Wauwatosa 85 Exceptional
Wauwatosa Livability #45 ranked city in Wisconsin#1,109 ranked city in the USARanks better than 96% of areas
A+ Wauwatosa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Wauwatosa Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Wisconsin
1011% more expensive than the US average
964% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wauwatosa cost of living
B- Wauwatosa Crime Total crime is 62% higher than Wisconsin
Total crime
2,85815% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3515% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Wauwatosa crime
B- Wauwatosa Employment Household income is 29% higher than Wisconsin
Median household income
$70,63228% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$39,51732% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%43% lower than the US average
Wauwatosa employment
C Wauwatosa Housing Home value is 33% higher than Wisconsin
Median home value
$221,80020% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9783% higher than the US average
Home ownership
61%3% lower than the US average
Wauwatosa real estate or Wauwatosa rentals
A- Wauwatosa Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Wisconsin
High school grad. rates
95%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
61%25% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
Wauwatosa K-12 schools
A- Wauwatosa User Ratings There are a total of 11 ratings in Wauwatosa
Overall user rating
78% 11 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
77% 10 total surveys
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      Living in Wauwatosa, WI

      Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is a moderately-sized city with a population of 47,388 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,580 people per square mile, Wauwatosa is well above the nation's average density level. 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, Wauwatosa could be considered less diverse than other cities. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 82% of the population considered married and 59% with kids under the age of 18, Wauwatosa could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. To help you find the best places to live in and around Wauwatosa, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, housing and more.

      The livability score in Wauwatosa is 78 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 90th percentile of all cities across America. This is a fantastic score, as Wauwatosa ranks well in multiple categories! The cherry on top is that Wauwatosa also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Wauwatosa has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), education (A-) and employment (B-). Unfortunately for Wauwatosa, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: weather (D-).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Wauwatosa, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Wauwatosa gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 133 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Wauwatosa is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Wauwatosa come in at $221,800, which is 32.8% higher than the Wisconsin average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Wauwatosa, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 0% lower than the Wisconsin average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Wauwatosa area were 3.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4.8%.

      Wauwatosa transportation information

      Average one way commute20min22min26min
      Workers who drive to work85.0%80.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.2%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.7%1.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.3%3.3%2.8%
      Working from home3.6%4.2%4.6%

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