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Rankings2018-06-04T12:08:51+00:00

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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

6.5%

LOWER COST OF LIVING THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE
Our lower costs for things like housing and health care leave room for you to do more of what you love.

Council for Community and Economic Research, 2017

TOP 10

MOST LIVABLE STATES
Wisconsin's growing career opportunities, access to natural resources and low cost of living make it a great place to build a life.

Morghan Quinto Press

BEST

CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS
Wisconsin’s “Critical Access Hospitals” (those in rural areas) were ranked Best in the Nation by the Health Resources & Services Administration in 2017.

#2

TAILGATING STATE
UW-Madison ranks second in the nation for tailgating.

Vitals, 2016

463

PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Wisconsin believes all residents should have access to diverse informational, educational and artistic resources.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

11

FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
There are also countless other non-federally recognized tribes.

Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association

WATERPARK

CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
There's over 16 million gallons of water in vacation hotspot Wisconsin Dells spread across countless indoor and outdoor waterparks.

Official Site For Wisconsin Dells, 2017

82,000

MILES OF STREAMS AND RIVERS
From whitewater rivers to trout streams, Wisconsin is a water enthusiast's dream.

Wisconsin DNR, 2017

15,000+

FRESHWATER LAKES
This includes two Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Wisconsin DNR, 2017

LARGEST

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RACE IN WORLD
More than 10,000 skiers have the "Birkie Fever" and participate every year in The American Birkebeiner 52k cross-country ski race.

American Birkebeiner, 2017

3

FITTEST CITIES IN THE COUNTRY
#2 Appleton, #3 Eau Claire #6 Madison. Wisconsin is a place dedicated to healthy living.

fitbit.com

SNOWMOBILE

CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Wisconsin offers hundreds of miles of powdery trails and a robust annual snowfall of powdery fun.

Wisconsin DNR, 2017

#10

IN NATION FOR CITY WITH BEST PARKS
There are a total of 52 state parks in the Wisconsin system, and Madison has some of the best in the country.

Trust for Public Land, 2016

LARGEST

PRODUCER-ONLY FARMERS' MARKET IN NATION
Madison's farmers' market is 2nd largest in the nation overall.

Dane County Farmers' Market

BEST

TRADITION IN COLLEGE SPORTS
The Badgers' "Jump Around" has 80,321 fans from all over jumping at Camp Randall Stadium.

Sirius XM College Sports Nation Traditions Tournament, 2014

LARGEST

MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD
Milwaukee's Summerfest includes 11 days of fun, 800 bands and 800,000+ annual attendees.

Summerfest.com, 2017