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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Manitowoc is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 32,798. Manitowoc is in Manitowoc County. Living in Manitowoc offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Manitowoc there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Manitowoc and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Manitowoc are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$104,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$645
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Manitowoc Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    175.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    15.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    316.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,634.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    79.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Manitowoc

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,485
National
$55,322
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Manitowoc is my hometown, so a part of me will always love it. I have lived away for over 4 years now, and I see it much differently and maybe more accurately.

The pros: beautiful lakeshore, small community feel, friendly residents, outdoor recreation, very little traffic, close to other metropolitan areas, interesting history (Mirro, shipbuilding), gorgeous historic homes and buildings, affordable home prices, good schools.

The cons: jobs mostly in the manufacturing sector, not a lot of entertainment, a dying downtown (despite what the mayor says), some small town/small minded attitudes towards diversity and progressive views, drug issues (which seem to be most places these days) and the increase in crime that comes with it.

I feel like Manitowoc has so much potential, but it will never be realized, sadly. It’s a very cliquey town and seems stuck in its ways. A place I have fond memories of, but can’t imagine ever making my home again.
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This is a small quiet city with a great view of Lake Michigan. The school is greatly involved with the community but for younger adults, there may not be enough stimulation such as recreational areas like the mall. The local restaurants are diverse and the local Laos store makes amazing food!
Manitowoc, my home town is a very small and quiet city, there is no nightlife meaning that there is no one making the city at night feel incredible. The morning is very bland everyone justs works and there really is not much community walking around, there are small community groups but as a whole, it doesn't feel like a fun place to live. I would love to see more life in Manitowoc, more people roaming around, more big parks, more places to hang out at. I want the city to live loud not die queit.