When you’re looking for places to live, you consider a lot of things. You likely want a place that has some amenities, but you might not necessarily want to live in a sprawling metropolis. These 12 Wisconsin cities are great because, while there are plenty of things to do, they aren’t too big. They are just right.
1. Stevens Point
Located in central Wisconsin, Stevens Point has a population of around 26,000. Besides being home to one of the UW campuses, there is a really nice downtown and several businesses.
This Northeast Wisconsin town is on the move, with around 12,000 people. More businesses are moving into the area, with several nice restaurants there already. It's right by a zoo and close to the water.
3. Port Washington
In southeastern Wisconsin, Port Washington has a population around 11,000 people. It almost has a touch of New England charm. It's right along Lake Michigan, with a nice art deco lighthouse, and a great downtown.
4. Menomonee Falls
This southeastern Wisconsin town has just around 35,000 people. It is home to many businesses, most notably Kohls. But with this size, there is a still a small-town charm.
This town is located in northwestern Wisconsin and has a population of just around 9,000 people. It's right on the beautiful St. Croix. There are loads of unique and eclectic shops.
6. Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant is in southeastern Wisconsin and has around 26,000 people. It is a quickly developing town, with loads of places to eat and shop. Check out Fortaleza Hall, which has a replica of the 1930s aircraft used for the Brazil expedition.
Superior, Wisconsin is in northwestern Wisconsin and has 27,000 people. It is gorgeous and located right on the lake. While the town itself is not super busy, there is enough to do. It's also located in Douglas County, which has plenty of places to hike, camp and fish.
Located in southeastern Wisconsin, Watertown has around 23,000 people. It has a very nice Main Street, with eclectic shops, places to get a cup of coffee, and loads of restaurants.
Located in central Wisconsin, it has just under 40,000 people. It is divided in two parts by the Wisconsin River. The town is nice for kids, too, with 37 city parks.
Alouez is located in Northeastern Wisconsin and has a population of around 14,000. It is right next to Green Bay, meaning you have access to all that city has to offer. Residents are friendly, and there are plans to make the town even more bicycle-friendly.
Located in southern Wisconsin, Beloit has around 37,000 people and is home to Beloit College. The downtown area is very nice, with a great downtown area and riverfront. There are loads of cultural things to get involved in, from museums to orchestras.
12. Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls is in northwestern Wisconsin and has just around 13,000 people. There is loads to do up here, especially outdoors stuff. You can take your bike out around town or the trails, or else go to beautiful Lake Wissota State Park.