The 10 Best Milwaukee Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 55 places around Milwaukee to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Milwaukee suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Milwaukee are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Milwaukee for 2022:

  1. Summit
  2. Whitefish Bay
  3. Fox Point
  4. Elm Grove
  5. Richfield
  6. Merton
  7. Bayside
  8. North Prairie
  9. Brookfield
  10. Mequon

What's the best suburb of Milwaukee? Summit ranks as the best suburb of Milwaukee for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Summit, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Milwaukee 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Wisconsin:

The 10 Best Milwaukee Suburbs To Live For 2022

Summit is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Milwaukee area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Summit."

Everyone here is rich; families average $112,155 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Milwaukee region. And only 1.77% are out of work. Homes average more than $406,900 each.

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Population: 4,922
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $112,155
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Summit: Real Estate | Data

Whitefish Bay is the second best 'burb we looked at near Milwaukee for 2022.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.33% of residents lack insurance, good for 18th best.

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Population: 13,890
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $129,331
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Whitefish Bay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Whitefish Bay, WI

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Here in Fox Point, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Milwaukee metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Fox Point.

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Population: 6,623
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $90,063
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Fox Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Point, WI

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Elm Grove ranks as the 4th best suburb of Milwaukee for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Elm Grove and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 6,156
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,500
Unemployment Rate: 0.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Elm Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elm Grove, WI

Coming in as the fifth best is Richfield.

Richfield gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Milwaukee area, where houses sell for an average of $341,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 11,782
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $113,190
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on Richfield: Real Estate | Data

Merton is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.36% which is 19th best in the area.

According to online reports, Merton is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Milwaukee area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 3,721
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $139,375
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Merton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Merton, WI

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bayside.

Bayside schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 8.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 4,530
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $100,571
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Bayside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bayside, WI

North Prairie is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.97% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

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Population: 2,542
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $117,596
Unemployment Rate: 0.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on North Prairie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Prairie, WI

Is 'Everything Better In Brookfield?'


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 38,626
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $107,380
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Brookfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brookfield, WI

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Mequon.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

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Population: 24,357
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $128,403
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Mequon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mequon, WI

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Milwaukee for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Milwaukee was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Milwaukee.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 58 suburbs to evaluate around Milwaukee.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 58 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Milwaukee." We're lookin' at you, Summit. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Milwaukee 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Milwaukee, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Milwaukee Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Summit, WI 4,922 $112,155
2 Whitefish Bay, WI 13,890 $129,331
3 Fox Point, WI 6,623 $90,063
4 Elm Grove, WI 6,156 $112,500
5 Richfield, WI 11,782 $113,190
6 Merton, WI 3,721 $139,375
7 Bayside, WI 4,530 $100,571
8 North Prairie, WI 2,542 $117,596
9 Brookfield, WI 38,626 $107,380
10 Mequon, WI 24,357 $128,403
11 Cedarburg, WI 11,592 $79,868
12 Shorewood, WI 13,248 $75,779
13 Wauwatosa, WI 48,143 $84,306
14 Hales Corners, WI 7,609 $74,191
15 Sussex, WI 10,884 $94,065
16 Grafton, WI 11,718 $74,918
17 Wales, WI 2,592 $100,625
18 Menomonee Falls, WI 37,611 $86,555
19 Muskego, WI 25,077 $95,472
20 Delafield, WI 7,541 $90,040
21 Waterford, WI 5,520 $78,542
22 New Berlin, WI 39,794 $85,577
23 Glendale, WI 12,890 $76,940
24 Greendale, WI 14,160 $74,661
25 Port Washington, WI 11,881 $71,029
26 Oconomowoc, WI 16,931 $96,588
27 Thiensville, WI 3,149 $73,846
28 Mukwonago, WI 8,142 $82,281
29 Rochester, WI 3,845 $93,613
30 Oak Creek, WI 36,321 $75,657
31 Hartland, WI 9,317 $82,546
32 East Troy, WI 4,310 $67,061
33 Brown Deer, WI 11,987 $68,821
34 Slinger, WI 5,500 $73,919
35 Franklin, WI 36,013 $81,321
36 Pewaukee, WI 8,139 $52,172
37 Pewaukee, WI 8,139 $52,172
38 Pewaukee, WI 8,139 $52,172
39 Pewaukee, WI 8,139 $52,172
40 Cudahy, WI 18,211 $63,280
41 Dousman, WI 2,116 $70,333
42 Caledonia, WI 25,182 $81,722
43 St. Francis, WI 9,600 $48,599
44 Union Grove, WI 5,031 $73,086
45 Saukville, WI 4,448 $58,456
46 Mount Pleasant, WI 27,008 $72,309
47 Waukesha, WI 72,419 $65,688
48 Fredonia, WI 2,466 $83,958
49 West Bend, WI 31,587 $64,879
50 Greenfield, WI 37,117 $61,988
51 Eagle, WI 2,138 $86,250
52 Jackson, WI 7,149 $81,301
53 Hartford, WI 15,228 $61,915
54 South Milwaukee, WI 20,857 $57,286
55 West Allis, WI 59,861 $53,634
56 Sturtevant, WI 6,606 $73,175
57 Racine, WI 76,893 $44,346
58 West Milwaukee, WI 4,128 $41,267

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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