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Milwaukee Livability #69 ranked city in Wisconsin#1,983 ranked city in the USARanks better than 93% of areas

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      Living in Milwaukee, WI

      Milwaukee is a big city located in the state of Wisconsin. The city has a population of 598,672 people. With a population density of 6,225 people per square mile, Milwaukee is well above the nation's average density level. Milwaukee is mostly populated by White (46%) and Black or African American (39%) ethnic groups. Milwaukee tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 31 is far below the national average. Milwaukee is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 50%, of the population (over fifteen) are classified as married.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Milwaukee could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Wisconsin if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. To help you find the best places to live in and around Milwaukee, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, commute, employment and more.

      Milwaukee has a livability score of 78/100 and is ranked #69 in Wisconsin and #1,983 in the USA. Based on this score, Milwaukee would be considered a very livable city! The cherry on top is that Milwaukee also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Milwaukee has higher than average rankings for the following: cost of living (A+) and housing (B). Milwaukee does not fare well for the following: crime (F), education (F) and employment (D). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Location, location, location - those 3 words empasize the significance of the location of any property and are possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Milwaukee, there are an abundance of amazing local amenities and other interesting things to do. These include grocery stores, coffee shops, places to eat and parks. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Milwaukee Art Museum, Miller Park, and Lakefront Brewery.

      Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Milwaukee has an unemployment rate of 0% could mean increased job opportunities with a higher demand for workers. It could also lead to higher wages as the demand for workers exceeds the availability of jobs. Most importantly, it could be a sign of a healthy and thriving local economy.

      A healthy real estate market serves as a key economic indicator. It could signify overall local economic strength, stability and reflects consumer confidence in the area. Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Milwaukee has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

      Assuming that Milwaukee meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Milwaukee. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Milwaukee are simply unattainable. The median home price for Milwaukee homes is $115,500, which is 30.8% lower than the Wisconsin average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Milwaukee, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 0% lower than the Wisconsin average.

      Milwaukee transportation information

      Statistic Milwaukee Wisconsin National
      Average one way commute22min22min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.4%80.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.3%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit8.5%1.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.0%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.0%3.3%2.8%
      Working from home3.0%4.2%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Milwaukee, WI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).