The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Wisconsin For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Wisconsin have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Wisconsin:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Wisconsin, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Badger State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Wisconsin that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Wisconsin at the moment? That would be West Salem according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Wisconsin for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Wisconsin For 2021

  1. West Salem
  2. Richland Center
  3. Bristol
  4. Columbus
  5. North Fond du Lac
  6. Rothschild
  7. Evansville
  8. Berlin
  9. Slinger
  10. Waterford

What's the best place to buy a home in Wisconsin for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Wisconsin and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Wisconsin.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Wisconsin For 2021

West Salem, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,005
Median Home Price: $183,400
Population Change: -0.2%
Home Price Change: 1.9%
More on West Salem: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Richland Center, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,019
Median Home Price: $100,600
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: 0.0%
More on Richland Center: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,038
Median Home Price: $266,500
Population Change: 0.9%
Home Price Change: 2.6%
More on Bristol: Homes For Sale | Data

Columbus, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,058
Median Home Price: $165,400
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: 11.4%
More on Columbus: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

North Fond Du Lac, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,076
Median Home Price: $113,600
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: 10.3%
More on North Fond Du Lac: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rothschild, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,287
Median Home Price: $144,000
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 4.7%
More on Rothschild: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Evansville, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,312
Median Home Price: $187,000
Population Change: 1.0%
Home Price Change: 8.5%
More on Evansville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Berlin, WI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,383
Median Home Price: $109,000
Population Change: -0.8%
Home Price Change: 3.9%
More on Berlin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Slinger, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,389
Median Home Price: $257,100
Population Change: 1.1%
Home Price Change: 19.7%
More on Slinger: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,452
Median Home Price: $211,500
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 8.5%
More on Waterford: Homes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Wisconsin for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Wisconsin. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Wisconsin with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Wisconsin with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Wisconsin, only 142 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 142 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that West Salem is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Badger State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Wisconsin for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Wisconsin. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Wisconsin

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
West Salem 1 $183,400 -0.2% 1.9%
Richland Center 2 $100,600 -0.6% 0.0%
Bristol 3 $266,500 0.9% 2.6%
Columbus 4 $165,400 0.7% 11.4%
North Fond Du Lac 5 $113,600 0.2% 10.3%
Rothschild 6 $144,000 0.1% 4.7%
Evansville 7 $187,000 1.0% 8.5%
Berlin 8 $109,000 -0.8% 3.9%
Slinger 9 $257,100 1.1% 19.7%
Waterford 10 $211,500 0.3% 8.5%
Edgerton 11 $158,200 0.5% 7.1%
Milton 12 $149,800 -0.1% 5.9%
Prairie Du Chien 13 $118,100 -1.1% -1.2%
Lake Mills 14 $198,100 0.8% 5.5%
Waupaca 15 $104,900 0.0% -0.9%
Twin Lakes 16 $203,700 0.6% 10.2%
Elm Grove 17 $370,500 -0.3% 2.3%
Sturtevant 18 $160,200 -0.1% 3.4%
Fox Point 19 $325,700 -0.6% 1.1%
Lake Hallie 20 $182,100 0.5% 6.9%
Kimberly 21 $146,900 0.4% 1.7%
New London 22 $133,300 1.6% 2.4%
Cottage Grove 23 $277,500 1.7% 0.1%
Jackson 24 $209,800 0.9% 6.7%
Mount Horeb 25 $262,900 0.4% 6.2%
Delafield 26 $387,200 0.9% 3.0%
Rhinelander 27 $90,600 0.6% -0.5%
Altoona 28 $157,600 1.7% 1.4%
Hales Corners 29 $226,000 -0.3% 2.5%
Antigo 30 $75,000 -0.2% -0.9%
Ripon 31 $122,800 0.1% 1.6%
Kronenwetter 32 $172,400 1.7% -0.7%
Ashland 33 $107,700 -0.9% -1.5%
Sheboygan Falls 34 $146,900 0.2% 3.2%
Lake Geneva 35 $197,300 1.0% 9.1%
Jefferson 36 $162,500 0.3% 7.3%
Mukwonago 37 $239,400 2.6% 3.0%
Monona 38 $272,200 0.7% 6.8%
Pewaukee 39 $211,100 -0.5% 6.7%
Delavan 40 $144,900 -0.4% 0.9%
Rice Lake 41 $130,200 0.5% 2.4%
Plymouth 42 $144,700 0.6% 2.1%
Mcfarland 43 $249,200 1.9% 1.5%
Sturgeon Bay 44 $147,000 -0.2% 3.5%
Shawano 45 $98,900 -0.4% -0.1%
New Richmond 46 $180,100 1.6% 8.4%
Hobart 47 $270,800 5.2% 14.9%
Merrill 48 $85,300 -0.8% 0.5%
Hartland 49 $292,500 0.1% 3.8%
Tomah 50 $120,600 0.4% -1.5%
Reedsburg 51 $141,800 0.3% 6.4%
St. Francis 52 $152,000 0.4% 0.9%
Sparta 53 $123,300 0.6% 4.8%
Holmen 54 $197,600 -0.6% 4.3%
Elkhorn 55 $176,700 0.2% 0.0%
Deforest 56 $234,800 2.4% 6.4%
Oregon 57 $256,500 1.4% 4.1%
Portage 58 $125,200 0.4% 2.3%
Marinette 59 $86,400 -0.7% 4.1%
Monroe 60 $126,100 -0.1% -1.9%
Sussex 61 $286,300 0.4% 3.2%
Burlington 62 $185,300 0.8% 5.0%
Two Rivers 63 $94,300 -0.6% 1.3%
Waupun 64 $120,600 -0.2% -0.3%
Little Chute 65 $150,900 2.3% 4.0%
Cedarburg 66 $303,500 0.2% 2.5%
Grafton 67 $234,800 0.2% 5.1%
Richfield 68 $323,700 0.6% 9.9%
Port Washington 69 $197,900 0.6% 1.9%
Brown Deer 70 $167,100 -0.6% 6.9%
Baraboo 71 $152,600 0.4% 2.6%
Platteville 72 $152,400 -0.3% -1.2%
Fort Atkinson 73 $157,000 0.1% 0.6%
Suamico 74 $249,400 1.9% 3.9%
Plover 75 $175,300 0.9% 0.2%
Glendale 76 $220,900 -0.6% 2.0%
Verona 77 $310,700 2.0% 5.5%
Stoughton 78 $218,100 0.1% 8.0%
Shorewood 79 $338,400 -0.4% 1.1%
Waunakee 80 $346,300 1.5% 6.7%
Hudson 81 $243,400 1.1% 1.3%
Allouez 82 $159,200 -0.1% 3.4%
Whitefish Bay 83 $387,000 -0.5% 3.7%
Chippewa Falls 84 $135,100 0.6% 9.4%
Greendale 85 $216,800 -0.5% 3.1%
Pewaukee 86 $315,300 0.9% 6.6%
Whitewater 87 $168,700 -0.3% 2.6%
Hartford 88 $188,000 1.5% 4.6%
Weston 89 $160,200 0.1% 5.6%
River Falls 90 $197,000 1.1% 6.4%
Bellevue 91 $188,400 1.2% 4.0%
Kaukauna 92 $142,500 0.5% 2.3%
Beaver Dam 93 $133,200 -0.1% 4.1%
Menomonie 94 $145,200 0.6% 1.4%
Oconomowoc 95 $259,200 0.7% 3.2%
Ashwaubenon 96 $170,600 -0.2% 7.6%
Wisconsin Rapids 97 $91,100 -0.4% 2.2%
Menasha 98 $131,100 0.2% 1.6%
Marshfield 99 $141,300 -0.5% 3.4%
Cudahy 100 $152,900 -0.4% 0.6%

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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