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Cost of Living

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DO MORE FOR LESS

In Wisconsin®, you can have more and be more. Our communities offer invaluable experiences that increase livability without sacrificing affordability. With better career opportunities, greater housing options and a lower cost of living, you can take advantage of all the Midwest has to offer without breaking your budget. Our low costs for the necessities make room for what enriches and invigorates our souls, making the life you dreamed of within reach…in Wisconsin.

HOW DOES WISCONSIN COMPARE?

COST OF LIVING

Source: C2ER (Council for Community and Economic Research)

HOW WE RANK​

​Wisconsin’s cost of living stays low while opportunities to lead a fulfilling life grow.

4TH

GREEN BAY IS THE 4TH BEST CITY FOR WORKTIREMENT
With its low cost of living, Green Bay made the top 10 list of places for seniors to work in retirement

SmartAsset, June 2018

6TH

HAPPIEST STATE IN THE U.S.
Measured by health, economic stability, and a lifestyle with good social ties and plenty of time spent outside of work

MagnifyMoney, 2018

 

#3

OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE
It all comes together in Wisconsin to form one of the best quality of life scores in the country.

US News Best States

5TH

BEST STATE FOR WOMEN
In this same ranking, Wisconsin tied for first for highest high school graduation rate for women, 3rd for share of women who voted in 2016 presidential election, and more. wallethub.com, 2018

2ND

LOWEST MOVIE THEATER PRICES IN THE U.S.
Home of Marcus luxury theaters, with huge recliners and high-quality food, Wisconsin is also the second lowest priced place to see a movie in the country. Expatistan

LOW

STATE AND LOCAL TAXES
Both state and local taxes are at their lowest point in the past 50 years.

Wisconsin Business Voice, 2017

MILWAUKEE

MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED CITY IN NATION
Thanks to its low cost and high quality of living, Milwaukee is making a name for itself as a top city to live.

Thrillest, 2017

3 TOP 10

DREAM CITIES: APPLETON, RACINE AND GREEN BAY
Many find their dream city in one of Wisconsin's diverse communities.

GoodCall, 2017

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WISCONSIN NEWS

From the latest announcements and economic developments to behind-the-scenes insight into the best state in the Midwest, find complete coverage of all things Wisconsin here.

HAVE A LOOK IN WISCONSIN®

Charming small-town living with close proximity to major metro areas

VISIT SOUTHWEST

Education, culture-rich communities and $1 billion in yearly research

VISIT SOUTH CENTRAL

Lake Michigan, old world charm and craft beer and Wisconsin’s largest city

VISIT SOUTHEAST

Scenic landscape, high qualify of life and an abundance of recreational activities

VISIT WEST CENTRAL

Extraordinary quality of life, outdoor recreation and business-friendly communities

VISIT CENTRAL

Impactful careers, family living and recreational opportunities galore​

VISIT NORTHEAST

Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

VISIT NORTHWEST

Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

VISIT NORTH

HAVE A LOOK IN WISCONSIN®

One thing Wisconsin’s regions all have in common is how unique they are. Every community in Wisconsin holds its own individual charm and characteristics, making our state one of the best options for fulfilling your personal and career goals.

From the natural playground of our forests and lakes to the vibrant communities hosting world-renowned festivals and farmers markets, Wisconsin balances enriching experiences with the essentials of a superior education and high-quality healthcare. Regardless of what you’re looking for, one of our safe, diverse neighborhoods is a good place to start being more you.

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WISCONSIN STORIES

Our residents are some of the happiest and most ambitious people in the nation—but don’t just take our word for it. Take theirs.

“I think the best part of living and doing business in Wisconsin really is the people. Everyone is so nice. I’ve heard people say there’s something in the water. I don’t think’s that’s quite right … I really just think there’s something in the beer.”

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GRANT PAULY • 3 SHEEPS BREWING • SHEBOYGAN

“We came here for the beautiful countryside, we came here for the schooling options, the access to amazing food. It’s really been a great place to start a family and start this business.”

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TJ SEMANCHIN• KICKAPOO COFFEE • VIROQUA

“Not all of the owners are from Park Falls specifically, but choose to live in this state because they find a quality of life that [they] haven’t found elsewhere.”

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SETH CARLSON • PARK FALLS GASTROPUB • PARK FALLS

“If this (game development with his current company) is going to happen – it needs to happen in Wisconsin. The state has a strong engineering background and strong education background, but also a strong artistic background. Wisconsin brings the best of these unique backgrounds together.”

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TIM GERRITSEN • BUSINESS OWNER

“Wisconsin is the best state for us. The balance of network support, the economics and the opportunity for social and culture. Wisconsin is ideal for anyone’s success.”

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WESLEY ESCONDO • BUSINESS OWNER

“Living in Austin (Texas) was getting to be too expensive. There are a lot of opportunities in Wausau with major companies. We took promotions when we moved here. And the commute times are shorter so I get more time with my family.”

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TINA & PATRICK REVELL • HOMEOWNERS

“Wisconsin is great for it. The cost of living is amazing, the people are amazing, you have access to so many things. You don’t need to live in a Chicago, San Francisco, New York … they are great cities, but if you can get  all those amenities here, at a much lower cost, why wouldn’t you?”

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DAVE HEALY • MADMARKER STUDIOS • MOUNT HOREB

“There is a sense of belonging that I feel in Eau Claire that I don’t think I would feel if I was living in a different city.”

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AARON BRICE • AMBIENT INKS • EAU CLAIRE

“Choosing Wisconsin was a perfect fit for our company and part of it was the people that live in the great state of Wisconsin.”

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LARRY KLENC • MCPHERSON GUITARS • SPARTA