Why deal with the stress of the hustle and bustle of the big city when you can spread out, slow down, and enjoy life? Well, there are plenty of Wisconsin towns that you can have total peace and quiet. Here are ten.
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Wyalusing is in Southwestern Wisconsin, in Grant County. 370 people call Wyalusing home. It is an absolutely gorgeous town, as it is right at the junction of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. There are tons of forests, bluffs, and wetlands.
2. La Farge
About 750 people call La Farge home. La Farge is located in Vernon County, which is also is Southwestern Wisconsin. La Farge is sort of away from it all already, but if you really want to get away, you can hop in your canoe and travel up the Kickapoo River.
3. Elk Mound
Around 900 people call the town of Elk Mound home. Elk Mound is in Dunn County, Wisconsin, located in the Northwestern part of the state. The town is located in the beautiful Chippewa valley. Maybe the most interesting part (if you are a Packers fan) is resident Carl Gerbschmidt. He curates both a Green Bay Packers wax museum and an Ice Bowl exhibit in his personal residence.
4. New Glarus
In Green County, the town of New Glarus has about 2,000 residents. You know of New Glarus because of their fantastic brews, but you just might want to move here. New Glarus has Swiss heritage, and has maintained it, down to Swiss flags and Swiss-style chalets. Even if you live out on a farm, there are some good places for you to eat and drink in town.
Just about 1,000 people call Colfax home. Colfax is located in Dunn County, and takes up a whopping 1.41 square miles. But you will absolutely love it for its rolling hills and farmland.
In Dane County, just under 700 people live in Primrose. It's a quiet town, but people generally know one another. The town isn't horribly far from Madison, either, so if you need something from the big city, it won't take too long to get it.
In Eau Claire County, Augusta has just around 1500 residents. But the town is small, and is located entirely within the bounds of another town (Bridge Creek). Maybe the biggest thing going on here is the 4th of July Festival, called "Bean and Bacon Days." Many Amish people surround the community, really giving it that sense of stepping back in time.
In Oneida County, Minocqua has just under 5,000 people. But being that it is surrounded by water, it definitely feels like Minocqua is away from it all. It is bordered by Squirrel Lake, Diamond Lake, and Booth Lake. If you like to be out on the water, this is definitely the place for you.
This town has to have the cutest name. Butternut is in Ashland County, pretty far north in Wisconsin. Only 375 people call Butternut home. Up here, you can fish and get outdoors. And there are even free lots available for residential construction right now. That might just be the perfect opportunity for you to become a Butternutian.
With just 500 people, Oulu is WAY Up Nort' over in Bayfield County. It was named after Oulu, Finland, and its history was influenced by its Finnish settlers. The town is definitely away from it all, but you won't feel alone. There is a strong community here, based around church and common outdoor interests.
Do you live in a Wisconsin town that is away from it all? Let us know in the comments.