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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Whitewater is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 14,766. Whitewater is in Walworth County. Living in Whitewater offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Whitewater there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals live in Whitewater and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Whitewater are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$164,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$721
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    68%
  • Own
    32%
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Whitewater 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    89.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    54.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    137.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    508.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    68.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    58%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    6%
  • 45-54 years
    6%
  • 55-64 years
    5%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Whitewater

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,563
National
$55,322
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Whitewater Reviews

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Whitewater is a great town. It is the perfect size with about 15,000 people. I love this town because everyone knows everyone, which really makes it feel like home. The schools are great. The downtown has great places to shop and eat. the college adds diversity. The summers are awesome too because the lake is a great place to spend time with friends. The 4th of July parade and carnival is the highlight of the year for the town, as everyone congregates to celebrate.
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Whitewater is a small town where everyone knows each other. The community atmosphere is fantastic, and everyone comes together to help each other, especially in the face of hardship. Located halfway between Madison and Milwaukee, and only 30 minutes from Janesville, you are never far from anything you could need. Having an accredited university in town is both a benefit and a drawback. Community members have the opportunity to continue their education close to home, while also attending one of the best schools in the nation. The only drawback is the immense surge of people around town during college move-in weekend, and move-out weekend.
The City of Whitewater is a quaint city with a small-town feel. It's comfortable and safe and I never feel threatened walking four blocks from my overnight parking spot downtown. The police in Whitewater, however, tend to seem bored and looking for something to do and that reflects when I witnessed three police officers block off main street only to issue a parking ticket to a car parked in a no-parking zone. I feel the city sees the students of UW-Whitewater as ways to make profit and they don't seem to be empathetic with financial struggles students face and will issue tickets for just about anything they can. I understand the city struggles economically when the college students are gone during class breaks, but they need to find other ways to fund the city instead of issuing a bunch of parking tickets and towing vehicles.