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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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MADISON #1

CITY WHERE WOMEN ARE FINDING GREAT SUCCESS
Women here have an unemployment rate of just 1.60%, and almost 30% have a bachelor's degree

SmartAsset, 2019

7 OF THE TOP 25

PLACES FOR MILLENNIALS TO MOVE
Oshkosh, Sheboygan and Wausau cracked the top 10, with La Crosse/Onalaska, Appleton, Green Bay and Eau Claire close behind.

Reviews.org, 2019

2 BEST SPORTS BAR CITIES

Milwaukee takes #3, Madison #5
If you love sports bars, Madison and Milwaukee have you covered

Livability, 2019

UW-MADISON #12

Among public colleges
Moves up in 2019 academic rankings of U.S. public colleges

Business First, 2019

#2

STATE FOR DOCTORS
Wisconsin's opportunities and overall medical environment provide doctors with a sound path to success

WalletHub, 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

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

 

#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