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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 suburb of Madison with a population of 9,936. 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
9,936

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$220,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$971
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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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
    74.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    9.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    9.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    55.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    789.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    55.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    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
$81,211
National
$55,322
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DeForest Reviews

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The community is super friendly no matter what part of town you live in. It's also a very young community with a lot of kids. The people who are on the older side are those who have families that lived here for generations. The schools have been upgrading and expanding a lot over the years, and the education kids are receiving is very high-quality. This town is constantly looking to the future while simultaneously enjoying the present. New organizations are forming as the town becomes more diverse in their interests. There is something for everyone to do here.
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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.
The school system tries very hard to accommodate for its students, however there are many racial issues that are rarely addressed within the community. There are many small businesses but only a handful of them remain open long term.