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Rankings2018-10-24T13:51:21-05:00

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When you say you’re from Wisconsin, it means something. We stay true to who we are, know what matters and do whatever it takes to get what we need to done. That’s how we’ve created such a diverse and interesting place to fulfill our souls and grow, and how we’re doing well across all aspects of life, career and business.

Discover all the areas in which Wisconsin excels below.

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6 TOP STARTUP ECOSYTEMS

Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Crosse, Eau Claire and Racine
These cities are identified as top startup ecosystems in the Midwest in the 2018 State of the Silicon Prairie Report

Silicon Prairie News, February 2019

7TH

BEST STATE TO RAISE A FAMILY
Wisconsin especially ranks high in affordability as well as health and safety.

WalletHub, January 2019

LOWEST

VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, MADISON
Of the 100 largest U.S. cities, Madison takes No. 13 and Milwaukee No. 76 overall for livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness

WalletHub, November 2018

#8, RACINE

CITY AMONG TOP 10 PLACES TO TRICK-OR-TREAT
Ranking based on density of single-family homes, low chance of rain and minimal crime

SmartAsset, October 2018

TOP 10

PLACE TO MOVE FOR A JOB
On a list of the 10 top cities with amazing available jobs, Wisconsin as a whole grabs a spot on the list.

Livability, October 2018

#1

MILWAUKEE THE TOP SPOT FOR FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
Milwaukee offers the best environment for "culipreneurs" who want to start a restaurant

LendingTree, October 2018

TOP TECH TOWN

MADISON IS NO. 14 ON LIST
City specifically cited for its entrepreneurial ecosystem and "limitless opportunity to land a job and grow as a tech professional

CompTIA, October 2018

MOST FORTUNE 500 CEOS

The University of Wisconsin is No. 1 with 14 CEOS of Fortune 500 companies

Kittleman & Associates, October 2018

BEST FOR MILLENNIAL FAMILIES

Among 150 cities, Green Bay (#10), Madison (#12) and Milwaukee (#93) offer some of the best living environments for young families

ValuePenguin, January 2019

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

 

DIVERSIFIED ECONOMIES

MADISON is #1, EAU CLAIRE #7
Madison and Eau Claire rank among the nation's top 10 metros; diversified economies are more resilient, enjoy sustained growth

Emsi, 2018

3RD

FASTEST-GROWING TECH TALENT MARKET, MADISON
Madison's tech talent is growing at a fast clip, taking third in North America behind Ottawa and Los Angeles.

CBRE Scoring Tech Talent in North America Report 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

BEST

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE FOR WOMEN
Wisconsin leads the nation in many educational categories, this is just one of them! wallethub.com

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

BEST

MADISON, WI RANKED BEST PLACE TO LIVE
Madison provides residents with affordable housing, great schools, excellent health care and a wide range of recreational activities and entertainment options.

Livability.com

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

19%

LOWER COST OF LIVING THAN WEST COAST
Wisconsin is the third coast, filled with cultural and recreational opportunities.

Council for Community and Economic Research, 2017

23%

LOWER COST OF LIVING THAN EAST COAST
And with 820 miles of great lakes coastline, and 15,000 inland lakes, you don't have to miss life on the water!

Council for Community and Economic Research, 2017

LOW

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

Wisconsin Business Voice, 2017

3 TOP 10

DREAM CITIES
Three Wisconsin cities were named in the Top 10 Dream Cities: Appleton, Racine and Green Bay.

GoodCall, 2017

#2

BEST CITY TO RAISE A FAMILY
Madison is ranked second in the nation for Best Places to Raise a Family.

US News, 2017

#1

CITY FOR STEM GRADS
Wisconsin has long been committed to advancing its STEM programs, which has made Madison first among metro areas for STEM grads.

Brookings Institution, 2015

$1.07 BILLION

TOTAL IN R&D FUNDING
Wisconsin entrepreneurs combine hard work with original thinking to create new possibilities.

Bestcolleges.com, 2015

17,470

PATENTS FROM 2006 TO 2015
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s (WARF) encourages UW–Madison research by protecting its discoveries and licensing them for beneficial use in the real world.

UW-Madison, 2016

GLOBAL

WATER CENTER
The Global Water Center is one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art water research facility for universities, existing water-related companies and new, emerging water technology companies.

The Water Council, 2017

9,000+

WISCONSIN COMPANIES SHIP GLOBALLY*
Wisconsin's global network of foreign trade agents represent 82 countries, providing in-country expertise in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

*Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, February 2017

670

GLOBAL EMPLOYERS IN WISCONSIN
These foreign-owned establishments produce 93,000 jobs.

Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2017

TOP 10

STATE FOR BUSINESS
Our business-friendly environment makes us one of the best states for business.

Chief Executive Magazine, 2017