The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin For 2021


We analyzed over 75 places in Wisconsin to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Wisconsin.

If you live in Wisconsin and need to think about retirement now, don't waste another minute, read this.

Yes, if ice fishing just off of La Crosse's Goose Island and cheering on the Green Bay Packers with other loyal Cheeseheads is on your bucket list, then look no further than HomeSnacks' list of the best places to retire in Wisconsin for 2021. You'll be happy that you did.

But first, how did we determine the best places to retire in the Badger State? Well, we know that when people are searching for the best places to retire, they are also looking for things like convenience, affordable healthcare, and an economy that protects their bottom line. So, to identify Wisconsin's top ten, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 76 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, amenities, rent and distance to closest national airport for every place with over 10,000 residents.

And if you guessed that most of Wisconsin's best places to retire are centered around the state's biggest cities like Milwaukee and Kenosha, you guessed right. Many of the state's retirees want to live in urban areas where they don't have to drive and they don't have to mow a lawn.

So, want to know where Wisconsin's best places to retire are located? Keep reading

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin For 2021

  1. Two Rivers
  2. Cedarburg
  3. Cudahy
  4. Marinette
  5. Waupun
  6. Burlington
  7. Manitowoc
  8. Mequon
  9. Monroe
  10. Kaukauna

Why did Two Rivers take the top spot? And where are Milwaukee and Madison?

When you choose to live in one of Wisconsin's best places to retire, you are choosing to live where your dollar will go the furthest, where you will have the most fun, and where your safety is a priority. Yes, it's not lost on us that many of Wisconsin's best places to retire are also the state's safest.

So, where is the best place to retire in Wisconsin? According to the latest data, Two Rivers is the best place to retire in Wisconsin for 2021.

To see how your favorite places in Wisconsin compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin For 2021

Two Rivers, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,154
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $673
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Two Rivers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cedarburg, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,527
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $860
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Cedarburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cudahy, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,271
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $815
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
More on Cudahy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marinette, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,608
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Rent: $699
Distance to Closest Airport: 48 miles
More on Marinette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waupun, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,276
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $701
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
More on Waupun: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Burlington, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,847
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $846
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manitowoc, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 32,702
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $665
Distance to Closest Airport: 34 miles
More on Manitowoc: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mequon, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 24,144
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,561
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Mequon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Monroe, WI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,625
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $752
Distance to Closest Airport: 91 miles
More on Monroe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kaukauna, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,070
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $855
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
More on Kaukauna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Badger State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in Wisconsin to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Badger State -- 773 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 76 places from across the state.

For these 76, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 76, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Two Rivers, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Wisconsin Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Wisconsin goes to Two Rivers.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Madison
  2. Fitchburg
  3. Eau Claire

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Wisconsin?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Two Rivers 11,154 $673
2 Cedarburg 11,527 $860
3 Cudahy 18,271 $815
4 Marinette 10,608 $699
5 Waupun 11,276 $701
6 Burlington 10,847 $846
7 Manitowoc 32,702 $665
8 Mequon 24,144 $1,561
9 Monroe 10,625 $752
10 Kaukauna 16,070 $855

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