The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wisconsin For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wisconsin have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Wisconsin.

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If your family loves milk, milkshakes, grilled cheese, fried cheese, cheese curds, beer cheese--all things dairy--then you should definitely live in Wisconsin. The trick, however, is finding the places in the Dairy Capital of the World that have all of the above and are family friendly to boot. And this is where HomeSnacks steps in: we've created a list of the best places for families in Wisconsin for 2021.

How did we determine Wisconsin most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in The Badger State with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 75 family friendly Wisconsin places that any family would be lucky to call home.

Now, if the thought of changing jobs is holding your family back from setting up shop in one of Wisconsin's most family friendly places, have no fear. Wisconsin is home to a bunch of major companies that are always hiring. Companies like Miller Brewing in Milwaukee and Menards in Eau Claire are keeping families employed and their pockets full. And that's a good thing, because there's a lot of family fun to be had in the land of the Cheese Heads. And that fun starts with Wisconsin's four seasons. You can take your family boating on Lake Winnebago just outside of Oshkosh in the summer and skiing at Granite Peak in Weston in the winter.

To learn more about our methodology and to see why Wisconsin's top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, read on.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Wisconsin For 2021

  1. Mequon
  2. Oregon
  3. Cedarburg
  4. Burlington
  5. Waupun
  6. Verona
  7. Hartford
  8. Muskego
  9. Waunakee
  10. Whitefish Bay

Wisconsin does have beautiful, mild summers, but super snowy winters; so for many, the burning question is: what is it about Wisconsin that makes over 5 million people--2.3 million families happy to call it home?

We'll tell you, point blank, it has a lot to offer. And this is especially evident in Wisconsin's number one best place to raise a family, Mequon.

If you want to see how Wisconsin's other amazing best places to raise a family faired, take a look at the list below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Wisconsin and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wisconsin For 2021

Mequon, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 24,144
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 67
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 31.0%
More on Mequon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Oregon, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,353
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 36.9%
More on Oregon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cedarburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,527
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Cedarburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Burlington, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,847
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 35.5%
More on Burlington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Waupun, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,276
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 31.3%
More on Waupun: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Verona, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,004
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 42.4%
More on Verona: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hartford, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,977
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 67
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 33.4%
More on Hartford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Muskego, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 24,946
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 32.7%
More on Muskego: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Waunakee, WI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,730
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Madison
Households with kids: 40.5%
More on Waunakee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Whitefish Bay, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,972
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Milwaukee
Households with kids: 43.5%
More on Whitefish Bay: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in Wisconsin anyways?

To give you the places in Wisconsin which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Badger State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Wisconsin, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Wisconsin, that meant a total of 75 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Wisconsin

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Wisconsin ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Wisconsin according to the data:

  1. Fond du Lac
  2. Ashwaubenon
  3. West Allis

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Wisconsin?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Mequon, WI 24,144 39
2 Oregon, WI 10,353 42
3 Cedarburg, WI 11,527 47
4 Burlington, WI 10,847 64
5 Waupun, WI 11,276 38
6 Verona, WI 13,004 35
7 Hartford, WI 14,977 42
8 Muskego, WI 24,946 37
9 Waunakee, WI 13,730 54
10 Whitefish Bay, WI 13,972 61

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