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Study: Superior picked as best city to live in Wisconsin

By Rebecca L

Wisconsin is famous for cheese, beer and the Green Bay Packers, but there’s much more to the Badger State than meets the eye.

You’ll find big name colleges, including the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University, as well as a prosperous manufacturing industry, led by companies like Husco International and Standard Process. The dairy industry is also big business, earning Wisconsin its well-known moniker, "America’s Dairyland."

In terms of its natural beauty, Wisconsin’s geography is marked by rolling hills, dense forest and more than 8,500 lakes, including waterfront views of both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

You’ll find large urban areas like Madison and Milwaukee as well as smaller towns and villages that take a more relaxed approach to Midwest living. The unemployment rate is below the national average and homes are moderately priced, which is great for potential buyers.

If you’re thinking of moving to Wisconsin, the biggest question is where you should settle down. For residents who are relocating to a different part of the state, finding the answer may not be as difficult.

Whether you’re a newbie or a native, the CreditDonkey team has put together a guide to help you determine which Wisconsin cities are the best places to call home.

Following is what the column said about Superior.


Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime: 1 in 329 

Commute Time: 14.9 minutes

Income: $41,144

Residents Who Attended Some College, No College: 26% 

Restaurants: 1 per 269 inhabitants

You’d be hard-pressed to find a city more aptly named than Superior. Located on the western edge of Lake Superior, this city of just under 27,000 is a major transportation hub, with the Duluth-Superior port accounting for a significant share of the workforce. As an added bonus, residents here enjoy the shortest average commute - just 14.9 minutes - of any city on our list. Median incomes are past the $41,000 mark and the violent crime rate is below the national average. While you’ll find high-end dining options, locals also prefer more low-key spots like The Shack and Gronk’s Grill & Bar.

Did You Know: One of Superior’s main tourist attractions is the S.S. Meteor, the world’s last intact above-water Whaleback freighter ship.

Top 10 Cities

1 Superior

2 Brookfield

3 Stevens Point

4 West Bend

5 Neenah

6 Franklin

7 Wauwatosa

8 La Crosse

9 Manitowoc

10 Appleton

For more information on the best cities to live in Wisconsin, or to learn about the study’s methodology, please visit

Rebecca is a financial journalist from North Carolina. She has a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. She covers the intersection of public policy and personal finance. Send an e-mail to