Best places to live in Wisconsin

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Best places to live in Wisconsin

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Wisconsin using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Mequon
- Population: 24,144
- Median home value: $407,000 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,561 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $116,486
- Top public schools: Homestead High School (A+), Lake Shore Middle School (A+), Donges Bay Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Lumen Christi Catholic School, Trinity Lutheran School, Calvary Lutheran School

#9. Middleton
- Population: 19,487
- Median home value: $336,900 (53% own)
- Median rent: $1,081 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $76,011
- Top public schools: Middleton High School (A+), Memorial High School (A+), Sunset Ridge Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Primrose School of Middleton

#8. Bayside
- Population: 4,558
- Median home value: $341,300 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,331 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $101,231
- Top public schools: Homestead High School (A+), Nicolet High School (A+), Lake Shore Middle School (A+)

#7. Cedarburg
- Population: 11,527
- Median home value: $303,500 (70% own)
- Median rent: $860 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $88,487
- Top public schools: Cedarburg High School (A+), Parkview Elementary School (A+), Webster Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: First Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Francis Borgia School, Cedarburg KinderCare

#6. Brookfield
- Population: 38,358
- Median home value: $318,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,526 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $108,198
- Top public schools: Brookfield East High School (A+), Brookfield Central High School (A+), Swanson Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brookfield Academy (A+), St. John Vianney School, St. Dominic Catholic School

#5. Fox Point
- Population: 6,650
- Median home value: $325,700 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,252 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $117,903
- Top public schools: Nicolet High School (A+), Bayside Middle School (A+), Maple Dale Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Eugene School

#4. Kohler
- Population: 2,146
- Median home value: $252,500 (93% own)
- Median rent: $958 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $87,455
- Top public schools: Kohler High School (A+), Kohler Elementary School (A), Kohler Middle School (A)

#3. Shorewood
- Population: 13,290
- Median home value: $338,400 (49% own)
- Median rent: $1,004 (51% rent)
- Median household income: $74,745
- Top public schools: Shorewood High School (A+), Lake Bluff Elementary School (A), Atwater Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Robert Elementary School (A)

#2. Elm Grove
- Population: 6,153
- Median home value: $370,500 (93% own)
- Median rent: $950 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $106,058
- Top public schools: Brookfield East High School (A+), Brookfield Central High School (A+), Swanson Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Mary's Visitation School

#1. Whitefish Bay
- Population: 13,972
- Median home value: $387,000 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,243 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $124,397
- Top public schools: Whitefish Bay High School (A+), Whitefish Bay Middle School (A+), Cumberland Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Dominican High School (A), St. Monica School, Holy Family Parish School

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Best places to live in Wisconsin

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Wisconsin using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Mequon
- Population: 24,144
- Median home value: $407,000 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,561 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $116,486
- Top public schools: Homestead High School (A+), Lake Shore Middle School (A+), Donges Bay Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Lumen Christi Catholic School, Trinity Lutheran School, Calvary Lutheran School

#9. Middleton
- Population: 19,487
- Median home value: $336,900 (53% own)
- Median rent: $1,081 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $76,011
- Top public schools: Middleton High School (A+), Memorial High School (A+), Sunset Ridge Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Primrose School of Middleton

#8. Bayside
- Population: 4,558
- Median home value: $341,300 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,331 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $101,231
- Top public schools: Homestead High School (A+), Nicolet High School (A+), Lake Shore Middle School (A+)

#7. Cedarburg
- Population: 11,527
- Median home value: $303,500 (70% own)
- Median rent: $860 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $88,487
- Top public schools: Cedarburg High School (A+), Parkview Elementary School (A+), Webster Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: First Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Francis Borgia School, Cedarburg KinderCare

#6. Brookfield
- Population: 38,358
- Median home value: $318,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,526 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $108,198
- Top public schools: Brookfield East High School (A+), Brookfield Central High School (A+), Swanson Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brookfield Academy (A+), St. John Vianney School, St. Dominic Catholic School

#5. Fox Point
- Population: 6,650
- Median home value: $325,700 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,252 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $117,903
- Top public schools: Nicolet High School (A+), Bayside Middle School (A+), Maple Dale Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Eugene School

#4. Kohler
- Population: 2,146
- Median home value: $252,500 (93% own)
- Median rent: $958 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $87,455
- Top public schools: Kohler High School (A+), Kohler Elementary School (A), Kohler Middle School (A)

#3. Shorewood
- Population: 13,290
- Median home value: $338,400 (49% own)
- Median rent: $1,004 (51% rent)
- Median household income: $74,745
- Top public schools: Shorewood High School (A+), Lake Bluff Elementary School (A), Atwater Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Robert Elementary School (A)

#2. Elm Grove
- Population: 6,153
- Median home value: $370,500 (93% own)
- Median rent: $950 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $106,058
- Top public schools: Brookfield East High School (A+), Brookfield Central High School (A+), Swanson Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Mary's Visitation School

#1. Whitefish Bay
- Population: 13,972
- Median home value: $387,000 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,243 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $124,397
- Top public schools: Whitefish Bay High School (A+), Whitefish Bay Middle School (A+), Cumberland Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Dominican High School (A), St. Monica School, Holy Family Parish School

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