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Most Americans have never been to Wisconsin. However, as the people who live there know, Wisconsin is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Wisconsin has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Badger State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 227 of Wisconsin's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Wisconsin where you'd never want to live:
So what is the worst small town to call home in wisconsin for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Little Round Lake is the worst small town to live in Wisconsin.
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Wisconsin has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
The 10 Worst Small Towns In Wisconsin For 2020
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $80,300 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.3% (1st worst)
More on Little Round Lake: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $108,100 (54th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.1% (2nd worst)
More on Lac Du Flambeau: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $61,500 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (4th worst)
More on Hurley: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $100,700 (41st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (19th worst)
More on Crandon: Data
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $100,200 (40th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (5th worst)
More on Frederic:
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $82,700 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.3% (3rd worst)
More on Adams: Data
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $83,400 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (93rd worst)
More on Ladysmith: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $93,500 (27th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (95th worst)
More on Cornell: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $123,300 (86th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (60th worst)
More on Eagle River: Data
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Wisconsin, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we determined the worst small towns to live in Wisconsin for 2020
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 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 227 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Wisconsin
If you're analyzing teeny places in the Badger State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Wisconsin, according to science:
- Cross Plains (Pop. 4,106)
- Shorewood Hills (Pop. 2,214)
- Okauchee Lake (Pop. 4,409)
For more Wisconsin reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Wisconsin
|1||Little Round Lake||1,190|
|2||Lac Du Flambeau||1,537|
|51||Black River Falls||3,512|
|71||St. Croix Falls||1,922|