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A+ Waukesha Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Waukesha Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Wisconsin
973% less expensive than the US average
964% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Waukesha cost of living
A Waukesha Crime Total crime is 38% lower than Wisconsin
Total crime
1,15955% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8755% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-31%Year over year crime is down
Waukesha crime
C Waukesha Employment Household income is 10% higher than Wisconsin
Median household income
$59,8668% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,6583% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%31% lower than the US average
Waukesha employment
D+ Waukesha Housing Home value is 15% higher than Wisconsin
Median home value
$192,4004% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$8609% lower than the US average
Home ownership
58%8% lower than the US average
Waukesha real estate or Waukesha rentals
C- Waukesha Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Wisconsin
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%1% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Waukesha K-12 schools or Waukesha colleges

Living in Waukesha, WI

Waukesha is a mid-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. The city has a population of 72,016 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (87% White). Given that fact, Waukesha could be considered less diverse than other cities. 76% of the people in Waukesha (over the age of 15) are married and 55% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Living in Waukesha can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Wisconsin, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Waukesha and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Wisconsin and national averages.

Using data and statistics Waukesha has received a livability score of 76/100. This score is ranked in the 84th percentile when compared to all other cities. Clearly, Waukesha is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Waukesha has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (A). Unfortunately for Waukesha, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: weather (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Waukesha has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Waukesha County Expo Center, Poppin' On Broadway, and Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Waukesha gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 164 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Waukesha is actually affordable. The median home price for Waukesha homes is $192,400, which is 15.2% higher than the Wisconsin average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Waukesha, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 3.2% higher than the Wisconsin average. Real estate appreciation rates in Waukesha are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Waukesha homes comes in at 4.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 4.2%.

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Compare Waukesha, WI Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Waukesha, WI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mount Mary, Milwaukee8311.71,955
Mill Valley, Milwaukee7913.1899
Wedgewood, Milwaukee7912.51,774
Red Oak Heights, Milwaukee7912.61,086
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
River Bend, Milwaukee7912.51,402
Fairview, Milwaukee7812.83,930
Honey Creek Parkway, Milwaukee7811.9825
Rolling Green, Milwaukee78121,997

Best Cities Near Waukesha, WI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pewaukee village, WI843.98,225
Cedarburg, WI8323.811,516
Whitefish Bay, WI8218.914,088
Greendale, WI8213.314,303
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fox Point, WI8220.26,695
Grafton, WI8226.311,563
Port Washington, WI8131.811,531
Elm Grove, WI818.56,085

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The best part of my vacation to Waukesha, WI was that I found so many things for my entire family to do. This is usually a trying task for a mother of two pre-teens. I always loved visiting little known yet interesting places. I wanted to visit a new place that offered fun and entertainment but showed me a bit about the history of the place I was to visit. After a bit of research I found that Waukesha, WI seemed to be a great place to visit.

In Waukesha, we stayed at the Greek Revival Stage Coach Inn and found that it was a beautiful and relaxing home like Inn. I loved the atmosphere and so did my children. There are picturesque rivers and streams that line the county. We spent a lot of time sitting by the streams and talking. I found it was a wonderful way to spend quality time with my daughters.

There are so many arts events in Waukesha that you can take part in that you will never be bored. I took my daughters to the symphony orchestra and visited the civic theatre that offered a wonderful production that all of us enjoyed. We ate pioneer fare and enjoyed just spending time together.
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