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Rankings

Rankings 2017-12-08T17:53:16+00:00

RANKINGS

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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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 and can provide 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

TAX CREDIT

MANUFACTURING AND AGRICULTURE
This credit virtually eliminates the income tax liability.

Wisconsin Department of Revenue, 2016

1 of 3

STATES WITH FULLY FUNDED PENSION SYSTEM
Wisconsin's fund serves 604,000 workers and retirees for the state and more than 1,400 local governments.

Pew Charitable Trust, 2017

160+

SPECIES OF FISH
Wisconsin waters hold over 160 types of fish, much to the delight of our anglers and nature enthusiasts.

Wisconsin DNR, 2017

#10

BEST PUBLIC PARKS
Wisconsin makes the top ten in the nation for best public parks.

Trust for Public Land, 2016

5TH

STRONGEST ENGINEERING PROGRAM IN NATION
UW-Madison's engineering program was ranked the 5th strongest in the country.

WalletHub, January 2017

800+

TECHNICAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
Wisconsin's technical college system serves one out of every eight adults.

U.S. Dept. of Education

5,000

TECHNICAL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN BLUEPRINT FOR PROSPERITY PROGRAM
Through this program, we've helped our technical colleges enroll additional students into high demand career programs.

2016 State of the State Address

CHAMPIONS

IN INNOVATION
Wisconsin is an innovation champion due to entrepreneurial activity and new business models.

Consumer Technology Association, 2017

#7

BEST CITY FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Madison ranks seventh in the nation for best cities for entrepreneurs.

Forbes, 2017

#2

STATE FOR SCALING UP BUSINESS
Wisconsin ranks second in the mid-market business sector.

American Express Power Index Survey, 2015

50+

OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATIONS
Prost! Oktoberfest celebrations take place throughout the state celebrating beer, fall and our German heritage.

Funtober.com, 2017

120+

APPLE ORCHARDS
Every year, Wisconsinites look forward to picking their own fresh fruit for pies, canning and more.

Wisconsin Orchards Directory, 2017

1,200 MILE

ICE AGE TRAIL
Wisconsin snowshoers love the Ice Age Trail along glacial landscapes.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, 2017

87%

OF EXPORTING COMPANIES ARE SMALL OR MIDSIZE
We help companies of all sizes find viable opportunities to reach global markets.

Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, February 2017

118,958

JOBS SUPPORTED BY WISCONSIN EXPORTS
Our international growth creates opportunities for our workforce to succeed.

Dept. of Commerce International Trade Administration, 2017

#1

MADISON IS THE BEST AT BRINGING MILLENNIALS INTO WORKFORCE
We're bringing fresh minds to our state so they can bring fresh solutions to the world.

CareerBuilder, February 2017