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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
DeForest is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 9,663. DeForest is in Dane County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in DeForest offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In DeForest there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in DeForest and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in DeForest are above average.
About DeForest...
Population
9,663

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$217,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$933
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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DeForest Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    56.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    75.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    805.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    47.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in DeForest

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,477
National
$55,322
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DeForest Reviews

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DeForest is an ever-growing community a short drive from Madison. My experience has been extremely positive! We were welcomed to the neighborhood and have been enjoying everything the village has to offer. There are a few great restaurants and expansion is under way for a new one. There are great classes offered for community members and many family activities year-round- splash pad, park trails, snowshoeing, parades, and many more great activities! Houses pop up on the market regularly and get scooped up very quickly. Being close to Madison, Sun Prairie, and Waunakee means many great shops and jobs are nearby and easily accessible. The easy access to the interstate means the Dells are a quick half hour away! A great community for young families and growing families.
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DeForest is a small town that can be a good place to raise a family. There are little safety concerns about living here. The thing I would like to see change though is the diversity in Deforest in regards to race, sexuality and income level.
I like Deforest because it does have a lot to offer From bike paths to ice ponds! We are getting a few more food restaurants and other retailers which is nice, but it's hard to keep these places open. I wish our town would put back into our community!