A study looking at the worst small towns in Wisconsin by a site called Road Snacks has gained some popularity in the last few months. A list like that really focuses on negativity... thankfully it looks like we can look on the brighter side with a new top-three list.

Today we get to look at the Best Small Towns In Wisconsin!

morning fog on lake in Wisconsin Dells in Autumn

How They Got The numbers

Once they figured out the worst small towns, finding the nice ones was easy.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey.

Things they looked at included

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest and lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Low and high housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • Crime Rates

They focused on cities and towns with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 377 to be exact.

Wisconsin Welcome sign at Marinette WI

Top Three Best Small Towns In Wisconsin

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3. Okauchee Lake 

With a population of 4,106... this small town is definitely on the bigger side when it comes to small towns, but Okauchee Lake still comes in at number three.

2. Shorewood Hills 

In at number three, this village in Dane County looks pretty nice! Shorewood Hills has a population of 2,214.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

And now time for number 1!

1. Cross Plains

Another big small town, Cross Plains has a population of 4,409. Cross Plains is a village in Dane County as well.  It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. You can learn more here.

There you have it! The three best small towns. Next time you're in Wisconsin, these might be some great places to visit!

Most "Redneck" Towns In The Midwest

Since the popular Youtube channel run by Nick Johnson has made a video about almost every state when it comes to redneck towns we decided to take the number spot from each of those videos and put them in a list of the most redneck towns in the Midwest. In no particular order here are your most redneck towns.

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