of the top 20 best places that you could live in Wisconsin. So, without further ado, let’s just hop right into our first pick of the day:

20. Franklin

Franklin, Wisconsin

Starting off with Franklin, Milwaukee, one of the best suburbs in Wisconsin for the city dwellers that want to live a comfortable life, without having to sell off their kidneys in the process.

All jokes aside, living in Franklin is quite a breeze, as the median monthly rent is of around $960 or so, and actually purchasing a house of your own will only cost you as little as $224,400.

The public school system in Franklin is by far one of the best in the state, and you can expect to earn as much as $73,148 per year. That’s the average income here.

Once you get in town you will also be able to find work in the healthcare, manufacturing, education and retail industries with ease, because there are always many opportunities on the job market.

19. Brewer’s Hill

Brewer’s Hill, Wisconsin

The best part about Brewer’s Hill is the fact that it literally has no real downside to moving in here. First of all, the house prices here are astronomically low, and what’s even better about it is that it also features a very low crime rate, that makes this Milwaukee neighborhood a perfect place to move into with your family.

Second of all, the amenities here are great, and the job market is always doing great in this part of Wisconsin, so you won’t ever have to worry about not being able to put some food on the table.

It is more of a laid back place to live in, but a lot of us prefer this over living in a very crowded and busy city, which is always a plus in our books.

18. Menomonee River Valley

Menomonee River Valley, Wisconsin

With a total population of around 5,790 people, Menomonee River Valley is another great option from Milwaukee that you should consider, and for multiple reasons too.

First and foremost, you have the fact that a home here will cost you only around $151,799, and what’s also great about this is that if you only want to live in here for a little while, you can also consider renting a place that’s a very, very affordable option.

There are a ton of amenities to choose from, the crime rate is almost nonexistent and the streets are cleaner than ever before, so overall it’s a great choice to say the least.

17. Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Since we are on the topic of affordable living, we should definitely bring up Sturgeon Bay. This relatively small town serves as the home of 9,000 people, with the average home prices here going as low as $132,400.

In case you don’t anything that permanent to begin with, you will definitely find a good deal here, since rent will not cost you around $658 per month.

Needless to say, the public school system is great, and not only that but the amenities here are always interesting, since they are all specific to the season you happen to be in.

For example, during warmer seasons you can take part in the Maritime on Madison weekend festival and during the harsh winters you can experience the Fire and Ice celebration.

16. Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Stevens Point is yet another great option that you need to consider, if you don’t want to have to empty your bank account at the end of each month.

What we mean by this is that the cost of living here is extremely low, and not only that but it also features a lot of amazing public schools, alongside a ton of fine dining options that we always recommend checking out for yourself.

15. Stoughton

Stoughton, Wisconsin

The standard home in Stoughton will cost you around $218,000, which makes this quite an affordable place to live in, but what really makes this a great option to consider is the fact that the cost of living here is 3% below the US national average and the scenery all around the town is absolutely amazing to say the least.

Stoughton might not the biggest town you could move into, but it is one of the calmest and most laid-back cities, as the community here is great and you will rarely if ever hear anything bad happening in town.

14. Middleton

Middleton, Wisconsin
Photo by Pauliefred / Wikipedia.org

You can find this beautiful city alongside Lake Mendota, which already gives Middleton a huge advantage over its neighboring towns since the scenery here is sure to leave your jaw hanging on the floor.

Most people in Middleton make around $73,336 per year, and considering the fact that the unemployment rate is of 2.1%, it’s pretty easy to see why this is such a popular choice to begin with.

The standard home in town is definitely a bit more on the expensive side, with the median price being of about $361,000 or so, but it is still a great option due to how amazing the quality of life here truly is.

13. Wauwatosa

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Wauwatosa is the perfect place to move into if you want to go to a place that feels like a million bucks, while costing you a lot less than most other places out there.

The standard home here in Wauwatosa is as affordable as $227,200, and even though many would argue that such a low price means that the desirability to move in here is just as low, they’d be mistaken to say the least.

There are a many libraries in towns, parks, music venues, shopping centers and fine dining options to pick from here, and considering just how low the crime rate here is to begin with, Wauwatosa is sure to earn its keep in your heart from the moment you move in.

12. Nashotah

Nashotah, Wisconsin
Photo by Nashotah House / Facebook.com

Nashotah has a total population of only 1,305 people, so let’s just say that this is not exactly the type of a place to move into if you long for the busy city life with all of its ups and downs.

Instead, this is the perfect place to move into if you want to enjoy some peace and tranquility, a few minutes away from the big city.

After you’re done listening to the birds’ chirp though you will be surprised to hear that the nightlife in town is also pretty fun.

Other than that, Nashotah has a lot of job opportunities around and all sorts of amenities close by that will surely bring a smile to your face.

11. Maple Bluff

Maple Bluff, Wisconsin

Maple Bluff is yet another relatively small place to live in, since it only has about 1,500 residents at the moment.

But the price per home here is a bit of a doozy, costing you around $460,300, which should immediately raise a few eyebrows.

Worth makes this place worth the investment though is the fact that it is one of the cleanest and nicest towns to live in Wisconsin and that’s a fact.

The area also has some of the highest incomes in the state, with most households bringing up an average of $130,577 per year.

10. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Photo by City of Fitchburg, WI – Government / Facebook.com

If you want to live in Wisconsin but the other options so far weren’t green enough for you, then you should definitely consider going to Fitchburg instead.

There are a total of 26,600 people that call Fitchburg their home, with the standard home here costing you about $272,000, while the average rent per month is only $875.

The average household makes around $61,346 here and on top of that, you will never have to worry about finding work here, since there are over 2,000 businesses and services that are always looking to hire in the area.

9. Oregon

Oregon, Wisconsin

We’re not talking about Oregon the state here, but Oregon, the small village from Wisconsin, which might just be the perfect place to move into, if you want to live in a place that balances hard work and play to a tee.

This place has around 11,400 people that call it home, and what’s even better than its amazing landscapes is the fact that it has a very low crime rate, alongside a great job market and a ton of amazing schools for your children.

8. Historic Third Ward

Historic Third Ward, Wisconsin

If you like the idea of Oregon but you’d rather move into someplace that is just brimming with millennials, then you have got to check out Historic Third Ward.

With one of the lowest crime rates in the state, alongside a great property price of around $270,500, this is a great place to move into if you are looking to live a good life without a care in the world.

The nightlife here is amazing, and on top of that you also get a huge selection of shops, cafes, and any sort of recreational outlets you can think of.

Overall, Historic Third Ward really is worthy of being so high up on our list and we do mean that.

7. Fox Point

Fox Point, Wisconsin

The charming little village of Fox Point is actually ranked even higher on most of the other lists out there, simply because it is one of the most hospitable places to live in while in the state of Wisconsin. But when you compare it to the other places in this list, especially when it comes to what you get for your money, we think the 7th spot is more than appropriate.

The average home here is not the cheapest, with the standard asking price being of around $316,600, but with a median household income of $118,281 and a lot of amazing amenities to choose from, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t check out Fox Point as soon as possible.

6. Verona

Verona Wisconsin

Living in the busy city life is always going to come with its fair share of ups and downs, but if you prefer to choose a peaceful and more relaxing town to live in, while still being close enough to be able to work in the capital city, you should definitely consider moving into Verona.

The average home here costs you about $249,000, and while that may not sound like the cheapest option available, let’s just say that it’ll be worth it when you realize that the median household income here is of around $87,286.

5. Mequon

The City of Milwaukee

Many people make the mistake of believing that Mequon isn’t really worth the investment, but what these people don’t realize is the fact that a lot of famous people have specifically chosen this to be the place they live in over any other place in America.

Names such as Eric Benet and Halle Berry for example are mentioned pretty often to showcase just how amazing living here can be.

With the average income being of $101,986 though, who can say no to living here, even though a home here will cost you about $347,800 per average.

4. Brookfield

Brookfield, Wisconsin

Brookfield is by far one of the most affluent towns in the state, and we do mean that. With an average income of around $92,518 and a total population of only 38,000 people, you can already see why so many people have decided to move in here in recent years.

On top of that, the public school system in town is absolutely stellar, and let’s not forget about the fact that the local restaurant scene is downright idyllic, as you can get your hands on most any dish your heart could possibly desire.

Trust us when we tell you that you will not regret moving into Brookfield anytime soon, because it is by far one of the best decisions you could make.

3. Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Even if you’re not a big fan of the Packers or football in general, Green Bay is just statistically speaking, one of the best places to live in while in the state.

The cost of living in this town is of 20% below the US national average, and on top of that, you will also be happy to hear that the average home here costs less than $135,900 per average. That’s quite a bargain when you compare it to other towns in this list.

It is a very affordable place to live in that also has all the amenities you could ever ask for, including a great public school system and a lot of places to sightsee and festivals to take part in.

2. Shorewood

Shorewood, Wisconsin
Photo by Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin / Facebook.com

Shorewood is a truly unique place to live in, a place that you will love instantly, especially if you’re a big fan of the laid-back village lifestyle.

Part of the Milwaukee country, this charming village does have a total population of 13,300, but considering the fact that the median house price is around $292,600, it’s no real wonder that Shorewood ranks so high up on our list to begin with.

On top of all that, this is by far one of the most scenic places in the state, Shorewood sitting perfectly along Lake Michigan, giving it some of the most amazing sightseeing locations in the US.

1. Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay, WI

Speaking of nice views and Lake Michigan, this charming Milwaukee suburb takes the number one spot for us due to how unique it is and how amazing the quality of life is in here to begin with.

Whitefish Bay features a population of 14,100 residents and if you always wanted be one with the nature no matter where you go, it’s definitely the best place to live in.

A standard home here will cost you about $337,400 per average, and while that may be a bit more on the expensive side, let’s just say that you’ll instantly be able to tell why, the moment you make your way here.


Best Places to Live in Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Photo by Tom Barrett / unsplash.com

The state of Wisconsin is absolutely amazing to say the least, and we’re not talking only about Milwaukee. The small towns and villages here are always worth checking out as well.

It is one of the few states that we always recommend moving into if you want to live a good life and enjoy high standards of living at affordable prices.

No matter which of these towns or villages you choose to move into, you are sure to get your money’s worth, and while the prices may vary, the quality will always stay ahead of most other states.

For more interesting places to live in, check out Wisconsin’s neighboring states: Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan.


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About Alex Moretti

Adventure junkie, content creator and storyteller, Alex left his nine-to-five career lifestyle to become a full time world traveler. He started his journey to the unknown 5 years ago and visited more than 30 countries and 400 cities ever since. Learn more about Placeaholic's Editorial Process.

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