Best Cities for Homeownership in Wisconsin- Full Ranking

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Rank City Homeownership Rate Median Selected Monthly Homeowner Costs Median Monthly Household Income Homeowner Costs as % of Household Income Median Home Values 2012 Population 2010 Population 2010-2012 Population Growth
1 Suamico 89.0% $1,698 $7,025 24.2% $219,400 11,301 10,867 4.0%
2 Verona 69.7% $1,937 $6,861 28.2% $241,200 10,632 10,033 6.0%
3 Howard 65.7% $1,508 $5,111 29.5% $174,900 17,564 16,735 5.0%
4 Waunakee 76.0% $2,225 $7,051 31.6% $310,100 12,142 11,557 5.1%
5 Franklin 77.6% $1,871 $6,369 29.4% $237,900 35,236 34,058 3.5%
6 Pleasant Prairie 81.4% $1,861 $6,414 29.0% $229,700 19,658 19,124 2.8%
7 Sun Prairie 61.3% $1,750 $5,485 31.9% $209,600 29,274 27,808 5.3%
8 Onalaska 65.2% $1,452 $4,932 29.4% $164,900 17,740 17,137 3.5%
9 Kaukauna 70.8% $1,274 $4,450 28.6% $137,900 15,422 15,075 2.3%
10 Pewaukee 84.2% $1,990 $6,867 29.0% $274,900 13,274 12,963 2.4%
11 Richfield 98.5% $2,032 $7,865 25.8% $310,100 11,305 11,225 0.7%
12 Muskego 85.3% $1,885 $7,006 26.9% $269,300 24,118 23,726 1.7%
13 Bellevue 65.9% $1,465 $4,679 31.3% $173,700 14,482 14,053 3.1%
14 Oconomowoc 74.5% $1,794 $6,017 29.8% $235,500 15,667 15,265 2.6%
15 Mount Pleasant 78.2% $1,489 $5,093 29.2% $191,700 26,068 25,702 1.4%
16 Weston 62.8% $1,447 $4,564 31.7% $142,100 14,786 14,381 2.8%
17 Caledonia 83.3% $1,657 $6,047 27.4% $207,500 24,654 24,540 0.5%
18 Hudson 65.6% $1,687 $5,069 33.3% $211,700 12,732 12,333 3.2%
19 Oak Creek 61.5% $1,736 $5,759 30.1% $218,900 34,190 33,069 3.4%
20 Plover 61.1% $1,336 $4,977 26.8% $157,500 12,079 11,830 2.1%
21 Hartford 68.3% $1,633 $4,776 34.2% $190,200 14,104 13,747 2.6%
22 De Pere 63.1% $1,440 $4,697 30.7% $168,900 23,796 23,225 2.5%
23 Menasha 66.9% $1,188 $3,928 30.2% $116,300 17,213 17,033 1.1%
24 Neenah 69.0% $1,283 $4,264 30.1% $132,000 25,529 25,328 0.8%
25 Germantown 79.7% $1,741 $6,137 28.4% $241,700 19,756 19,609 0.7%
26 Allouez 84.3% $1,444 $5,359 26.9% $154,300 14,056 14,246 (1.3%)
27 Menomonee Falls 75.1% $1,815 $5,941 30.6% $233,700 35,595 35,221 1.1%
28 Whitefish Bay 83.6% $2,256 $8,892 25.4% $319,400 14,063 13,988 0.5%
29 Brookfield 87.5% $1,994 $7,334 27.2% $280,800 38,015 38,198 (0.5%)
30 Baraboo 61.4% $1,252 $3,991 31.4% $141,200 12,011 11,861 1.3%
31 Mequon 89.6% $2,438 $8,894 27.4% $358,300 23,164 23,097 0.3%
32 Janesville 69.0% $1,299 $4,090 31.8% $131,700 63,586 63,441 0.2%
33 New Berlin 78.0% $1,840 $6,353 29.0% $243,300 39,621 39,519 0.3%
34 Appleton 70.2% $1,321 $4,384 30.1% $138,800 72,575 72,620 (0.1%)
35 Wisconsin Rapids 64.8% $925 $3,096 29.9% $87,400 18,289 18,333 (0.2%)
36 Fort Atkinson 66.5% $1,390 $4,218 33.0% $156,900 12,401 12,303 0.8%
37 West Bend 63.7% $1,534 $4,548 33.7% $178,600 31,200 30,764 1.4%
38 Sussex 65.0% $1,943 $6,046 32.1% $271,200 10,489 10,262 2.2%
39 Little Chute 68.5% $1,348 $4,796 28.1% $142,600 10,447 10,493 (0.4%)
40 Beaver Dam 61.6% $1,225 $3,882 31.6% $120,100 16,215 16,133 0.5%
41 Grafton 70.3% $1,662 $4,820 34.5% $215,000 11,457 11,338 1.0%
42 Port Washington 64.7% $1,592 $5,099 31.2% $197,000 11,261 11,146 1.0%
43 Watertown 64.3% $1,461 $4,229 34.5% $161,300 23,838 23,600 1.0%
44 Waupun 69.4% $1,266 $3,639 34.8% $120,400 11,362 11,380 (0.2%)
45 Brown Deer 64.0% $1,525 $4,530 33.7% $166,700 11,980 11,867 1.0%
46 Manitowoc 66.2% $1,107 $3,548 31.2% $109,400 33,646 33,793 (0.4%)
47 Two Rivers 73.2% $1,114 $3,574 31.2% $101,800 11,702 11,873 (1.4%)
48 South Milwaukee 63.5% $1,473 $4,499 32.7% $166,000 21,119 20,971 0.7%
49 Beloit 63.0% $1,072 $3,171 33.8% $88,600 36,943 37,020 (0.2%)
50 Marinette 65.7% $906 $3,202 28.3% $79,000 10,943 11,095 (1.4%)
51 Glendale 71.2% $1,734 $4,924 35.2% $210,400 12,861 12,791 0.5%
52 Oshkosh 56.8% $1,207 $3,578 33.7% $117,100 66,046 65,507 0.8%
53 Stoughton 63.3% $1,604 $5,020 32.0% $195,200 12,695 12,599 0.8%
54 Eau Claire 56.1% $1,232 $3,618 34.1% $138,700 65,860 65,133 1.1%
55 Cudahy 60.8% $1,436 $4,315 33.3% $158,800 18,251 18,127 0.7%
56 Cedarburg 72.2% $1,848 $5,615 32.9% $244,900 11,425 11,382 0.4%
57 Wausau 59.4% $1,178 $3,476 33.9% $115,600 39,158 39,040 0.3%
58 Wauwatosa 66.1% $1,771 $5,723 30.9% $227,800 46,457 46,179 0.6%
59 Greendale 63.8% $1,708 $5,417 31.5% $214,100 14,085 13,980 0.8%
60 Fond du Lac 57.7% $1,199 $3,714 32.3% $123,200 43,027 42,898 0.3%
61 Monroe 65.2% $1,213 $3,433 35.3% $118,000 10,835 10,866 (0.3%)
62 River Falls 56.0% $1,537 $4,015 38.3% $180,800 14,986 14,696 2.0%
63 Ashwaubenon 65.2% $1,408 $4,530 31.1% $154,800 17,039 17,108 (0.4%)
64 Kenosha 59.4% $1,520 $4,137 36.7% $157,000 99,297 98,297 1.0%
65 Greenfield 59.6% $1,599 $4,259 37.5% $182,100 36,657 36,214 1.2%
66 Sheboygan 63.8% $1,144 $3,546 32.3% $116,600 49,308 49,734 (0.9%)
67 Green Bay 58.5% $1,250 $3,549 35.2% $130,900 104,226 103,960 0.3%
68 Fitchburg 51.2% $1,898 $5,089 37.3% $264,300 25,222 24,466 3.1%
69 Marshfield 59.6% $1,153 $3,565 32.3% $129,000 18,655 18,722 (0.4%)
70 Waukesha 58.9% $1,646 $4,839 34.0% $204,000 70,593 69,946 0.9%
71 Stevens Point 49.8% $1,124 $3,245 34.6% $113,200 26,673 26,482 0.7%
72 Platteville 47.5% $1,306 $3,349 39.0% $150,700 11,170 10,951 2.0%
73 Madison 50.1% $1,692 $4,497 37.6% $217,500 234,586 229,236 2.3%
74 Middleton 56.6% $2,043 $5,141 39.7% $271,700 17,589 17,164 2.5%
75 Chippewa Falls 56.5% $1,199 $3,159 38.0% $119,800 13,673 13,640 0.2%
76 Superior 55.7% $1,148 $3,429 33.5% $117,400 27,095 27,193 (0.4%)
77 West Allis 55.5% $1,440 $3,672 39.2% $155,300 60,334 60,009 0.5%
78 La Crosse 50.8% $1,213 $3,251 37.3% $129,100 51,398 51,232 0.3%
79 Burlington 55.0% $1,564 $3,849 40.6% $189,700 10,492 10,398 0.9%
80 Portage 51.2% $1,314 $3,520 37.3% $138,100 10,267 10,254 0.1%
81 Racine 55.8% $1,258 $3,232 38.9% $125,300 78,878 79,664 (1.0%)
82 Menomonie 42.8% $1,387 $3,208 43.2% $149,400 16,192 16,061 0.8%
83 Milwaukee 44.5% $1,386 $2,985 46.4% $134,400 594,328 589,697 0.8%
84 Shorewood 50.5% $2,162 $5,145 42.0% $288,700 13,154 13,144 0.1%
85 Whitewater 36.0% $1,307 $2,441 53.6% $171,600 14,385 14,290 0.7%

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Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from each of these measures:

1. Homeownership rate made up 33.3% of the total score. A higher rate earned a higher score. The rate comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 04.

2. Selected monthly owner costs as a percentage of median household income made up 16.7% of the total score. A lower percentage earned a higher score. Monthly homeowner costs as a percentage of median household income made up one-half of the affordability score. Median household income comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 03. The figure for monthly homeowner costs comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 04.

3. Median home value made up 16.7% of the total score. A lower value earned a higher score. Median home value made up one-half of the affordability score. Median home value comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 04.

4. Population change from 2010 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. A higher percent change earned a higher score. The 2010 population comes from the 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 05. The 2012 population data comes from the 2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 05. NerdWallet calculated the percent change.

Only places with 10,000 or more residents were included in the study.

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