Milwaukee April 04, 2018
10 Things You May Not Expect When Moving To Milwaukee
Moving to Milwaukee is an exciting endeavor, but there are a few things you might not expect. Brew City is often misunderstood, and most might not know the perks of living in the most underrated city in the country! From the weather to our drinking habits and unexpected finds, here are 10 things you simply must know before taking the jump.
1. Lake living is life changing.
Even if you’ve lived near an ocean or a river before, there’s something magical about a Great Lake. Living on the shores of Lake Michigan means watersports all summer, endless beach days, and a shield from intense weather all year round. Having a lake as the backdrop to your life will change the way you live forever.
2. We’re as diverse as they come.
Milwaukee is a melting pot, as evidenced by the many different cultures are present throughout our city. Each neighborhood is home to a unique vibe, and everyone brings something incredible to the table. You can’t find a more diverse bunch in the nation.
3. The weather is bad, but you’ll learn to love it.
It’s easy to get discouraged by the cold weather, but at the end of the day
it makes us tougher.
Plus, you’ll learn how to drive in any condition and prepare for every kind of storm. Our winters also remind us that we experience all four seasons, even if we might experience them all in one day.
4. The summers are otherworldly.
With our winters feeling like they’ll never end, the summers are always embraced fully. People who live in Milwaukee tend to go all-out in the summer, celebrating from sunup to sundown every single day. It can be exhausting, but so worth it.
5. Beer is a big deal here.
Some might call it a drinking problem, but we see no problem at all. Brew City has earned its title: we love beer. Being the beer capital of the nation means that beer is a part of our culture, and once you’re immersed, it’s hard to go back. Be prepared to start replacing your drink of choice with a good brew, no matter how unconscious the decision may be.
6. Coffee, too.
After long nights of making friends at your local bar, we all need a pick-me-up. Surprisingly enough, Milwaukee has actually turned into quite the coffee town. You’ll never settle for grocery store beans again because there’s a local roaster everywhere you turn, and it’ll change your mornings for the better.
7. For being such an amazing city, it’s actually very affordable.
Living in Milwaukee is surprisingly affordable! As an up-and-coming city, you might not expect that living here is accessible for most families. With property taxes lowering and a cost of living that’s reasonable, this Midwest major city won’t break the banks.
8. We eat fish every Friday.
You might already have your own Friday night tradition, but be prepared to throw it out the window. Here in Milwaukee, it’s mandatory that all communities come together for a classic fish fry and some dancing.
9. Frozen custard is ice cream, but way better.
Where you come from, they probably eat ice cream. Here in Milwaukee, we eat frozen custard, and it’s sacrilegious to argue that anything else can top it.
10. You’ll find a new family here.
After spending any amount of time in Milwaukee, you’ll soon learn that the people of our little city are unlike anyone else. You won’t be able to live here without finding a new family that will help you out no matter what.
What would you tell a newcomer? Let us know in the comments!