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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
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
West Bend is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 31,649. West Bend is in Washington County. Living in West Bend offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In West Bend there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in West Bend and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in West Bend are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$169,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$859
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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West Bend Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    142.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    91.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,532.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in West Bend

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,815
National
$55,322
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I like living in West Bend for the most part. West Bend is a smaller city which is nice because I feel safe in my city and am able to navigate my way throughout the city; however, I do feel as though the diversity in my hometown is quite lacking. There are very few minority groups in my city and the few minority groups we do have are often discriminated against and treated poorly. Someday in the future I would like to see my city becoming more accepting of those that are different and also more inclusive. For examples, the public school I went to was not very inclusive or diverse, the school board often tried to shut down our only LGBT+ club, which was difficult to obtain, and we often had students write slurs on the LGBT+ posters. I will always be okay with those that have differing opinions from me, but I will never be okay with living in a hateful and noninclusive town. I hope that one day I will be able to see my hometown be more loving and accepting.
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I love living in West Bend. It is the perfect mix of large town and small town, suburb and rural. There is a lot to do including community theater, colleges and tech schools, free concerts on main street, a great public library with events for adults and children, and so much more. There is a hospital and several clinics in West Bend, county courts and resources, and even a tiny airport. There is also the Washington County fairground, which hosts all sorts of events and concerts, in addition to a really nice fair. Great place to live, very safe, and in easy driving distance to Milwaukee and reasonable to Chicago.
From a family perspective, West Bend is a great place to raise young children. It is your average small town that offers an abundance of daycares, after school programs and schooling options for families. As children grow into teenagers, however, there is less and less to do. Any form of activity is usually drawn out of the town into surrounding cities. The public high school is advertised as a nationally ranked school but the community within and the "support" from teacher, principals and counselors is non existent. Administrators repeatedly have been fired for taking money from the district, leaving the school with bursting pipes every week and lack of basic textbooks. The town is small so it has a rather homey feel for young families or older, retired persons. All around, it depends of the demographic of the person living there.