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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$115,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$798
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%

Milwaukee Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    883
    283
  • Murder
    23
    6
  • Rape
    73
    41
  • Robbery
    547
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    977
    500
  • Theft
    2,059
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,029
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,801
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

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Milwaukee is a hit or miss, depending on the area. Some areas (Riverwest, Shorewood, Third Ward) are extremely trendy and popular. They have so many options for activities, restaurants, night life, and also many outdoor activity opportunities. It is a very bike-friendly area! The coast and Lake Michigan are gorgeous. There are plenty of beaches and a ton of parks as well. It's a short drive almost anywhere. Traffic can get congested during rush hour times but not anywhere near other large cities I have lived in. There are, of course, very rough areas of Milwaukee too. Lots of thefts and violence, and areas I feel unsafe even just driving through. The city offers a lot for every type of person, and the locals are friendly.
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I know that if I were to ever have children, I would want them to grow up in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee has always been my hometown and I love my city with all of its beautiful scenery you can find anywhere. Lake Michigan is a breath-taking view from running in the sand with your dog to biking on the sidewalks! It feel like you're living the California summer life! I will not disagree that the late nights outside are dangerous but that is when the graffiti artists come out and show their creativity to the world! Downtown Milwaukee literally has allies full of art graffiti for those who want to express their art on the free canvas walls. We also have an incredibly rare ice cream stand in the South side of MKE called "Leons" and it has been famously known as Milwaukee's icon! Even Harry Connick Jr. has done a behind-the-scenes review on our great Leons!
Milwaukee is a "small big city" with tons of art experiences, culture and action that is similar to Chicago but, small enough to not feel overwhelmed. Milwaukee is most known for its active summer full of festivals of every kind right along the lake front of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is home to Summerfest which is a 12 day music festival with artist from all around the world and food of every kind possible. Milwaukee offers tons of walking trails, a beautiful Art Museum right along the lake, tons of libraries, and parks around every corner. Even in the winter time, which can be quite cold, Milwaukee offers ample indoor experiences at the Milwaukee Expo Center and State Fair grounds. Also, anyone can warm up with a delicious alcoholic beverage at your neighborhood bar (which will not be hard to find). Milwaukee has so much to offer and would take quite a long time to share it all. Best way to find out is to visit, get out and explore!