The 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2023

The worst places to live in Wisconsin are Beloit and Milwaukee for 2023 based on Friday Night Science.

Wisconsin might be one of the most misunderstood states in America. If you live there, you most likely wouldn’t live anywhere else. If you’ve been there, you understand why people make it their home.

If you’ve never been there, you probably think it’s some place with a bunch of farms and snow. Which it kinda is, right?

But most of the people who will read this live in Wisconsin. And you know how good you have it up there.

But is it all great in The Big Cheese? Of course not. Just like every other state, Wisconsin has its trouble spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which cities in the Badger State are the least desirable to live in.

After analyzing 141 of the state’s most populous cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst (not wurst) places to live in Wisconsin:

The 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2023

  1. Beloit
  2. Milwaukee
  3. Portage
  4. Wisconsin Rapids
  5. Antigo
  6. Rice Lake
  7. Ashland
  8. Shawano
  9. Racine
  10. Jefferson

Where are these places, you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small towns in Wisconsin, that’s not the case.

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. For example, the best place to live in Wisconsin is Fox Point.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), the state has far better options for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Wisconsin? The worst place to live in Wisconsin is Beloit.

Read below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your city fared in 2023.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2023

Beloit, WI

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Population: 36,567
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $102,100
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
More on Beloit:  Data | Photos

Beloit is the last city you hit when you’re driving route on Highway 90 on your way to Illinois. According to the data, it might be one of the last places you want to move.

Beloit is actually slightly more dangerous than Merrill and Rhinelander. There was a murder here in 2022, and residents had a 1 in 43.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Meaning lots of stolen laptops, cell phones and Aaron Rodgers jerseys.

The unemployment rate in Beloit is through the roof, as more than 7.0% of the population can’t get a job. At least their mortgages aren’t too high; at $102,100, Beloit has the 7th-lowest home prices in the state of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee, WI

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Population: 578,198
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $135,600
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
More on Milwaukee:  Data | Photos

Milwaukee represents the largest urban area in Wisconsin. As such, you can find most of the big-city draws, from professional sports teams to museums to shops and restaurants. Located along Lake Michigan, you also get easy access to a scenic waterfront.

Unfortunately, being a large metropolitan area (with a population of 578,198), you also get some of those big-city problems. These leave Milwaukee among the state’s worst hometowns.

Milwaukee’s crime rate runs nearly 60% above the national average. The economy also comes up short. The unemployment rate stands at 6.2% and the median income hovers at $45,318. Schools and housing also hold the area back.

Portage, WI

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Population: 10,351
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $151,000
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
More on Portage:  Data | Photos

Portage is located in the middle of the state, about 45 minutes north of the state capital of Madison. Like many towns named “Portage,” its name comes from its position on a river. In this case, the Wisconsin River runs alongside of town, leading to excellent views at places like Pauquette Park.

Still, a sluggish economy, a lack of diversity, and concerns about housing make this one of Wisconsin’s least appealing locations. The town’s 10,351 residents contend with a 7.9% unemployment rate and a $56,303 median income.

Education is also a concern. There are some excellent schools outside of town, but the local institutions have scores of 6/10 or worse on Great Schools.

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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Population: 18,711
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $94,000
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
More on Wisconsin Rapids:  Data | Photos

Wisconsin Rapids sounds like an excellent waterpark. The name does refer to a particular part of the Wisconsin River, where this town is built in the center of the state. Unfortunately, life in Wisconsin Rapids isn’t a thrilling splash adventure. In fact, the town ranks as the number 4 worst place to live in Badger State.

For such a small town (population: 18,711), Wisconsin Rapids has a major crime problem. The crime rate runs more than 30% above the national average. Locals also struggle with housing issues and a lackluster economy. Schools are also weak, topping out at just 6/10 on Great Schools.

Antigo, WI

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Population: 8,054
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $80,500
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
More on Antigo:  Data | Photos

What the heck is going on in little Antigo? The crime is the 25th highest in the state of Wisconsin. Here, residents have a 1 in 47.4 chance of being robbed. That means if you live here, and didn’t have something stolen from you, there’s a good chance your neighbor did.

That ratio is one of the highest we’ve seen in the nation. Perhaps the high unemployment rate has something to do with it. More than 8.5% of Antigo residents were without jobs in the latest numbers we collected, which is the 2nd highest in the state.

Rice Lake, WI

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Population: 8,851
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $152,200
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
More on Rice Lake:  Data | Photos

If you want to live in an area where people are underpaid and there’s a lot of crime, then move to Rice Lake, a tiny blip an hour north of Eau Claire where residents don’t have much to do except stare out over’Rice Lake.

Crime is the 9th highest in the state, and residents earn the 9th lowest incomes in Wisconsin.

A bright side to living here is the quality of the schools. Public school kids get far more attention and resources than their Wisconsin peers.

Ashland, WI

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Population: 7,890
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $112,200
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
More on Ashland:  Data | Photos

LIttle Ashland is practically in the U.P., so, while summers are absolutely fantastic, the rest of the year ranges from tolerable to absolutely miserable, weather wise.

Crime in Ashland isn’t downright horrible, but it’s in the highest 15% in Wisconsin. Folks way up here earn poor salaries, and many have trouble getting jobs. The unemployment rate is at nearly 9%.

If there’s a bright side for Ashland, it’s the education ranking. The public schools here are rated towards the top when you factor in the amount spent per student and the teacher-student ratio. So at least they have that.

Shawano, WI

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Population: 9,227
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $106,200
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
More on Shawano:  Data | Photos

Racine, WI

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Population: 77,705
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $125,600
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
More on Racine:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Racine. Home of the laziest people in the state of Wisconsin, where more than 1 in 17.2 are without jobs, crime is rampant (5highest in the state), and home values are some of the lowest around.

The public schools are quite lacking in terms of expenditures per student. The only thing saving Racine from ranking much higher on this list is the fact that the schools aren’t overcrowded. So while students don’t get financial resources, they get lots of 1-on-1 attention.

They need it here. In fact, a lot of people in Racine could use a big hug right about now.

Jefferson, WI

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Population: 7,821
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $174,600
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
More on Jefferson:  Data | Photos

Methodology: How we determined the worst places to live in Wisconsin for 2023

To figure out the worst places to live in Wisconsin, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a more significant weight. If you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are typically 7x more common and bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 141 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 141 for all the criteria, with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score.”

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score,” with the lowest score being the worst city in Wisconsin — Beloit. Read on for a detailed look at the ten worst cities in Wisconsin.

Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the worst places to live in Wisconsin.

Summary: Wrapping Up The Worst In Wisconsin

If you’re looking at areas in Wisconsin with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime and little to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Beloit ranks as the worst city to live in Wisconsin for 2023.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Wisconsin:

  1. Elm Grove (Pop. 6,456)
  2. Cedarburg (Pop. 12,109)
  3. Fox Point (Pop. 6,886)

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Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Beloit 36,567 7.0% $102,100
2 Milwaukee 578,198 6.2% $135,600
3 Portage 10,351 7.9% $151,000
4 Wisconsin Rapids 18,711 6.5% $94,000
5 Antigo 8,054 8.5% $80,500
6 Rice Lake 8,851 5.0% $152,200
7 Ashland 7,890 5.7% $112,200
8 Shawano 9,227 4.3% $106,200
9 Racine 77,705 5.8% $125,600
10 Jefferson 7,821 4.8% $174,600
11 Delavan 8,568 5.1% $157,700
12 Lake Geneva 8,300 5.8% $232,200
13 Kenosha 99,605 6.3% $168,800
14 Superior 26,601 3.7% $135,900
15 Tomah 9,515 4.6% $137,600
16 Green Bay 107,083 3.9% $151,000
17 Merrill 9,344 5.5% $86,600
18 Whitewater 14,369 4.7% $179,400
19 West Allis 60,220 4.2% $155,700
20 Waupaca 6,252 2.0% $124,300
21 Marinette 11,025 4.2% $85,800
22 Wausau 39,745 4.4% $129,300
23 Baraboo 12,446 3.9% $163,000
24 Platteville 11,774 3.7% $157,800
25 Fond du Lac 44,412 5.1% $130,200
26 Twin Lakes 6,306 7.7% $225,300
27 Watertown 23,030 5.5% $162,700
28 Sparta 9,955 2.5% $131,300
29 Mayville 5,165 6.4% $143,100
30 Janesville 65,506 4.9% $160,300
31 Oshkosh 66,694 3.1% $139,900
32 Menomonie 16,721 3.3% $161,900
33 Elkhorn 10,267 1.4% $193,900
34 Chippewa Falls 14,581 4.2% $153,800
35 Pleasant Prairie 21,193 4.1% $275,500
36 Weston 15,609 3.5% $172,200
37 Beaver Dam 16,594 6.1% $147,400
38 Sheboygan 49,849 3.6% $130,400
39 Berlin 5,546 3.2% $110,300
40 Fitchburg 29,361 1.5% $340,000
41 Bristol 5,155 10.0% $268,800
42 South Milwaukee 20,785 3.5% $170,900
43 Richland Center 5,097 2.6% $107,100
44 La Crosse 52,505 3.0% $161,200
45 West Bend 31,639 3.6% $191,300
46 Eau Claire 69,030 3.9% $178,000
47 New London 7,197 2.0% $137,400
48 Greenfield 37,623 3.3% $196,400
49 Rhinelander 8,177 1.6% $95,300
50 Mount Pleasant 27,572 2.6% $222,400
51 Stevens Point 25,752 5.5% $155,600
52 Appleton 74,752 3.9% $165,900
53 Fort Atkinson 12,529 3.3% $170,500
54 Marshfield 18,668 3.2% $139,900
55 Manitowoc 34,267 2.8% $115,600
56 Prairie du Chien 5,549 2.2% $122,300
57 Mukwonago 8,255 5.3% $262,400
58 Burlington 10,971 3.0% $218,600
59 New Richmond 9,908 1.5% $213,600
60 North Fond du Lac 5,349 4.0% $126,100
61 DeForest 10,700 2.2% $250,100
62 Edgerton 5,825 5.1% $172,700
63 Oak Creek 36,266 2.2% $248,800
64 Bellevue 15,922 3.2% $221,200
65 Jackson 7,131 4.6% $227,800
66 Franklin 36,685 4.1% $280,000
67 Brown Deer 12,562 3.9% $174,900
68 Two Rivers 11,276 1.7% $96,800
69 Caledonia 25,288 2.6% $226,900
70 Ripon 7,784 2.9% $133,400
71 Hartford 15,526 2.9% $207,600
72 Milton 5,708 2.2% $163,500
73 Howard 19,828 3.0% $234,600
74 Sturtevant 6,970 7.2% $188,100
75 St. Francis 9,254 2.1% $169,600
76 Ashwaubenon 17,042 4.3% $189,400
77 Columbus 5,465 2.4% $170,500
78 Altoona 8,244 3.8% $178,300
79 Monroe 10,668 3.3% $141,600
80 Slinger 5,946 4.6% $278,100
81 Plover 13,435 1.8% $192,200
82 Glendale 13,313 3.4% $230,100
83 Pewaukee 8,203 2.9% $219,500
84 Reedsburg 9,942 2.0% $167,100
85 Neenah 27,194 3.0% $155,200
86 Monona 8,560 2.3% $303,300
87 Sturgeon Bay 9,540 4.7% $153,100
88 Waukesha 71,307 2.5% $232,700
89 Madison 265,447 2.7% $277,800
90 Lake Mills 6,194 1.0% $207,100
91 Menasha 18,157 3.1% $140,700
92 Onalaska 18,760 2.9% $221,800
93 Lake Hallie 7,099 0.2% $192,600
94 Hobart 9,872 0.2% $294,000
95 Hudson 14,500 0.5% $282,900
96 Waterford 5,541 1.8% $240,000
97 Cudahy 18,197 2.7% $164,900
98 River Falls 16,058 3.0% $236,100
99 Little Chute 11,652 3.0% $166,700
100 Kaukauna 16,929 2.0% $154,600

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

42 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Places To Live In Wisconsin For 2023

    1. Haha! yeah, what’s up with that!? Went to school there and I like the people I’ve met there, but their police force/jail/court system isn’t the greatest…when their rates of minorities charged, incarcerated, sentenced, in their judicial system are so high. Ashland County is probably the number one spot in Wisconsin. A place where you want to blend in with the crowd, you know what I mean? It’s hard to be brown skinned in a place like that. In Ashland County’s jail is (at a educated guess) 75% filled with minorities, mainly people of Native American descent.

      1. My name is George T. and I think that reservations should be able to be included in, “Worst places to live in Wisconsin” because as Mii 15 observed, theres a lot of indians in jail. Well, the counties have to make some kind of money but this doesnt make sense as indians are some on the poorest citizens in wisconsin.

        Reservations should get weighted “backward points” for having some of the best educated cashiers and cleaning staff in their casinos. The 1972 Native American Indian Education Act guaranteed that the indian cleaning a toilet in a casino has a master degree in psychology.

        Tribal goverments are the first to screw over native americans, then the rest of society has a turn. This is more backwards points that would boost some reservations to number one on “wosrt places to live in wisconsin.

  1. Well, I think we have a WI hater here. Sounds like you think we only live in the summer here. I am over 60 and there is so much to do here in the winter also including awesome snowsports and ICE FISHING which is one of the best sports ever! If you do not know the peace and friendliness of our great state, you need to visit here. I have lived in Rice Lake all my life and love this city and northwest WI. Perhaps your crime data is because we have an awesome police force here and they stay on top of it. Many residents don’t even lock their doors here and have never been robbed! Imagine that! This is a beautiful area to live and I do agree that our wages could be higher, but this city Rice Lake is lucky enough to be the beginning edge of God’s country which many people from other states love to come to visit and eventually move here. I think before you publish a stupid article like this with poor pictures, you should probably visit each of these towns. LOVE WISCONSIN!

    1. Yeah Rice Lake is so great. Home of cults and religious fanatacism. I lived there for a few years and was bored out of my mind. The cops stop people for no reason, registered sex offenders live on damn near every street and it’s only redeeming quality is a surplus store. Sounds like someone is butthurt lol

  2. Why did you not list any statistics for Wisconsin Rapids. Surely it rates higher on this list since there are no jobs. We now have a new running joke here due to this article….it sucks so much here that it is not even worth mentioning why.

  3. Superior is not on the complete list and is certainly in the most populous cities in Wisconsin (27,000 population).

  4. Your appraisal of Racine schools is not correct. They totally messed up K-5 by getting rid of textbooks and dividing each class into about four levels depending on how well the student is learning. This means each teacher has four classes, with those on the bottom level getting left behind because they need more help that they don’t get in this system. Also, 35 kids per class is a low teacher/student ratio?

  5. Rhinelander, you have it all wrong. Nobody actually lives in Rhinelander, we all live out on the lakes and rivers. Low income because of apartment complexes and older homes in town. If you add in Pine Lake, Crescent, Pelican, Sugar Camp and others the income level will sky rocket. There are 2,000 lakes with in an hour of my home, why live in the city?

  6. I do not appreciate that fact that your opinion of Racine is that it is filled with lazy people because of our high unemployment rate. You have to have jobs available before people can work. They should be a living wage jobs which our governor and his cronies are against. The whole state is a bad place to live because of the governor.

    1. They are lazy. Its far easier to let others work and mooch off of the system. Or they don’t want to take a job that actually requires work with an hourly wage. Start wielding a striped cane and wear dark sunglasses because you are obviously blind. Walker has done alot more for this state than you obviously know.

  7. I grew up in Waupaca. Few people who grow up there stay there, and my former classmates that have stayed are poor and stressed out. It has made the lowest income for teacher in the state, which means that the district is continually getting sub par teachers. The few good teachers are wildly underappreciated. The only people who aren’t living like the natives in Cozumel are the ones who are in management at the foundry or own the banks. It’s lipstick on a pig. It’s beautiful thanks to the Chain and the money from outside Waupaca that builds the high-priced cabins on the lakes is beautiful. But the year round population is so poor that they can’t enjoy their beautiful town.

  8. Um…okay, how tf is Milwaukee not at the top of this bullsh!t list?? LOL?? Who wrote this article?? LOL?? Milwaukee by far has the HIGHEST crime rate and worse public school systems period! Yet, you even put Racine before Milwaukee as the worse place to live?? This is a joke…LOL! People are unemployed in Racine due to the lack of job opportunities, the same for any other

  9. I laughed when I saw the comments on Rhinelander, first of all, the city limits may have 7 thousand something, I live in Rhinelander but not in the city limits, I live in a township. From my understanding there are approx. 24,thousand something in the Rhinelander area. About nothing to do!!!!! you are crazy, there are number of things to do in the winter and fall, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, movies, plays, symphonies, and many more things. If you lived here you would see the peace, quiet and the pure beauty of this place. We are surrounded by lakes, why do you thing the people from the cities move up here to live? I’m not angry, I just think you have your head screwed on backwards when you listed all these towns because you thing they have a low pop. Come and visit, theres no science to it. lol Happy Hodag.

    1. Mary, thank you for posting this. You are right on!!! I totally agree with every single point you made. In addition to that, they put “high crime” into consideration?????????? That totally baffles me. Have they even been to Rhinelander? I never saw anything wrong with Merrill either.

  10. Lol…I moved to Wisconsin ( Green Bay) 20 plus yes ago from another state it’s the only place I’ll live great people . Lots of fun things to do year round

  11. This is the dumbest list I have ever seen. So you don’t take into consideration school district, business development city attractions or tourism, but you do state facts that are old and outdated. Beloit has it’s problems, just like every other city, but it’s not the 3rd worst city to live in. In fact Beloit has many many great things to offer, Awesome School district, Beloit College, Beloit Snappers, Unemployment rate under 7, #1 Farmers Market in the state and a very cool downtown area. The guy that wrote this article is a complete moron.

  12. Well I have been here for 46 years wisconsin is a very racist state high unemployment rate also the education system in Janesville and Milton is bs and Beloit do whatever they can to keep black American students for making I know all this from site and experience so wisconsin needs to be totally reformed for the federal judges to school .Principles

  13. So, let me understand…. unemployment in the Northern towns is because jobs are hard to come by… but in Racine, it’s caused by LAZINESS????

    Your dog whistle needs tuning. It’s not that subtle.

  14. Laura T. you fool, our great governor may very well be the next President and will certainly be better at creating jobs than the do nothing but talk dolt who now occupies the office. Job creation resolves most of the issues that plague not only Wisconsin but the nation as a whole.

    1. And our Governor has done that huh? Created jobs, huh? Yeah, if you listen to all of his made up facts. All Walker has ever done is run down our great state. Take a look at all of the facts Robert. He is the worse Governor we have ever had! God forbid he becomes our next President. Take a listen to Donald Trump. Not that I will vote for him but he sure does make a lot of good points. Especially about Wrong Way Walker!

  15. I question the writer’s credibility in this article. Unless you’ve been to these places, there’s no place for you to make comments on how boring it might be. I’ve lived in Rhinelander all my life and loved every second of it. If you want to rank cities based on crime and unemployment then have it, but those aren’t the deciding factors for whether it’s a terrible place to live. If you don’t believe me, ask the journal sentinel what they think of Rhinelander:

  16. Live near Rhinelander and agree with the survey except I think Rhinelander should have beat Merrill for the worst spot. High cost of living low wages and high crime oh yea. No where to shop little to do way too many drugs … The weather is difficult and roads and plowing dangerous. I could go on. We really needed the mining jobs up north but didn’t get them.

  17. I see from his ten best cities that it is heavily weighted toward upper middle class towns. Duh. Not everybody is upper middle class. I have lived in several of your ten worst towns, and they are perfectly nice places, just working class. Get over yourself.

    I grew up in NYC, and lived-in Chicago. So I am not a hick. I love living in Rome, right outside of Wisconsin Rapids.

  18. You obviously havent seen the area around Rhinelander, plus with amazing sport programs and a great school, Rhinelander should be near the best. plus everyone lives just outside of rhinelander. but if the person that made this was from Wisconsin and knew what he was talking about, we wouldnt need to worry.

  19. All of you need to shut the up god seeing these chatter box no good tea party comments is pathetic wisconsin may be having financial issues but it does not mean it is abad thing theres beauty in the state tio i do not care for blacks mexcans whites race is not the issue here the issue is being happy whete you live. Where we live is our issue if we are happy then let it be

  20. Oshkosh should be at #1. It’s extraordinarily hostile to men, so sexism is extreme. Even prison guards are deputized, so the entire area is in a constant police state–you can’t park…at a park….without being harassed by some bald guy with major weight issues. A few barons in the area control absolutely everything. The mutants that crawl around that black hole are by far the most follower-type peoples on the planet–there is no independent thought whatsoever. Sexual selection simply doesn’t exist, they just let alcohol do the choosing. The women are extraordinarily grotesque and are 100% male-users and abusers–condescending, crazy, and just plain mean. Everything is packed on the frontage roads (tourist trap) and is all low-wage chain-type stores meant for prisoner-employees who are forced to work in these things……by design. UWO is such a terrible environment that the only reason people attend is that it’s close to home. The lakes are all built up around, and people are so lazy, humongous, and unskilled that they need boats to get around. Daytime during the winter months is pure torture. The overall vibe there is so negative for any living thing that kids who practically know nothing want to leave even before high school “graduation”. It’s no wonder Oshkosh has been mocked nationally for many decades, it literally should be depopulated and razed for the sake of all living entities. I’m pretty sure ghosts don’t even stick around.

  21. The Clown that wrote this is not even from Wisconsin. He is a FIB – he calls a higway a Route. Why doesn’t he make a list of the worst Illinois cities? They are a whole lot worse.

  22. this is a bunch of bull crap i was born in Rhinelander and i was raised here as well its a very safe place the schools are amazing we have 3 private schools and i believe 3 or 4 public schools with great people and a great community. The jobs are amazing with great pay i don’t care what you have against Rhinelander but there is nothing wrong with it. This might be my opinion being stated now but I know that writing this is talking for a lot of Hodags when i say Rhinelander is an amazing place to live

  23. I think Kenosha should be in the top 5. We have the most corrupt police in the state our motto is literally ,”come here on vacation, leave on revocation.” We are only known for All Capone and having the most bars in one city. DCFS/ DA will litterely fabricate information and suppress evidence to adopt / sell as many children , while denying them Medical treatment then judges will ignore evidence even when you have hard coppies on you and push prison terms and TPR for parents and innocent people. Also we have a ton of sex offender including a convicted kiddy pimp who the police are letting groom children and doing nothing to stop. Also in the last two monhs we’ve had at least 20+. Murders. That doesn’t count the week of 4t/ of July last year when at least 10 people were killed; 5 in a single night. I saw the body bags being pulled out for three then got told about two the next day. Do I need to say more

  24. Wisconsin’s falty education system shows in these comments. I am from Milwaukee county and was born in the city, and the article is pretty spot on. But Milwaukee balances itself out with the positive cultural, sporting and culinary options the city does quite well. Tom O.. you are an ignorant SOB.

  25. These creative spellings and punctuations from the so-very-offended contributors above are alone worth the price of admission here. (My favorite: “He is a FIB – he calls a higway a Route.”

  26. Sorry to see you haven’t included any small cities like Phillips WI. , Minocqua WI., Park Falls Wi , Hayward WI . These are cities that boast a great lifestyle but do not take into account the low wages earned by the people who work there along with the cost of housing and the cost per resident for schools . These are great place to PLAY , but to live there is a struggle.

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