If you are choosing to lay down roots in Wisconsin, and start your family, you already made a great choice. From great educational opportunities to excellent park districts to tight communities founded on solid values, you really can’t go wrong. In fact, it can be hard to choose a great place to put down roots. So we’re looking at 9 good choices:
Mequon is a great place to raise kids for several reasons. First, there is a strong community but it's within a fairly short drive of all the cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities that Milwaukee has to offer. Second, if you want academically-motivated kids, you should move here. There is a ridiculously high graduation rate and a very strong school district. For example, Homestead High was ranked the best high school in the entire state. The kids are smart, with almost 90% of them taking the Advanced Placement tests getting high enough scores to convert into college credit.
Kids are well-prepared for college in Muskego, with the average ACT score being just under 24. Your family will enjoy a really nice quality of life, with plenty of outdoor activities to do such as fishing and hiking.
Your kids will be in great hands with a very strong school district. In fact, 2 of the public high schools were included on a list of the best high schools in the entire country. You and your family will appreciate the great park district system, with trails to explore and ice skating opportunities.
4. Menomonee Falls
Yes, there are beautiful falls to gaze upon, and miles of trails to hike and bike with the family. Recreation is first-rate, with plenty of opportunities for kids to enhance and complement the skills they learn in school with a variety of programs.
If you want your kids to achieve academically, Franklin is the town for you. The high school graduation rate is just around 98%. Economic activity is booming, so hopefully your family will prosper, as well.
Germantown has repeatedly been voted one of the best places in Wisconsin to live, period. If you have kids, you're in luck. There is an excellent school district. There's also some great programming for kids after-school as well as during the summer.
Kids in Marshfield will have the privilege of being taught by good teachers and graduating at an incredibly high rate. Parents will enjoy a nice community as well as typically a short commute. It's all about work-life balance.
8. Mount Horeb
Whether you have a little or lot to spend on a house, you're going to get in a safe neighborhood with friendly neighbors. Solid schools and recreation make it more appealing. Even though it's the troll capital of the world, there are none here.
Kids and adults alike are going to love the Onalaska Aquatic Center, and all of the outdoor activities living in Onalaska provides. Meet up with neighbors at the farmer's market. And kids will really appreciate the library.
What do you think? Where are the best places to raise a family in Wisconsin these days?