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Wisconsin : What you need to know

Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland and the birthplace of classic beers such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller, and Schlitz, and it’s also home to some of the best places to live in America, including two of our 2017 Top 100 Best Places to Live: Madison and La Crosse. With the rivers and lakes scattered throughout the state and vast woodlands, Wisconsin draws outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country no matter the season – ever been ice fishing?

The metropolitan areas of Madison and Milwaukee boast top art and entertainment choices. The Milwaukee Museum of Art hosts work from renowned artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Andy Warhol, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art houses the best up-and-coming artists. Music festivals, such as Summerfest and Eaux Claires bring local and international musicians together across the state.

A well-regarded education system is led by the University of Wisconsin and its 26 campuses. Kenosha, Eau Claire, Green Bay and Racine offer residents affordable housing, quality education and employment opportunities, as well as plenty of recreational options.

The Dairyland’s economy is run by more than cheese curds, with industry sectors in agriculture, manufacturing and information technology. The state is also home to 8 Fortune 500 companies, including Harley-Davidson, Oshkosh, Kohl’s, Northwestern Mutual and Johnson Controls. Wisconsin is also ranked no. 2 for fostering entrepreneurial growth.

 

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Wisconsin Profile

Quick Facts

Population 5,742,117
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $53,357
Median Home Price $165,800
Median Property Tax $1,402
Median Rent $67

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.9%
  Unemployed 4.1%

Race

  Ethnicity White 86.5%
  Ethnicity Black 6.3%
  Ethnicity Asian 2.5%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 6.3%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.9%
  Ethnicity Other 1.7%

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.9%
  Unemployed 4.1%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 18.4%
  Associate's Degree 10.1%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.4%
  High School Graduate 32%
  Some College, No Degree 21.1%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.8%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 91%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 2.5%
Construction 5.3%
Manufacturing 18.5%
Wholesale Trade 2.7%
Retail Trade 11.3%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.3%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 6.1%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 8.1%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 23.3%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 8.7%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.2%
Public Administration 3.5%

Housing

  Homes Rent 67.3%
  Homes Owned 32.7%

Wisconsin Rankings

Best places to Live in Wisconsin

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Abbotsford 2,179 $102,700 $38,611
Abrams 401 $124,600 $65,500
Adams 1,660 $82,800 $28,341
Adell 459 $136,000 $68,000
Albany 1,268 $118,500 $43,304
Algoma 3,131 $97,400 $40,714
Allenton 950 $161,300 $65,625
Allouez 13,947 $152,400 $66,309
Alma 678 $133,300 $39,239
Alma Center 514 $89,700 $37,875
Almena 684 $83,100 $38,313
Almond 510 $83,300 $43,000
Altoona 7,053 $151,400 $51,675
Amberg 164 $65,800 $21,042
Amery 2,865 $120,300 $38,673
Amherst 1,220 $132,800 $38,603
Amherst Junction 403 $169,600 $66,042
Angelica 87 $166,700 $56,250
Aniwa 243 $92,500 $35,500
Antigo 8,001 $81,200 $34,225